Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.
– Mt. 4:19-20
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate (ie, bishops, priests, and deacons).
Discerning a Religious Vocation?
Archdiocese of Baltimore
School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Sisters of Bon Secours
Oblate Sisters of Providence
Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
The Order of St. Benedict
Daughters of Charity
The Little Sisters of the Poor
Order of Carmelites
Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart
Missionaries of Charity
St. Mary’s Seminary and University
Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary
Theological College – The Catholic University of America
Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary
O Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, help all those called by your Son, Jesus, to say a joyful YES, as you did in the Annunciation. Amen.
Prayer for Vocations by Pope St. John Paul II
Jesus, our Good Shepherd, bless all our parishes with numerous priests, deacons, men and women in religious life, consecrated laity and missionaries, according to the needs of the entire world, which you love and wish to save.
Assist our pastors and all who live a consecrated life. Guide the steps of those who have responded generously to your call and are preparing to receive Holy Orders or to profess vows.
Look with love on young people and call them to follow you. Help them to understand that in you alone can they attain complete fulfillment.
To this end we call on the powerful intercession of Mary, mother and model of all vocations. We beseech you to sustain our faith that the Father will grant what you command to ask. Amen.
Family Vocation Prayer
Loving God, each member of our family is a special gift from you.
You have given each of us gifts and talents so we may enjoy life but also so we can share with others. Generous women and men, boys and girls, are needed for service and leadership in our Church.
Help us know how to encourage and support each other so we can respond generously to this need by becoming the kind of people You want us to be. We know that You will be with us; help us to trust in You and in each other. Amen.
Raise up faithful servants of the Gospel
A Prayer for Religious Vocations for the Archdiocese of Baltimore
Gracious and loving God, help the men and women of our parish to hear the call to serve in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Our needs are great and our people thirst for your presence.
Open the hearts of many, raise up faithful servants of the Gospel, dedicated, holy priests, sisters, brothers and deacons, who will spend themselves for your people and their needs.
Bless those who are serving now with courage and perseverance. Grant that many will be inspired by their example and faith.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.