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God is still actively calling men and women to service in the church as priests, deacons, religious and lay leaders! "The harvest is rich, but the laborers are few."
For more information about priesthood and the religious life, as well as various canonical communities, seminary life, discerning one's vocation, and frequently asked questions about brotherhood, sisterhood, and the priesthood--along with a special section on the diaconate and lay ministry opportunities--see the website for the Office for Vocations at: http://www.lavocations.org
Pray for Vocations
The theme for this year is “Proposing Vocations in the Local Church.” Pope Benedict asks that parish priests, families, catechists and youth ministers take advantage of “every moment” in the life of the local church for prayer and activities that give children and young people a sense of belonging to the Church and a sense of their responsibility to answer the call to priesthood and religious life.
Mercy Sister Mary Joanna Ruhland (Associate Director of the U.S. bishops’ vocations office) writes, “We hope that every member of the Church will encourage and promote vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life at home, in the parish, at school and in their community.”
The bishops’ conference has created two websites, a Facebook page and other social media outlets to help laity build a culture of vocations. Everyone is encouraged to watch and listen to the testimonies of people who became successful in their religious vocations through the websites www.ForYourVocation.org
Please pray for Vocations!!
Good and gracious God,
you have called us through Baptism to discipleship
with your Son Jesus Christ,
and have sent us to bring the Good News of salvation to all people.
We pray you to grant us more priests, deacons,
religious brothers and sisters and lay ministers
to build up your Church here within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Inspire your people by the example of Blessed Junipero Serra
to give themselves totally to the work of Christ and His Church.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen!