Priesthood/Diaconate

Vocations

Jesus turned, saw them following, and asked, "What are you looking for?"
They answered, "Where do you live?"
Jesus answered, "Come and see."
John 1: 38-39

"The harvest is plenty, but laborers are few, beg the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers"
Matthew 9:37-38

The shortage of priests and religious has become acute. The percentage of priests and ministers under the age of 35 is around seven percent, much lower than it was as recently as twenty-five years ago.

In 1965, almost 1,000 new priests were ordained in the United States. Now it is less than 500 annually.

There are 67,000 women religious, more than half are over 70.
The Holy Father asked for continual prayer for vocations during the 2005 Year of the Eucharist in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation The Church in
America n.40

"The indispensable role of the priest within the community must lead all the members of the Church in America to recognize the importance of promoting vocations. The American continent has many young people who represent an immense spiritual resource. Therefore, it is necessary to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life where they first develop, and Christian families must be invited to support their children if they feel called to follow this path. Vocations “are a gift of God” and ‘they are born in communities of faith, above all in the family, the parish, Catholic schools and other Church organizations. Bishops and priests are particularly responsible for encouraging vocations by personally presenting the call, and above all by their witness of a life of fidelity, joy, enthusiasm and holiness. The entire People of God is responsible for promoting vocations, and does so chiefly by persistent and humble prayer for vocations."

As members of the faith community at Immaculate Conception, we need to pray daily for young men and women to be open to God’s calling to serve.

Prayers For Vocations

Loving and Generous God,
it is You who call us by name
and ask us to follow You.

Help us to grow in the Love
and Service of our Church
as we experience it today.

Give us the energy and courage
of Your Spirit
to shape its future

Grant us faith-filled leaders
who will embrace Christ’s Mission
of love and justice.

Bless the Church of Immaculate Conception
by raising up dedicated and generous leaders
from our families and friends
who will serve Your people as Sisters,
Priests, Brothers, Deacons and Lay Ministers.

Inspire us to know You better
and open our hearts
to hear Your call.

We ask this through our Lord.

Amen

JESUS,
God made Man,
who didst come down from heaven to save sinners
and to diffuse thy Charity throughout the world,
it is thy Will that souls shall be brought to thee
through the members of thy Church who are called to dedicate their lives to thy service.
We pray therefore that many may hear thy call,
some to the sacred priesthood,
others to the life of prayer in the cloister or of dedication to the works of mercy;
to feeding the hungry,
to sheltering the orphan and the aged,
to healing the sick and to instructing our children.

Multiply among us churches
which are truly houses of prayer and priests who are men of God.
Make our Catholic homes fortresses against the influence of the wicked and the worldly;
inspire both parents and children with the spirit of self-sacrifice.
Bless our schools wherein those same children are taught to seek
first the Kingdom of God.
Teach us all how great an honor it is to hear thy voice inviting us to follow thee.

The harvest, Lord Jesus, is great but the laborers are still too few.
Send laborers, dear Lord, into fields ripe for the harvest.

Mary, through whom all graces come, multiply vocations to the service of thy Son.

Amen

Other Resources

Links to other resources for vocations:

Additional Information on vocations can be found at the following sites:

http://www.vocation.com/

http://www.religiousministries.com/

http://www.louisvillevocations.org/