National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) will be celebrated by the Catholic Church in the USA (as well as several Canadian Dioceses) during the week of November 4-10, 2018. We friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province ask the faithful to include in your intentions, prayers for in increase in men being called to serve God as friar brothers and friar priests, as members of our Order of Franciscan Friars Conventual (OFM Conv.). May these men be inspired by Our Lord Jesus Christ, while benefiting from the support of our faith communities and their families, to respond generously to God’s gift of a VOCATION.
This annual week-long celebration promotes prayer, education, inspiration, example and aid to families supporting those in vocation discernment. This organized effort first began in 1976, when the USCCB designated the 28th Sunday of the year as National Vocation Awareness Week. This celebration was moved in 1997 to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, traditionally falling on January 13th or on the 1st Sunday following the Feast of the Epiphany. Since 2014, it has been celebrated the first full week of November, making this year: November 4-10, 2018.
From the NVAW Prayer Resource:
Prayer to Saint Junípero Serra y Ferrer, O.F.M.
O sincere and humble Saint Junípero Serra,
we ask for your intercession
that those called to serve our Lord
through priestly and religious vocations
might do so with the same
obedience, zeal, and humility
you exhibited as a priest,
brother, teacher, and spiritual father.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Our friars have been sharing with you their own vocation stories through a series of News Posts. In order to foster vocations, our friars have also instituted this “Vocation Corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries. In the next months, be sure to check back on our website to read even more Vocation Stories.