Catholics called to build a "culture of vocations"

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Thursday 30, October 2014 | Category:   Vocation and Discernment
Prayer card for Vocations provided by the USCCB
USCCB prayer card for vocations

The 2014 National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW), Nov. 2-8, will be celebrated in U.S. parishes as a special time to "foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life."

Pope Francis emphasized the culture of vocations in Evangelii Gaudium, proclaiming: "The fraternal life and fervor of the community can awaken in the young a desire to consecrate themselves completely to God and to preaching of the Gospel. This is particularly true if such a living community prays insistently for vocations and courageously proposes to its young people the path of special consecration." 

The observance of NVAW is sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. The organization has created a variety of NVAW resources including news releases, videos of daily reflections, homily points, Holy Hours for Vocations, Prayers of the Faithful, prayers for vocations, and other resources such as lesson plans and activities.

Fr. Shawn McKnight, USCCB’s executive director of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, said: “When three or more people encourage someone to consider a religious vocation, he or she is far more likely to take serious steps toward answering that call.”

Nov. 30 marks the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life. Check out the VISION Year of Consecrated Life section on our website for articles, resources, and the commissioned song “Wake the world with dawning joy," in honor of this celebratory year of consecration and discipleship.

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