National Vocations Awareness Week

News November 4, 2021

The Catholic Church in the Unit ed States will celebrate the 45th annual National Vocations Awareness Week from November 7—13, 2021. During this week, dioceses across the United Slates will hold events to foster an appreciation for vocations and pray specifically for those discerning a call to ordained ministry and consecrated life.

In his message for the 58th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis offered St. Joseph,
the foster father of Jesus, as a model for vocational discernment. "Amid all these upheavals, [St. Joseph]
found the courage to follow God's will. So too in a vocation: God's call always urges us to take a first
step, to give ourselves, to press forward. There can be no faith without risk. Only by abandoning ourselves
confidently to grace, setting aside our own programs and comforts, can we truly say 'yes' to God," he
said. and exhorted the Church to look to SI. Joseph as an "outstanding example of acceptance of God's
plans."

Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons, and consecrated men and women. May they
be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community. and respond generously to God's gift of
vocation.