National Vocation Awareness Week Calls Catholics to Foster a Culture of Vocations
A culture of vocations is one that provides the necessary support for others to hear and respond to God’s call in their lives.
The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1 – 7, 2015. This observance, sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is a special time for parishes and all Catholics in the United States to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.
Pope Francis, in his message of April 26, 2015 on the 52nd Day of World Prayer for Vocations, stated, “Responding to God’s call means allowing Him to help us leave ourselves and our false security behind, and to strike out on the path which leads to Jesus Christ, the origin and destiny of our life and our happiness.” The Holy Father stresses, “The Christian vocation, rooted in the contemplation of the Father’s heart, thus inspires us to solidarity in bringing liberation to our brothers and sisters, especially the poorest.”
National Vocations Awareness Week 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?”
Encouraging others to recognize the promptings of the Holy Spirit and to follow Christ without reservations are key elements in supporting a culture of vocations,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina. “With God’s grace, we can have a positive impact on others who may be open to considering a vocation to priesthood or religious life, by simply inviting them to think and pray about it. Our enthusiasm and willingness to speak directly to others about vocations just might be the conversation someone needs to respond to God’s call.”
“Over and over again when asked, newly ordained priests and newly professed women and men religious, credit the encouragement of family members, co-workers, friends and clergy, as being a significant factor in their pursuing a vocations,” said Fr. Ralph O’Donnell, USCCB’s executive director of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.
The observance of Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976.