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The 59th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will take place on May 8, 2022, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The annual event was launched by Pope St. Paul VI in 1964.

In Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations he emphasized …

  • “that the word “vocation” should not be understood as referring only to priests and religious. All of us are called to share in Christ’s mission to reunite a fragmented humanity and to reconcile it with God.”
  • Each man and woman, even before encountering Christ and embracing the Christian faith, receives with the gift of life a fundamental calling: each of us is a creature willed and loved by God; each of us has a unique and special place in the mind of God.
  • “God’s loving gaze always meets us, touches us, sets us free, and transforms us, making us into new persons. That is what happens in every vocation: we are met by the gaze of God, who calls us.”

On this World Day of Prayer for Vocations we remember all men and women discerning God’s call, and in this Marist Vocation Year, the Marists ask you to remember in prayer all those in our international formation program.

(Picture Caption: Marist novices in Montauto, Tuscany, Italy (January 2022))