World Day of Prayer for Redemptorist Missionary Vocations
WITNESSES OF THE REDEEMER: In Solidarity for Mission to a Wounded World
Sunday, November 10, we will celebrate the annual World Day of Prayer for the Redemptorist Missionary Vocation. In this celebration we will remember our Foundation Day (November 9), and give thanks for the 286 years of witness to the Redeemer lived by generations of Redemptorist missionaries across the world.
Although this entire week is dedicated to promotion of Religious Vocations, November 10 is the day that we especially pray for Redemptorist Missionary Vocations. The prayer below was written by Fr. Matt Allman, C.Ss.R., to promote vocations to the Redemptorists.
Please take time to pray for an increase in vocations, and to encourage those who you think would make good priests, brothers or sisters. Every Catholic is a vocations director of sorts. It’s our responsibility to encourage those men and women that we believe are especially touched by God– Those who radiate God’s light from within through their love and care for others and thus are shining examples of Gospel Love.
We may see this Light of God in many people. Some need to be encouraged to consider the priesthood, brotherhood or sisterhood. Others need to be encouraged to be lay ministers of the Eucharist, of the Word or of Hospitality. Promoting Catholic vocations goes beyond the vowed life. It also means encouraging lay Catholics, especially those within the younger generations of the Millennials and Generation Z, to actively participate in the Church through the many lay ministries we offer men and women.
Aside from the ministries mentioned above, we need to also encourage Catholics to live their faith by becoming lay Redemptorist Partners in Mission. There is much to pray for this week!