Sunday 25th April is the 58th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.”
The purpose of this day of prayer is to publicly 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 & to consecrated life.
While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), consecrated life in all its forms (male and female religious life, societies of apostolic life, consecrated virginity), secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life.
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.
Resources for promoting vocations can be found at www.vocations.ie
Pope Francis’ Message for Vocations Sunday can be accessed here;
“There is no salvation through anyone else.”
Does a life of joy in knowing you are following the Lord as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life inspire you?
Speak to your local priest, or contact your Diocesan Vocations Director
Fr. Peter: firstname.lastname@example.org; 048 37522802)
or email the National Vocations Office on email@example.com