The 51st anniversary of World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated on Sunday, May 11, also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." In a papal message, Pope Francis reminds Catholics, “No vocation is born of itself for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love.”
The day of prayer is an opportunity to fulfill the Lord's instruction to: "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge asks that we continue to pray daily for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. He prays that young men and women will hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life, and secular institutes.
Bishop Burbidge currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The committee assists bishops, both collectively and individually, in promoting, supporting and educating the faithful about the Church’s pastoral needs. It also addresses concerns for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life within culturally diverse communities of the United States and addresses issues concerning the life and ministry of bishops. The committee develops foundational documents and appropriate resources that promote the effective ministry of the clerical state, consecrated life and vocations.
There are 255 priests, deacons, brothers, sisters and seminarians in the Diocese.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations with Bishop Burbidge
A Special Message from Our Seminarians
How many promises have you received that never came true?
“When I grow up I want to be one of you!”