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Catholic News Herald

Serving Christ and Connecting Catholics in Western North Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week Nov. 5-11. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, reminds us that each of us in the Church has a key role to play in the witness of our vocation in ordinary circumstances.

“As we go about our everyday life and most especially this week, we must keep vocations in our prayers, while, at the same time, being a mindful witness with our own vocation,” he said. “We may never know how our lives may have an impact on someone else’s story. Simply living out our call as disciples of Jesus Christ fully and joyfully in the world bears witness to the love of Christ as He generously bestows on each of us our own personal call.”

National Vocations Awareness Week, sponsored by the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, is designed to help promote vocation awareness and to encourage young people to ask the question: “To what vocation in life is God calling me?”

Observance of Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976.
— U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

More online
At www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/national-vocation-awareness-week.cfm: Find prayers and other online resources