25 April - Day of Prayer for Vocations
Every parish needs to have a concern for encouraging and fostering vocations. Crucial to fostering vocations is prayer. Bishop Michael Smith asks parishioners, especially those taking part in Eucharistic Adoration to pray for vocations.
What to pray for?
- we pray for the family, which is the first seminary
- for an increase in vocations to priesthood and religious life
- for young men and women in our parish who may be considering a vocation
- for the seminarians in Maynooth and Rome.
"We can all play our part in planting seeds, by encouraging young people to explore the possibility of vocation. Many vocations have grown from a tap on the shoulder, an encouraging work or a question to someone who may have a vocation." (Fr Willie Purcell, National Director for Vocations)
Ordination of new priest in June 2015
Reverend Robert McGivney will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Meath on 28 June in his home parish of Navan. He is 28 years old. He completed a degree in mathematics in Trinity College before entering the seminary at Maynooth in 2009. He is currently undertaking a pastoral placement in Dunboyne parish and he will preach at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar for Vocations Sunday.
There are 8 students for the priesthood in the Diocese of Meath. There are five students in Maynooth and three in Rome. Three of the students are from Meath, one from Offaly, one from Louth and three from Dublin, two of whom have close family connections in Meath.
The Vocations Sunday collection supports the education and training of these students. Parishioners are asked to pray for vocations and also to participate in this practical way in their seminary formation.
Click here for the Message of Pope Francis for Vocations Sunday 2015.