The Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life this year will be celebrated on Sunday 7 May. It flows from the broader culture of vocation, and is when the universal Church asks the Lord to send more labourers to the harvest as priests and religious. The theme for this year is ‘Called: extra-ordinary’.
Sr Elaine Penrice gives an explanation on the theme for this year.
The theme we have chosen this year for Good Shepherd Sunday is: Called: extra-ordinary
We hope that “Called” is the most obvious aspect of the theme, since our vocation is a call felt within, but comes from God. This is why the letter “C” in the poster is off-page, to communicate something of a voice from elsewhere, or outside ourselves.
With “extra-ordinary”, we hope to communicate both the extraordinary event of a call in the life of a person, and that we are called as ordinary people to do something extra in the life of the Church and in the name of Jesus.
The Logo we have created for Vocations Sunday has a symbol replacing the letter “C”, incorporating a symbol of the fisherman’s net and two fish, reminding us of Jesus saying he will make the disciples “fishers of men”.
Please promote this day by displaying the poster in your parishes and communities, and by inviting everybody to pray especially for these extra – ordinary vocations in the Church. We are all called, we all have a vocation, but this is the one day in the year when we are invited to pray for these less common but important vocations.
Resources can be found at ukvocation.org.uk, these can be downloaded and used in your parish, school or community.