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Vocation Awareness Week is Nov. 4-10: Pray for, learn about, encourage vocations

Image: a collage of vocations to priesthood, the diaconate and consecrated lifeNational Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW), November 4-10, 2018, is an annual celebration in the U.S. Catholic Church dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renewing our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these vocations. See the "Learn more" section below the video for more information. 
 
Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, reminds us of the power of prayer in the process of discernment: “Quiet reflection and prayer are essential elements for vocational discernment. It is in the interior depths of our heart where we hear the voice of Christ, where he speaks to us, and where he reveals his will for our lives.”
 
Each of us in the Church has a key role to play in inspiring vocations, both in the way we live our vocations in ordinary circumstances, and by encouraging others, especially young people, to ask the question: "To what vocation in life is God calling me?"
 
Sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, NVAW began in 1976 when the U. S. Bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW. Beginning in 2014, NVAW was moved to the first full week of November.   

Ways to encourage & pray for vocations

 
Read Vocations columns from FAITH magazine:
Pray for our future priests (October 2018)

Learn more about vocations to consecrated life, priesthood, the permanent diaconate: 

Priestly Vocations in our diocese
Thirty seminarians from our diocese are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Visit the Office of Priestly Vocations website to learn more, and follow them on Facebook.
 
Permanent Diaconate
Ten men of our diocese are being admitted to candidacy for the permanent diaconate Nov. 4. The next class of deacons for the diocese is currently being formed. The deadline for applications is March 2019. Learn more about the permanent diaconate program in our diocese.
 
Consecrated Religious Life in our diocese
Learn more about the communities of women and men religious serving in our diocese.
 
Other resources on consecrated life
Discerning Women (USCCB)
 
Learn more:
Vocations (USCCB)
Videos on vocations (USCCB)