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Pledge to pray on World Day of Prayer for Vocations and beyond

"The sheep follow the Good Shepherd because they recognize his voice." (cf John 10:4)

World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, May 12, also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." 

The purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2), according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The USCCB urges prayers for young men and women to hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.

A few statistics from NCPriest.org highlight the need:

  • In 1965 there were 58,632 Priests and in 2015 there were 37,578
  • In 1965 there were 994 Ordinations and in 2015 there were 515
  • From 1965 to 2015 the Catholic Population in the US has grown from 48 million to 81.6 million

Pledge to pray for vocations at the international website, invisiblemonastery.com, inspired by a call from the Vatican urging Catholics to “organize an ‘invisible monastery’ in which many persons, day and night, are committed to continuous prayer for priestly vocations.”