National Vocation Awareness Week
Please pray for and support vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life and lay ministries in the Church.
Visit www.foryourvocation.org to view resources for people in discernment and find valuable information for parents, teachers and catechists concerning vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Prayer for Priests
Praise to you, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for in your infinite love you care for your people
by the ministry of priests.
May their faithful service
bring lasting good to your Church
and great happiness to them.
Help them to do what is right,
that by their teaching and living
we may grow in the knowledge of your love.
As our priests instruct your people,
enlighten them with the wisdom of Christ the Teacher.
As they preach your Word and celebrate the sacraments,
sanctify them with the holiness of Christ the High Priest.
As they face weakness, suffering and discouragement,
strengthen them with the grace of Christ the Life-Giver.
As they work for peace, unity and healing in your Church,
uphold them with the courage of Christ the Reconciler.
Giver of all good gifts,
make the ministry of our priests
a spiritual offering pleasing to you,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
+ Bishop John F. Kinney
Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud
Imprimatur given March 19, 2002
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