Lord Jesus, as You once called the first disciples to make them fishers of men, let your sweet invitation continue to resound: Come, follow Me!
Give young men and women the grace of responding quickly to Your voice. Support your bishops, priests and consecrated people in their apostolic labor.
Among those totally dedicated to the service of the Gospel, are priests, called to preach the word of God, administer the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation, committed to helping the lowly, the sick, the suffering, the poor,
The Priesthood is a call, not a career; a redefinition of self, not just a new ministry; a way of life, not a job; a state of being, not just a function; a permanent , lifelong commitment, not a temporary style of service; an identity , not just a role.
I feel very blessed to have come to a place in which so many men are so dedicated to following the Lord. Vocations are not born in isolation - genuine Christian friendships are vital for a seminarian, and they can help a man to come to know God's will.