53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations: April 17

World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed on Sunday, April 17 (the third Paschal Sunday (of the Paralytic) in the Byzantine Catholic Church and Good Shepherd Sunday in the Latin churches). The purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to “pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest”  (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).  Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, monastic life, or to associate societies of monastic life and secular institutes which support vocations. Adaptable resources to promote a culture of vocations may be found on the USCCB Vocations web page, www.usccb.org/vocations and also at www.worlddayofprayerforvocations.com/.

Read Pope Francis’ Message for the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations