National Vocation Awareness Week
What is “National Vocation Awareness Week”?
National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. NVAW began in 1976 when the US Bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW. In 1997, this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, in January. It has since been moved to the first full week in November. This year it will be celebrated November 7-13.
What can you do for NVAW during this unique time of pandemic?
Knowing that we are in challenging and unique times during the coronavirus pandemic, we offer a few simple resources to celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week in your parish and school. Below please find the Universal Prayer of the Faithful and A Prayer for Vocations for use in your parish and among your parishioners. Please browse our website for more resources, such as: tools for discernment, vocations stories from our seminarians, links to short videos on vocations, and many more resources for parishes and schools. Pay special attention to “Vocation Lessons” offered by Vianney Vocations (at no cost to parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Portland) and the “Called” series from YDisciple offered on FORMED which can be accessed with your archdiocesan subscription.
We hope that these simple resources will encourage all the faithful to pray for and support vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life during National Vocation Awareness Week celebrated November 7-13, 2021.