Vocations Sunday

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is Vocations Sunday or Good Shepherd Sunday. In the day’s gospel reading, Jesus says, ‘I am the Good Shepherd: the good shepherd is the one who lays down his life for his sheep’.

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In 1964, Pope Paul VI, launched Vocations Sunday, which we celebrate on the fourth Sunday of Easter, also called Good Shepherd Sunday. This year it is on the 21 April 2024, which marks the 61st Anniversary of World Day of Prayer for Vocations.​

As Catholics and people of God we all know that God is calling us and has a plan for each of us. He called each of us by name through our Baptism to holiness. He continues to call and cry out to us each day to be his disciples, some to the married life, some to the priesthood, some to religious life or to live as kind single people. Everybody is called! What is God calling you to?​

Along with the whole Church, let us pray for vocations today. Let us take time to stir the hearts and minds of the people around us to think about the topic of Vocation. The National Office for Vocation (NOV) invites you to talk and encourage children, young people, grandchildren, students, family members to respond generously to the calling of the Lord.

Papal Message for Vocations Sunday 2024:

Pope Francis releases his Message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Fourth Sunday of Easter – also known as Good Shepherd Sunday.

Prayer for Vocations Sunday

A prayer for Vocations Sunday asking the Lord to guide us in every step we take in life and lead us in every decision we make in responding to His call.

The Conversation

Join The National Office for Vocation for 'The Conversation', where they will have a panel of guests to discuss how they live out their vocation and the work they carry out in the Church.

Prayer to St Joseph

A Prayer to St Joseph for Vocations Sunday.