Pope Paul VI established this day of Prayer for Vocations during the Vatican Council which continued for 15 years. Pope Paul VI continued the tradition and every year the Pope sends a special message on the day. (Below you will find all the messages up to 2021 and 2022 will be uploaded when Pope Francis releases his message)
On the 8th May 2022 we will mark the 59th Anniversary of World Day for Vocations. This is the day we are asked to publicly recognize Vocation in all its forms but especially to Religious Life, Priesthood and Consecrated Life. We fulfil the Lord’s instruction to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. (Mt9:38; Lk 10:2)
Pope Francis has been calling for a culture of Vocation as part of a Synodal process. Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation “Christus Vivit” says clearly that he wanted to “remind you of certain convictions born of our faith, and at the same time to encourage you to grow in holiness and in commitment to your personal vocation. But since it is also part of a synodal process, I am also addressing this message to the entire People of God, Pastors and faithful alike”. Pg 9 paragraph 3.
When speaking specifically about vocations. Pope Francis talks about vocation in terms of a call to holiness, to grow in maturity for God. “All the faithful, whatever their condition or state, are called by the Lord, each in his or her own way, to that perfect holiness by which the Father himself is perfect.”137 pg117
Pope Francis is not afraid to challenge young people to consider a religious vocation. To pray, to listen, to discern what the Lord is calling you to do with your life. He says “ Ask yourself is this the path you are meant to follow”. 274 pg127.
-The world day of prayer message for each year since it began.
– The Made for More videos on our Webiste from previous years
-Litany for Vocations (courtesy of NRVC)
Finally on May the 8th you might like to join with Vocations Ireland on You Tube to celebrate this day in Prayer. A Virtual prayer service for Vocations produced for Vocations Ireland by Helena Connolly and Anne-Marie Whelan
During the coming weeks will slowly upload more made for more videos . ENJOY!!