National Vocation Awareness Week

November 3-9, 2019

Photo from the July 21, 2016 Simple Profession Celebration, as our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. received the First Profession of our Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience from friar Franck Lino Sokpolie, OFM Conv., witnessed by Fr. Maurice Richard, OFM Conv. – Assistant Director of our Interprovincial Novitiate (Arroyo Grande, CA). As Simple Vows are Temporary, he renewed them July 1, 2019. Keep him and all of our friars in formation in your continued prayers.

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 3-9, 2019.  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 3-9, 2019.

O Father, You desire all of us to be happy.
Stir up the grace of a religious vocation in the hearts
of many men and women.
Grant to them the willingness and generosity
to give of themselves, their lives, their time and their talents
to the service of Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord and
Savior, and to His Holy Church.
May more men and women go forth as priests, deacons,
brothers and sisters to bring the truths of our Catholic faith
to all others so that soon they, too, may know You better
and love You more…
and serving You, be truly happy.
Amen.

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