The Diocese of Raleigh will resume its monthly Vocations celebrations, with an event scheduled in each of the eight Deaneries beginning in September and concluding in May 2011. The first event will be a Mass for Vocations followed by a reception at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh, Friday, September 10, at 7:00 PM.
This is the fourth year the Diocese is conducting Mass and Prayer Services for Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life. This year, each Deanery will determine the type of event it will host, with possibilities to include a Mass, Adoration and Benediction or a prayer service. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will preside at the liturgical events, joined by Father Ned Shlesinger, Diocesan Vocations Director.
“The Deanery celebrations provide the faithful in each Deanery the chance to gather with Bishop Burbidge to pray for an increase in vocations,” Father Shlesinger said. “It also affords the men and women discerning a call to vocation the opportunity to meet with and talk to Priests and Religious about their Priesthood and Consecrated Life.”
Father Shlesinger believes the Diocesan prayers for an increase in vocations is being answered by Our Lord. He points to the fact that the Diocese has eight new seminarians this year, joining the returning 13 in formation.
Again this year, Bishop Burbidge is asking the faithful to pray for the seminarians by name. Father Shlesinger said it is important for the men to know that they are being lifted up in prayer on a daily basis. “Schools have adopted individual seminarians, and students will send letters and cards reminding them of their support. Parish groups and ministries and the Knights of Columbus councils are also very faithful in praying for our seminarians,” Father Shlesinger added.
To learn more about the 21 seminarians, please visit the Diocese of Raleigh Vocations Web site.
Vocation Celebration Deanery Sites and Dates:
- September 10, 2010 – Raleigh Deanery
- October 8, 2010 – Piedmont Deanery
- November 19, 2010 – Tar River Deanery
- December 3, 2010 – Fayetteville Deanery
- January 21, 2011 – New Bern Deanery
- February 4, 2011 – Newton Grove Deanery
- March 11, 2011 – Albemarle Deanery
- April 8, 2011 – Cape Fear Deanery
On September 3, parishes, schools and campus ministries will also resume a monthly Holy Hour for Vocations on the First Friday of each month, with parishioners invited to participate. See the schedule of Holy Hours throughout the Diocese of Raleigh.