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World Day of Prayer for Vocations

 

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life.  While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission "ad gentes".

This year marks the 51st Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Prayer Card - Jesus Prayer for Vocations
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
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Resources for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations


Message of the Holy Father
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Prayers for Vocations

World Day of Prayer for Vocations website

Bishop Michael Burbidge on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Watch Bishop Michael Burbidge, Chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations, discuss the importance of supporting and encouraging those who are pursuing a vocation.

A Special Message from the Seminarians of the Diocese of Raleigh
Watch a special message from the seminarians of the Diocese of Raleigh in honor of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Prayers of the Faithful

For young men and women; That God may give them the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church, the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life; And for the gift of courage to follow His call. We pray to the Lord. . . .

For young people; That they may know the personal love of the Lord for them, and respond with open and generous hearts. We pray to the Lord. . . .

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World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, May 11th, also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday."  The purpose of this day is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).  Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. You can find many resources to promote a culture of vocations on the USCCB Vocations webpage (www.usccb.org/vocations)..


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