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PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

God, our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that you inspire

those in our Diocese whom you are calling to the priesthood to courageously follow Your will. Send laborers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and your people are strengthened by the sacraments. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Please personally encourage men to consider a vocation to the priesthood.

Queen of Vocations devotion

In addition to the above prayer, the Queen of Vocations devotion will be said in school classrooms.

Posters for every classroom in the Diocese (elementary and high school) as well as a bookmark for every student in the Diocese are being provided to the schools at no cost to them.

Melchizedek Project

The Melchizedek Project will be implemented in each high school in the diocese encouraging discernment to the priesthood.

It is centered around a discernment group that meets ideally seven times throughout the course of the academic year. The idea is to form a group of men who are serious about their faith and then together try to discern which vocation God is calling each of the men to embrace.

Each member receives a copy of “To Save A Thousand Souls” by Father Brett Brannen. The group reads and discusses sections of the book following a set discussion guide. The groups are encouraged to pair the meetings with a meal or some other activity.

Group locations and leaders:

  • Bishop Brossart High School – Father Ed Brodnick/ Father Bob Rottgers
  • Covington Catholic High School – Father Michael Hennigen
  • Covington Latin High School – Father Ryan Stenger
  • Newport Central Catholic High School – Father Britton Hennessey
  • Henry District High School – Father David Ludwig
  • Patrick High School – Father Michael Black
  • Thomas More College –Father Andrew Young/ Father Gerry Twaddell

You’re Invited:

Bishop Roger Foys will preside at opening Vespers for the Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations Sunday, November 26 at the Cathedral, at 3:00 p.m.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available immediately following 10 a.m. Mass and through closing Benediction.

A kick-off Discernment Event will follow Vespers.

Events:

Throughout the Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations there will be Vocations Days at all high schools in the diocese, Deanery Discernment Events, and Monthly Discernment Dinners organized by the Diocese of Covington. Dates and location are listed below. All are encouraged to actively participate in events and in prayer.

Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations begins, November 26 with Opening Vespers at the Cathedral, at 3:00 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available immediately following 10 a.m. Mass and through the end of Vespers. A kick-off Discernment Event will follow Vespers.

December 2017

December 3, 2017: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

December 4, 2017: Vocations Day – Covington Catholic High School

January 2018

January 7, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

January 9, 2017: Vocations Day – Newport Central Catholic High School

February 2018

February 4, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

February 15, 2018: Northern Kenton Co. Deanery Discernment Event.                                                              Location: St. Agnes, Ft. Wright – 5:30-8:00 p.m.

March 2018

March 4, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

March 19, 2018: Campbell Co. Deanery Discernment Event
Location: St. Joseph, Cold Spring – 5:30-8:00 p.m.

March 15-17, 2018: Pontifical College Josephinum Live-In Weekend

March 21, 2018: Vocations Day – Thomas More College

March 22, 2018: Vocations Day – St. Henry District High School

April 2018

April 8, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

April 13, 2018: Vocations Day – Holy Cross High School

April 23, 2018: Vocations Day – Villa Madonna High School

May 2018

May 6, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

June 2018

June 3, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

June 4, 2018: South East Deanery Discernment Event                                                                                                                     Location: St. Patrick, Maysville – 5:30-8:00 p.m.

July 2018

July 1, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

August 2018

August 5, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

August 20, 2018: South West Deanery Discernment Event

Location All Saints, Walton – 5:30-8:00 p.m.

August 27, 2018:Vocations Day – St. Patrick High School

September 2018

September 2, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

September 13, 2018: Vocations Day – Thomas More College

October 2018

October 3, 2018: Vocations Day – Covington Latin School

October 14, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

November 2018

November 4, 2018: Monthly Discernment Dinner – Cathedral – 6:30 p.m.

November 8 2018: Vocations Day – Bishop Brossart High School

November 25, 2018: Closing Vespers – Cathedral – 3:00 p.m.

Closing Event to follow Vespers – Cathedral

Logo:

 
  • The Logo and other promotional materials designed by Seminarian Jordan Hainsey.
  • The two great symbols that embody the Priesthood are Eucharist and Confession. Accompanying the violet stole is a monstrance. The monstrance is the same one from the Duveneck painting featuring Bishop Maes who is shown holding it in blessing in the great mural in Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption.
  • The symbolism of the light radiating from the stole and monstrance is two fold:
  • It echoes Bishop Foys’ Motto, “Let Your Light Shine”
  • The rays of light are symbolic of the Holy Spirit who invites young men to come, discern, and share in Christ’s Ministerial Priesthood.
  • The shape of the stole is a loose “M” for Mary, mother of priests.

Office of Vocations