Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today, on the 4th Sunday of Easter, the universal Church celebrates the 55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has informed us that the concentration of the fifteenth synod to take place in October of this year will be young people and their relationships with faith and vocation.

Pope Francis writes, “Even amid these troubled times, the mystery of the Incarnation reminds us that God continually comes to encounter us. He is God-with-us, who walks along the often dusty paths of our lives. He knows our anxious longing for love and he calls us to joy. In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation, personal and ecclesial, there is a need to listen, discern and live this word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness.”

Please join me on this World Day of Prayer for Vocations in praying alongside our Holy Father that our youth may be sent out as disciples to foster a deep-rooted Faith and love for Our Lord, Jesus Christ. We also pray in a special way for all the priests and religious serving in the Diocese and specifically that our local Diocese will be blessed with an increase in vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Religious Life.

We also express gratitude to all married couples for their beautiful example. You are a visible sign for the love that Our Lord Jesus has for His Bride, the Church. With God’s grace, may your love grow stronger with the passing of each new day.

Through the intercession of Mary Our Mother and Saint Joseph, may Our Risen Lord Jesus bless you and your family in this Sacred Season of Easter and always.

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