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Praying for Vocations

14 May

This Sunday, the Church throughout the world will celebrate the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

This year’s theme is “proposing vocations in the local Church,” which brings home the importance of promoting vocations in our own families, parishes, and archdiocese. The Church desires that young people feel “welcome” in the Church and learn to take responsibility for responding to God’s call in their lives.

While praying in gratitude this weekend for the many vocations we already have—including our new deacons—we may wish to remember in a particular way the three men who will be ordained as priests for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas later this month: Nicholas Blaha, Barry Clayton, and Michael Peterson

While any and all prayer will do, I’ve reproduced below a traditional Catholic prayer for vocations. Why not say this prayer now. for an outpouring of vocations in Eastern Kansas and throughout the Church?

Lord Jesus Christ, Shepherd of souls, who called the apostles to be fishers of men, raise up new apostles in Your holy Church. Teach them that to serve You is to reign: to possess You is to possess all things. Kindle in the hearts of our people the fire of zeal for souls. Make them eager to spread Your Kingdom upon earth. Grant them courage to follow You, as You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Amen.