Archdiocese to pray for vocations
As the year of St. Paul draws to a close, the church enters into the year of the priesthood, celebrating St. John Vianney as the patron of priests throughout the world.
The Archdiocese of Omaha is preparing for the start of the new year by holding a special week of prayer for vocations to the priesthood May 31 through June 6.
"It's an important year for the priesthood and this will build up to that," said Father Paul Hoesing, director of vocations in the archdiocese. "We're looking at ways of celebrating the priesthood and this kind of anticipates it."
During the week of prayer, Father Hoesing said several parishes with vocation committees will host a day of Eucharistic adoration devoted to priestly vocations.
The week is intended to bring people from both urban and rural parishes together to pray in a very specific and intentional way for vocations, Father Hoesing said.
Because there is no priestly ordination this year in the Archdiocese of Omaha, Father Hoesing said it is especially important to pray for vocations to the priesthood.
Father Hoesing will travel to participating parishes with several seminarians. He said he encourages and invites all seminarians to attend the Holy Hours so people can see them and they can see people praying for vocations to the priesthood.
"It's good for us to travel around the parishes this way," Father Hoesing said. "We need to take advantage of this time of seeing the zeal and faith of the people in their respective parishes."
The week will end June 6 with a last hour of adoration at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Father Hoesing said the time is important because everyone will be present and praying at 10 a.m., the usual starting time for an ordination Mass.
Those attending that hour are invited to a brunch after the final hour of adoration.