Pope asks all to urge youth to consider becoming priests, religious

The Vatican has called for the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations to be observed May 15, the fourth Sunday of Easter, commonly known as Good Shepherd Sunday.

Pope Benedict XVI set the theme for the occasion, “Proposing Vocations in the Local Church,” in his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

The theme underscores the responsibility of all in the local Church to foster vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

The message notes that parish priests, families, catechists and youth ministers are invited to take advantage of “every moment in the life of the Church community” for prayer and pastoral activity that give children and young people a sense of “belonging to the Church and of responsibility for answering the call to priesthood and religious life by a free and informed decision.”

“We all have a responsibility to invite young people to consider if God is calling them to the priesthood or consecrated life,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

“Such a call challenges our deepest convictions and leads to the discovery of the deepest truth about ourselves.Those who are being called by God deserve our prayers and encouragement to respond generously and without reservation.”

The U.S. Bishops’ website, http://www.foryourvocation.org/ or http://www.portuvocacion.org/, and their Facebook page and other social media outlets, provide resources to help laity and clergy build a culture of vocations in home and parishes. Site elements include videos of priests and religious men and women giving witness to their vocations, videos of testimonies from parents whose children have answered a vocation to the priesthood and consecrated life, prayers and discernment resources for men and women, down-loadable lesson plans for educators, and retreat resources for parishes.

“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,” said Mercy Sister Mary Joanna Ruhland, associate director of the Vocations Secretariat.

“The web resources are valuable tools for their efforts.”

Dioceses, parishes and organizations are invited to link to ForYourVocation.org and use the colorful web banner ads at http://foryourvocation.org/web-resources.cfm (English) and http://foryourvocation.org/web-resources-spanish.cfm (Spanish) found there.

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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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1 Response to Pope asks all to urge youth to consider becoming priests, religious

  1. Gordon Jacobs says:

    Great, for those who plan to urge the youth to become priests and religious, one must encourage them that there’s can be a rags to riches story within a short time. White and blue color workers will never be able to financially achieve in a lifetime and more, what they can achieve in a couple of years.
    Tonnes of money, redevelop ther houses in the village from where they come, sturdy bank accounts, properties in metro cities, fancy model airconditioned cars, good meals and drink, airconditioned living quarters and most of all zero accountability and fully protected from the High church aurhorities. Its rather late for me in life to change tracks, yet however I can meet my maker at any time he calls me, without much suffering in this world. Lets get the youth to join quickly or admissions will close quick.

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