World Day of Prayer for Vocations

This year marks the 59th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations on May 8, 2022.

Cardinal Blase Cupich has called World Day of Prayer for Vocations as an Annual Vocations Appeal within the Archdiocese. Every year, World Day of Prayer for Vocations falls on Good Shepherd Sunday. We see in Jesus, the Good Shepherd, the heart of every calling. He says, “A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” The mission of Jesus culminated in his self-sacrificing love. He gave himself so that we might live. This is the great mystery of love present in the Eucharist: “This is my body, given up for you. This is my blood, poured out for you.” Everyone is called, and everyone has a vocation in the Church. 

Cardinal Blase Cupich along with all parish priests will be sharing their own vocation story during Mass. We ask all to participate in your parishes for Mass. On this special day we continue to ask all to be generous in praying for and supporting vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life, and permanent diaconate. 

In addition, on Friday, May 13th, the Vocation Office will be hosting Mass and a Eucharistic Holy Hour for vocations: marriage, single life, lay vocations, ordained, and consecrated life. We will celebrate and pray for those preparing for ordination to the diaconate and priesthood in our archdiocese. The Mass and Holy Hour is open for all and will be held at Holy Name Cathedral (735 N. State St.) from 5-6:30p.m. This will also conclude the Centennial Holy Hours for Vocations across the Chicago area. Auxiliary Bishop Robert Lombardo, CFR, will be the main celebrant along with priests, seminarians, religious, and all accompanying in prayer. All are encouraged to join as families and community groups.

For our consecrated brothers and sisters, we ask if you can share the names of the those in formation for us to pray for them by name. We will create a card of the names collected to distribute to all and to pray for them. Please submit names individually here.

For any questions, please feel free to contact Erica Zapien at 312.534.1037 or [email protected].