Augustinians Mark World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Sunday, April 21st is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We ask that you please continue to pray for people to respond to the call to discern religious life and ordained ministry. Here is a prayer we invite you to pray:


Let us pray to the Lord of the harvest who calls men and women to loving service. [Pause] All glory and praise are yours, God of truth, light of our hearts, for you guide your people in the ways of holiness. Help those who follow in the footsteps of Augustine to seek you through mutual love and worship and to be servants of your Church as examples that others may follow. Enlighten men and women to see the beauty of common life in the spirit of Saint Augustine, and strengthen them in your service so that the work you have begun in them may be brought to fulfillment. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

If you are near Villanova University, after each of the Masses on Sunday evening, April 21, 2013, you are invited to Tracy Lounge in St. Rita Hall for refreshments and to discuss any thoughts you may have about vocations to religious life and ordained ministry.

All are welcome.

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes”.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations
— United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,