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World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Sunday, 8 May 2022 is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations when we are asked to pray for vocations, especially to the priesthood and to consecrated life. The day is also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday".

Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest.
Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2

We join the Church throughout the world in praying that more men and women generously answer God’s call to vocation.

We pray for the priests, both living and departed, who have ministered to us throughout our lives.

We encourage our children, grandchildren and other young people to consider a vocation as a priest, religious brother or religious sister, and we support them in answering God’s call to those vocations.

The Diocese of Broken Bay has seven seminarians and three diaconate aspirants. We join in offering our prayers in support of their vocations.

On last year’s World Day of Pray for Vocations, Pope Francis called on the faithful to join him in praying for men and women to take up God’s call to vocation in their lives.

“It’s the joy of simplicity, the joy experienced daily by those who care for what truly matters: faithful closeness to God and to our neighbour. How good it would be if the same atmosphere, simple and radiant, sober and hopeful, were to pervade our seminaries, religious houses and presbyteries. I pray that you will experience this same joy, dear brothers and sisters who have generously made God the dream of your lives, serving him in your brothers and sisters through a faithfulness that is a powerful statement in an age of fleeting choices and emotions that bring no lasting joy. May Saint Joseph, protector of vocations, accompany you with his fatherly heart.”
Pope Francis, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 2021