Vocations

“Vocations are a gift from God to the individual; but the people of God need to do their part to request them. The soil for vocations is prepared at home and in the parish through good catechesis and by the living examples of faith, but if the seeds of vocations to the priesthood and religious life are not planted in the minds and hearts of the faithful when they are young, those prospective vocations may never mature and become harvested.

All the faithful should be encouraging of those among them who manifest the qualities that would indicate God may be calling them to the priesthood or religious life. The values we look for in individuals who are about to become spouses are exactly the same for those considering the priesthood and religious life: love of God; love of family; a desire to grow in holiness; service to God and neighbor; selflessness; an active prayer life; respect for others; participation in the Eucharist, actively and regularly; ability to make a commitment.

Praying for vocations is essential!

Jesus wanted to teach us that vocations in the church do not come by chance, neither by themselves, nor can we make them out of human efforts only. They come to us from the mercy of God. If we do not pray to obtain them, they will not be given us.

Blessed Hannibal DiFrancia

When we see someone whom we think may have a calling to the ordained or religious life, all we need to do is ask “have you ever thought about becoming a priest?”; “have you ever thought about being a religious sister or brother?”; “have you ever thought about becoming a deacon?”

(from “Do Whatever He Tells You”- A Pastoral Plan for Vocational Awareness – Archdiocese of Detroit)


Other Links:

http://www.aod.org/being-catholic/vocations/

http://www.detroitpriest.com
(AOD Office of Priestly Vocations)

http://www.foryourvocation.org
(USCCB Vocations)

http://cara.georgetown.edu
(Center for Applied Research- Apostolate)


Websites for the Family:

  • Domestic Church: www.domestic-church.com
    This is a family apostolate that provides very good links to information, activities and articles about being a Catholic family.
  • Home Faith: www.homefaith.com
    Published by the Claretians, this website is devoted to nurturing spirituality in Catholic families.
  • Apostolate for Family Consecration: www.familyland.org
    The Apostolate for Family Consecration was founded to simultaneously transform families and parishes; and to nourish families through the Catholic Faith in the Eucharistic and Marian Spirit of Pope John Paul II.
  • Mass times when on vacation: www.masstimes.org
    Mass Times was developed in 1994, to help traveling Catholics in the USA find a nearby church with a schedule of religious services.
  • Catholic Exchange: www.catholicexchange.com
    Catholic Exchange is a non-profit media organization that seeks to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by the Catholic Church to the world through the modern tools of mass communication. Inspired by Pope John Paul II’s call for a “Springtime of a New Evangelization,” and in faithfulness to Pope Benedict XVI, we strive to “put out into the deep” a relevant response to the need for greater catechesis and revival of the lay faithful.
  • Family Vocation Ministries: www.familyvocations.org
    Family Vocation Ministries is a non-profit organization founded for the purpose of promoting and praying for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life by sanctifying family life.

Prayers for Vocations:

Dear God, you have created us in your own image and have given us so many gifts. We ask you to bless us all, so that we may know best how to love you and each other with those gifts. We pray especially for those young men and women who are searching for ways to serve you in love. May they be open to all that you may ask. We pray for those who study for the priesthood and religious life, that their preparations may bring to the church happy and holy priests and religious men and women. We ask this, through Christ the Good Shepherd.
Archdiocese of Detroit

Lord, I am older now. Time weighs heavy on my hands. They are too weak to labor now. Let my prayers be your hands, reaching out to inpire younger men and women. Lord, the harvest is ripe, the laborers few. I beg you, touch the hearts of the young. Make them want to serve as lay ministers, priests, sisters, deacons and brothers.
Archdiocese of Detroit

By water and the Holy Spirit we have become children of God, therefore we pray:
Lord Jesus, as You once called the first disciples to make them fishers of men, let Your sweet invitation continue to re-sound: Come, follow Me! Give young men and women the grace of responding quickly to Your voice. Support our bishops, priests, and consecrated people in their apostolic labor. Grant perseverance to our seminarians and to all those who are carrying out the ideal of a life totally consecrated to Your service. Mary, Mother of the Church, the model of every vocation, help us to say “Yes” to the Lord Who calls us to cooperate in the divine plan of salvation.
We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen
Blessed John Paul II

Thank you, Lord, for all your great and wonderful gifts. Help us to live each day with joy and humility. Keep us totally dedicated to serving you. Teach us to recognize the many ways you make your Spirit known. Then help each of us to accept your gift, then grace to answer your call to form, strengthen and expand the Body of Christ. Amen.
Diocese of Lexington

Generous God, you call us by name and ask us to follow you. Help us grow in the love and service of our church. Give us the energy and spirit to shape its future. Grant us faith-filled leaders who will embrace Christ’s mission of love and justice. Bless the church by raising up dedicated and generous leaders from our family and friends who will serve as sisters, priests, brothers, deacons and lay ministers. Inspire us to open our hearts and hear your call.
Diocese of Austin

Loving God, help us follow the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary in willingly giving ourselves in service to your church. Stir up the grace of priestly and religious vocations in the hearts of many within our community and send your Spirit to guide and strengthen them in answering your call. Amen.
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson

Loving God, you are the creator of the universe. You have gifted me with life. You call me to be a light to the world through Baptism. Help me to brighten our world by sharing my gifts in the service of others and respecting all creation. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
National Coalition for Church Vocations

Loving and merciful God, you call us into being and commission us to serve your people. We pray that our lives might make a difference and that our service might give you praise. Strengthen us, we pray, to be instruments of peace and justice in our church and in our world. May the desire to ministry as priests, sisters, brothers, deacons and lay ministers. We ask this in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
National Coalition for Church Vocations

Lord God, you so loved the world that you sent your only son, Jesus, to bring eternal life to those who believe in him. I join him in his prayer for laborers in your harvest. May your Holy Spirit inspire and strengthen generous men and women to continue his mission in the world. May this same Spirit make known to me your will in my regard. Where you lead, I will follow. Let it be done to me according to your word. I make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
Diocese of St. Augustine

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the savior of the world. Please manifest in your church the Spirit whom you also abundantly bestowed on your apostles. Call very many to priesthood and religious life. May zeal for your glory and for the salvation of the world inflame those you have chosen. May they be saints in your likeness. May our Holy Spirit strengthen them. May they be priests and religious according to your own heart.
Diocese of Marquette

Jesus, we ask you to bless our parish and all those living their commitment to you as married couples, singles, sisters, priests, deacons and brothers. We pray that our young people may know their vocation and respond with enthusiasm and generosity of spirit. Increase the faith life of our parish and strengthen our family life. Bless our parish with many vocations. Grant, Lord, that faithfully sharing your mission in this life, we may come together to share your eternal life in heaven.
Archdiocese of Hartford

Loving Father, you call each of us by name and ask us to follow you. Bless your church by raising up dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve your people as priests, sisters, brothers and permanent deacons. We ask this in Jesus’ name.
Serra International

O God, who wills not the death of a sinner but rather that he be converted and live, grant we beseech you, through the intercession of the Blessed Mary ever virgin, Saint Joseph her spouse, Blessed Junipero Serra and all the saints, an in-crease of laborers for your church, fellow laborers to spend and consume themselves for souls, through the same Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns. with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.
Serra International

Almighty God, your son Jesus told us to pray for vocations since the harvest is great and the laborers are few. Help all of us who center our Catholic lives in word and sacrament to be active promoters of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The ministry of identifying and nurturing vocations belongs to each member of each family in our parish families. May we all accept this mission from Jesus with the determination that comes from faith. We pray though Christ our Lord.
Bishop Elden F. Curtiss