The School Sisters of Notre Dame invite you to join us in celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week November 4-10. The annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States is dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. NVAW began in 1976 when the U. S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW. In 1997, this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on January 13 in 2013. Beginning in 2014, NVAW was moved to the first full week of November.
As you make plans to celebrate this week, you might consider the following resources:
- The National Religious Vocation Conference website
- SSND vocation prayer cards and materials
- Star newsletter for students
- Parish materials: USCCB website
Prayer for Vocations
God of Love,
You call us to live in your love
through the grace of our baptism.
Bless us with the courage
to carry out the mission of Jesus.
Grant us open and generous hearts
to see the needs of others
and to respond with compassion.
May the Church be blest with women and men
who are dedicated to you through marriage,
the single life, the diaconate, priesthood,
and the consecrated life.
It is in Christ and through Christ
that we offer ourselves to you now and forever.