“A vocation is a falling in love with God. There is no other way to describe it than ‘God wants me’, and that seems too good to be true.” — Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Has God put a young man in your parish, marked with a deep faith and love for the Lord and a desire to bring that love to others? Have you talked to him? Might priesthood be the answer to his hungry heart? How will he know if no one speaks to him about it?
For more information contact Fr. Timothy Horan, Director of the Office of Priesthood Vocation Awareness (firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-265-1616).
“In today’s culture the person who serves is considered inferior; but in sacred history the servant is the one called by God to carry out a particular action of salvation and redemption. In the Bible, service is always linked to a specific call that comes from God. For this reason, it represents the greatest fulfillment of the dignity of the creature, as well as that which invokes the creature’s mysterious, transcendent dimension.”
“Dear young people, I hope you can know how to listen to the voice of God calling you to service. This is the road that opens up to so many forms of ministry for the benefit of the community: from the ordained ministry to various other instituted and recognized ministries, such as Catechesis, liturgical animation, education of young people and the various expressions of charity.”
— Pope John Paul II in his message for the prayer day for vocations in 2003
Prayer for Priests:
Call men to be priests, Lord. Call men who are loving, alive with faith! Bless them with courage to say `yes’ to Your call. Bless their families who give us a son so that others may have a Father. Bless the people they prepare to serve. And bless me with the generosity to walk with them each day in prayer; giving them strength from my faith, sustenance from my love. Let their vocations not be `Too good to be true’. Amen.
- US Catholic Bishops – Secretariat for the Diaconate
- A brief history of the permanent Diaconate
- Diaconate Office – Diocese of Rochester
OTHER VOCATION RESOURCES