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The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations
is to publically 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 and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all
vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations
to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission "ad gentes".
2017 marks the 54rd Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Bishop Michael Burbidge on the World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Watch Bishop Michael Burbidge, Chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life & Vocations, discuss the importance of supporting and encouraging those who are pursuing a vocation.
A Special Message from the Seminarians of the Diocese of Raleigh
Watch a special message from the seminarians of the Diocese of Raleigh in honor of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
For young people; That they may know the personal love of the Lord for them, and respond with open and generous hearts. We pray to the Lord. . . .
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