Church to Celebrate World Day of Prayer for Vocations
On Sunday, April 29, the Catholic Church will celebrate “World Day of Prayer for Vocations.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website notes, the purpose of “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).
In recognizing all vocations, the faithful are encouraged to pray especially on this one day for vocations to the priesthood and diaconate and vocations to Religious life.
In a letter to Catholics in the Diocese of Raleigh, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge expressed his gratitude for making “our Diocese a place where God’s love can be nourished and vocations and vocations can be carefully discerned through prayer at home, school and faith formation classes.
Read Bishop Burbidge’s letter: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)
A Prayer for Vocations
Loving God, you call all who believe in you
to grow perfect in love by following in the footsteps
of Christ your Son.
Call from among us more men and women
who will serve you as religious.
By their way of life, may they provide a convincing sign
of your Kingdom for the Church and the whole world.
We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Gracious and loving God, help the
men and women of our parish to hear the
call to serve in the Diocese of Raleigh.
Our needs are great and our people
thirst for your presence.
Open the hearts of many, raise up
faithful servants of the Gospel, dedicated,
holy priests, sisters, brothers and deacons,
who will spend themselves for your people and their needs.
Bless those who are serving now
with courage and perseverance.
Grant that many will be inspired by their
example and faith.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.