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National Vocation Awareness Week 2018

November 4-10, 2018

National Vocation Awareness Week calls Catholics to greater prayer, awareness in how they support vocations


Observance of Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for the celebration.  It was later moved to Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January.  Last year,after extensive consultation, the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations moved the observance of National Vocation Awareness Week to November to engage Catholic schools and colleges more effectively in this effort.  This will be the first year it will be held in November.


Informational Links

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on NVAW 2018


Prayer for Vocations

Almighty and eternal God,
in your unfailing love you provide
ministers for your Church.
We pray for those whom you call
to serve the Church of ___________
as priests
Inspire in them a generous response.
Grant them courage and vision to
serve your people
May their lives and service call your
people to respond to the presence
of your Spirit among us
that, faithful to the Gospel and
hope of Jesus the Christ, we may:
announce glad tidings to the poor
proclaim liberty to captives,
set prisoners free
and renew the face of the earth.

This is the perfect time to gain permission from your pastor on the ministry’s goals for National Vocation Awareness Week, such as having a guest seminarian or sister visit religious education classses, placing a bulletin insert from Vianney Vocations into each bulletin, or placing a cutout of a sister and/or priest near the front doors of the church.

Also, if you want to include another endeavor that includes youth ministry, religious education classes, or the parish school, please gain permission from the appropriate leaders. I will go into more depth for NVAW next month, so be looking for that email.


Other Resources:

Parish Vocation Committee Page

Seminarian Baseball cards - Order Form (Serra Club)

Vision Vocation Network downloadable resources page

Vianney Vocations