National Vocations Awareness Week

From November 6-12, the Catholic Church in the United States is celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW), sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

This annual event is designed to help promote vocation awareness and to encourage young people to ask the question: “To what vocation in life is God calling me?”

NVAW is dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

Observance of Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for the celebration. It was later moved to Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January. The USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations moved the observance of National Vocation Awareness Week to November to engage Catholic schools and colleges more effectively in this effort.

As you reflect on how you can contribute to planting seeds in the hearts of young men who will be our future priests, here is  a video produced by the Secretariat of Communications on inviting a young man to consider a vocation the priesthood.

Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, we thank you for
calling men and women to serve in your
Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, and
consecrated persons.
Send your Holy Spirit to help others to respond
generously and courageously to your call.
May our community of faith support vocations of
sacrificial love in our youth and young adults.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of
the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

Additional prayers for vocations are available in English and Español.

Resources

For information about Diocese of Orlando Vocations, please visit https://www.orlandodiocese.org/ministries-offices/vocations.

Additional prayers for vocations are available in English and Español. Click here for more information and resources for National Vocations Awareness Week, including a prayer card, suggested prayers of the faithful and bulletin-ready quotes.