The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

All baptised Christians have a vocation, and the World Day of Prayer for Vocations recognises ALL vocations whatever they may be.

We pray especially for more Vocations to the Sacred Priesthood and Religious and Consecrated life, and for our own Director of Vocations, Fr Stephen Webb. Find out more about Vocations in the Diocese of Leeds from our Vocations website

A Prayer for World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Holy Spirit,  stir within us the passion to promote vocations to the consecrated life, societies of apostolic life, diocesan priesthood, and permanent diaconate.
Inspire us daily to respond to Your call with boundless compassion, abundant generosity, and radical availability.
Help us to remember our own baptismal call to rouse us to invite the next generation to hear and respond to Your call.
Inspire parents, families, and lay ecclesial ministers to begin a conversation with young Catholics to consider how they will live lives of holiness and sacred service.
Nudge inquirers and motivate discerners to learn more about monastic life, apostolic life, missionaries, cloistered contemplative life, and evangelical Franciscan life.
Ignite our Church with the confident humility that there is an urgent need for religious sisters, brothers, deacons, and priests to live in solidarity with those who are poor, neglected, and marginalised.
Disrupt our comfortable lives and complacent attitudes with new ideas to respond courageously and creatively with a daily ‘YES!’ Amen.

Considering that 73 percent of men and women professing final vows participated in one or more parish activities and 88 percent served in one or more parish ministries before entering religious life, it is essential for our parishes to be places where all may experience a warm and joyful welcome in the beauty of holiness.

‘It is 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 fidelity that is a powerful testimony in an age of ephemeral 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 Vocations 2021