CV NEWS FEED // The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops announced that the Catholic Church will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week during the second week of November this year.
Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations in dioceses across the nation will sponsor events to provide resources to those discerning vocations, especially to the religious life.
According to the USCCB’s press release, Chairman of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV) said, “During this week, the Church gives thanks to God for the faithful example of husbands and wives, and joyful witness of ordained ministers and consecrated persons.”
“We pray that many more men and women will be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit in their hearts as they discern the mission God has for them,” he added.
In his message for the 2023 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis described vocation as “the interplay between divine choice and human freedom,” calling the process “a dynamic and exciting relationship between God and the human heart.”
“The gift of vocation is like a divine seed that springs up in the soil of our existence, opens our hearts to God and to others, so that we can share with them the treasure we ourselves have found,” said the Holy Father.
The USCCB has a network of resources available on its website regarding vocations for those who are discerning.