adorationGod is always the source of the calling, yet God allows us to be a part of that work, often calling his sons and daughters through our lives, our actions, our words, and even our prayers. Indeed, God has ordained that our prayers are efficacious, that they have real meaning. Our lives–and our prayers–play a part in the Providence of God. When we pray for vocations, we are following Christ’s commandment to pray for laborers for the vineyard of the Lord. It is an act of love, not only for those answering the call, but for all those to whom they will bring the Gospel message.

There are many ways of praying for vocations. Our diocesan-wide prayer campaign is known as the “Voices of Mary,” and it entails saying a simple prayer for all vocations each day. In addition, a weekly hour of prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament and/or a weekly Rosary for all vocations is suggested. Finally, throughout our day, we are invited to offer up our sufferings for an increase in vocations.

In families, schools, organizations, and parishes, shared prayers for vocations are an important part of showing our respect for all vocations. Whether including vocations intercessions in the daily Mass, or praying the Voices of Mary bookmark (right) as a family before bed, we share our value for vocations and discernment while also trusting that God may use our prayers as part of his divine plan.

Daily Vocation Prayers


Heavenly Father, your divine Son taught us to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His vineyard. We earnestly beg You to bless our diocese with many holy women and men who seek to do your will and answer your call. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may they live out their vocation to holiness each day, growing in love, knowledge, and service of your Son, Jesus.

Grant also that each particular vocation may serve to the others as an example of Christ’s love.

Bless our marriages, families, and single persons, and raise up from our homes those whom you desire to serve Your Son’s Church as priests, religious, and deacons. May their lives be always centered on our Eucharistic Lord, and may they be devoted sons and daughters of Mary, our Mother, in making You known and loved.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Lord Jesus, today we especially ask that you offer your mercy, love, and guidance to..
Jan.  … our seminarians.
Feb.  … our marriages.
Mar.  … all religious women and men.
Apr.  … our women and men in lay ministry.
May.  … our priests.
Jun.  … our deacons.
Jul.  … everyone discerning a call from God.
Aug.  … Pope Francis and our Bishop.
Sep.  … our young people discerning a call.
Oct.  … all lay consecrated women and men.
Nov.  … all single women and men.
Dec.  … our families.

Holy Hour for Vocations

Vocations Intercessions

Stations of the Cross for Vocations


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Eyes of Mary: Looking for her sons & daughters

Identifying potential candidates for priesthood and religious life.

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Hands of Mary: Working for her sons & daughters

Serving in the parish as a liaison and vocation promoter.

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Who's answering the call?

Meet the current seminarians, learn their stories, and send them a note.

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Meet Those in Religious Formation

Men and women are still answering the call to the religious life...even from our own diocese!

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Vocations Intercessions

Intercessions for use during the Prayers of the Faithful at Mass, arranged by liturgical year and correlated to the readings and season.

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