World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The 61st World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed Sunday, April 21, 2024. This is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 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).

Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. We ask too for prayers for the SSND vocation directors and entire congregation in their efforts to create a culture of vocation that will assist in helping young people to recognize and accept God’s call in their life.


>>Read Pope Francis’ message for the 2024 World Day of Prayer for Vocations

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More resources are available from the National Religious Vocation Conference here.

Prayer for World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Holy Spirit, stir within us the passion to promote vocations to the single and married life, consecrated life, societies of apostolic life, diocesan priesthood, and permanent diaconate.

Inspire us daily to respond to Your call with boundless compassion, abundant generosity, and radical availability.

Help us to remember our own baptismal call to rouse us to invite the next generation to hear and respond to Your call.

Inspire parents, families, and lay ecclesial ministers to begin a conversation with young Catholics to consider how they will live lives of holiness and sacred service.

Nudge inquirers and motivate discerners to learn more about vowed and associate commitment in apostolic life, cloistered life, evangelical life, lay ecclesial ministers, missionary life, monastic life, and societies of apostolic life.  

Ignite our Church with the confident humility that there is an urgent need for all the baptized to live their vocation in solidarity with those who are poor, neglected, and marginalized.

Disrupt our comfortable lives and complacent attitudes with new ideas to respond courageously and creatively with a daily ‘YES!’


Prayer for Vocations

Loving God,
you gave us hope and new life through the resurrection of your Son. Send your Spirit to make us your enthusiastic and effective witnesses. Strengthen our families. Call from among us priests, sisters, brothers, deacons and lay ministers. May the Risen Christ help us know your will and live it joyfully. Amen.