World Day of Prayer for Vocations is recognized on Sunday, May 12, 2019, Good Shepherd Sunday. This year marks the 56th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which was instituted by Pope Paul VI during the Second Vatican Council. To read Pope Francis’ message, The Courage to Take a Risk for God’s Promise, in its entirety, in English, please click here and in Spanish please click here
The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes”.
Please click here for a resource kit for World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It includes a liturgy planning guide, homily notes, general intercessions, prayer service, bulletin announcements and other resources for your parish.