Vocation Awareness Week 2016
This week is National Vocation Awareness Week―an annual week-long celebration in the U.S. Catholic Church for promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Through prayer and education, Catholics are asked to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering a religious vocation.
Here in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Fr. Francis Bitterman, Vocation Director, sent vocation awareness kits to pastors and schools to help promote vocations at the parish level. Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, also urged principals in grade schools and high schools to start a discussion about religious vocations. This includes not only talking and learning about different options for a religious vocation, but praying for vocations and participating in activities created by the Vocation Office to celebrate this week.
Jesus tells us if we need laborers for the vineyard, we need to ask the Master of the Harvest to send them to us (Luke 10:2). This is a week for asking. Because maybe someone in our parishes who has been looking and waiting for a sign from God, may actually find the sign he or she needs to pursue it. As Jesus also says, "Ask and you shall receive."