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Catholic Church Observes Vocations Awareness Week

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The U.S. Catholic Church is celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week January 13-19, 2013. The Church asks each of us to pray to hear the Voice of God and to discern our unique, individual calling, which is both gift and mystery.

In his letter to the faithful of the Diocese made available in parish bulletins the weekend of January 12-13, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge said, “I encourage you to pray daily for the grace to continue to live a life worthy of the call you have received and to provide the help and encouragement that our young people need to respond generously to God’s call.”

Bishop Burbidge expressed his gratitude to everyone “for praying for our twenty-one seminarians by name and asking God to give them the joyful gift of perseverance.”

Three of the twenty-one, Deacon Nick Cottrill, Deacon Tom Duggan and Deacon Ryan Elder, are scheduled to be ordained to the Priesthood on June 1, 2013, at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary.  

Mr. Michael Burbeck, who is in Third Year Theology, is scheduled to be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate at Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 6, 2013.

Information on the Diocesan Vocations program, including lesson plans and materials for all ages, is available at http://www.raleighvocations.org/. Additional information is available on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Vocations website, http://www.foryourvocation.org/.

Read Bishop Burbidge’s Vocation Awareness Week letter: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF) 

Prayer for Vocations

Heavenly Father, your Son, Jesus Christ,
came among us with great humility and courage,
to pour out his life in service to the Church.

Send your Holy Spirit upon young men and
women, we pray, that they may know themselves
as beloved sons and daughters, and
hear your call to pour out their lives
in service to the Church.

Mary, our Mother, pray for them,
that they may respond, like you,
with humility and courage:
“Be it done to me according to your word.”

This we ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.