World Day of Prayer for Vocations


By setting aside the fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday, the Church responds to Jesus’ command to “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His harvest” (Mt. 9:38, Lk. 10:2). This day reminds the faithful of our need for shepherds, such that we turn to the Lord to pray for more of them, and to pray that those being called be open and persevere in their vocations. While not discounting other vocations, the Church focuses this day on vocations to the priesthood, religious and consecrated life, as well as to a sense of mission among all peoples.

2019 is the 56th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. 

Read on for resources to pray for vocations!


Praying for the Vocations in our Diocese


It’s hard to imagine but the ratio of priests to parishioner in our diocese is 1 per 4,996! Even though it may seem we are blessed in the area of vocations, “the harvest is [still] abundant and laborers are few.”

Keep in your prayers those who have been called and are working in the vineyard of our diocese:

184 Diocesan Priests
25 External Priests
61 Religious Order Priests
5 Eastern Rite Priests
125 Religious Sisters
6 Religious Brothers
74 Permanent Deacons
4 Deacons in the Catholic Eastern Rite

Also pray for those whom the Lord has called from our diocese who are currently in formation and continuing to discern their call:

44 Diocesan Seminarians
69 Men and Women in formation for religious life

And pray for those God is calling right now, and will call in the future.

If you or someone you know might be called to explore their vocation to priesthood or religious life, contact Fr. Isenberg, vocations@arlingtondiocese.org or 703-841-2514.