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Our mission at Invisible Monastery is to organize continuous prayer for vocations in every diocese. Please help us in this effort by posting a link to www.invisiblemonastery.com on your website, Facebook, Twitter or other social media.
Why We Pray
One saint can change the world. One holy priest can transform a parish. One dedicated sister can affect the lives of thousands.
That’s why we’re dedicated to prayer—not simply to deepen our own friendship with Jesus, but to beg Him for the leaders we need in today’s Church.
In particular, we need to pray for more priests. In many parts of the world, priests have become less numerous, which leads to parish closings, overworked clergy, and worst of all, minimal access to the Sacraments.
When you pray, pray from the heart! Ask the Lord to inspire young people in your diocese, from your own parish, to consider a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life.
With full faith in God, trust that your prayers are heard! “This is the confidence we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His name, He hears us.” 1 John 5:15
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
This Sunday, April 21, is the 50th anniversary of World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Be sure to offer a prayer intention during Mass.
On the first World Day of Prayer for Vocations, in 1964, Pope Paul VI said in a Vatican radio broadcast, “Wherever numerous vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life are to be found, that is where people are living the Gospel with generosity.”
In his message for 2013, Pope Benedict assured us, “Jesus continues to say, ‘Come, follow me.’ Accepting His invitation means no longer choosing our own path. Following Him means immersing our own will in the will of Jesus, truly giving Him priority, giving Him pride of place in every area of our lives.”
An Idea for your Parish – Vocations Class
One recent study found that many priests first thought about the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood at around age 11. Offer to help the religious education teacher for Grade 5 or 6 to present a vocations-themed class. Show one of these well-made videos and ask students to discuss it:
Fishers of Men (18 minutes) – Powerful video that has inspired many young Catholics.
A Week in the Life of a Priest (11 minutes) – A good overview of what a priest does day-to-day.
A Divine Vocation (5 minutes) – Beautiful young nun describes her attraction to religious life.
End the class with a period of quiet prayer: direct the students to pray in their hearts, asking the Lord to show them their vocations.
Additional Vocation Resources
Many high-quality vocation resources for parishes, schools, and dioceses are available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada.
The Invisible Monastery Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, You made each of us to
use our gifts in the Body of Christ.
We ask that You inspire young people
whom You call to the priesthood and consecrated life
to courageously follow Your will.
Send workers into Your great harvest
so that the Gospel is preached,
the poor are served with love,
the suffering are comforted,
and Your people are strengthened by the Sacraments.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.