On Sunday, May 12, 2019,
the universal Catholic Church celebrated the 56th World Day of Prayer for Vocations
. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis’ papal message for this year is: The courage to take a risk for God’s promise.
This theme resonates with the Vocation Office theme of ‘Living the Gospel with Generosity’. To live the Gospel with generosity requires one to be courageous in living out the Gospel values and promises each day in our homes, work places, schools, parishes, and communities.
We invite you to continue to pray with us for increased grace to respond to God’s call to the priesthood and religious life throughout the world, especially in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In his 2019 Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit,
Pope Francis tells the People of God that ‘Filled with the love of Christ, young people are called to be witnesses of the Gospel wherever they find themselves, by the way they live
.’ Quoting Saint Alberto Hurtado, he continued ‘Being an apostle does not mean carrying a torch in hand, possessing the light, but being that light… The Gospel, more than a lesson, is an example. A message that becomes a life fully lived
”. (No. 175).
To celebrate this Day of Prayer, we invite you to join the Philadelphia seminarians in continuing to pray a personal Novena for Vocations. These videos are available on our website at heedthecall.org/novena
. We thank you for partnering with us to build a culture of vocations in our parishes, schools, communities, and homes. To echo Pope Francis, “Let us join in prayer and ask the Lord to help us discover his plan of love for our lives, and to grant us the courage to walk in the path that, from the beginning, he has chosen for each of us.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Stephen P. DeLacy
Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood
Archdiocese of Philadelphia