Vocations Sunday 2008 marked the beginning of a Year of Vocation in the Irish Catholic Church which will run until Vocations Sunday 2009 (3rd May).

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A Year of Promotion and Prayer

This year Vocations Sunday marked the beginning of a Year of Vocation in the Irish Catholic Church which will run from Vocations Sunday 2008 (13th April) to Vocations Sunday 2009 (3rd May).

Vocations Sundayis a day on which the church traditionally highlights the importance of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. As we all aware, the Catholic Church in Ireland has entered unchartered, indeed challenging waters, in terms of her vocations.

The decline in vocations is not something new and has been happening for several decades. The decline is a start contrast to the high vocations numbers of the 50s and 60s. However the practical consequences of this downturn are now being felt in parishes around the country and perhaps for the first time are only now been seriously commented upon by the media.

So why in these difficult times, does the Church bother with vocation? Vocation is about a quest for God. This quest brings people together in many different ways and it always leads us back to the Gospel. Vocation has its beginning, and end, in the life of Jesus Christ.

Common Vocation

The Irish Church is marking the next 12 months as the ‘Year of Vocation’.

Note the word vocation is in the singular. Why? Because the aim of the Year of Vocation is to raise awareness of the common vocation that we all share through baptism as expressed through witness, love and service. Within each of these themes and throughout 2008-2009, the specific vocations of marriage, the religious life, the single life and priesthood will be highlighted and promoted.

Some highlights of the year will include: a national prayer campaign for students at examination time; a rally for World Youth Day to coincide with the events in Sydney; and collaboration with the national pilgrimage centres to reflect on the theme of vocation during their seasons.

A key objective of this years initiative is for the vocation message to reach as wide an audience as possible so that people will be challenged to discern and explore their own specific vocation in life.

More information

Year of Vocations websitehttp://www.vocations.ie/

National site of Vocations Directorshttp://www.yourvocation.ie

Vocations Team

An important feature of the year will be the promotion of the priesthood and religious life with the hope that a greater number of young people will reflect more deeply on these vocations as life choices.

Contact details for the Kildare and Leighlin Vocations Director are as follows:

Rev. Ruairi ODomhnaill CC

The Presbytery, Ballymany, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Tel: 045-434069 Mobile: 083-3343744

Email: vocations@kandle.ie

You can read more about priesthood in our diocese in the Vocations section