I THOUGH YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus is counting on you to pray for vocations

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Before Jesus gathered the 72 disciples in today's Gospel and sent them forth, He had previously spent an entire night in prayer with His Father, just before choosing the Twelve Apostles. Thus, by His example, Jesus is teaching us the importance of praying for vocations.

We have to believe that Jesus again spent quality time in prayer before choosing these 72 disciples. Not only is He asking them to be His forerunners, but He is also instructing them, and us, to "ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest."

Focus 11 vocations rally catches young people discerning at key moments in their lives

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org 
Sister M. Gemma, Sister M. Caterina, Sister M. Immanuela and Sister Teresa Maria of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George danced together on stage during praise and worship time at Focus 11.  The event was sponsored by the archdiocesan office of vocations and held at Chaminade College Preparatory School.
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Editorial | Encourage those who discern God's call

A little encouragement can go a long way.

The Catholic Church in the United States is celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week Jan. 13-19. The annual event is a reminder for parishes and individuals to consider the importance of promoting the role of priests, deacons and religious order brothers and sisters to Catholics deciding on their future.

Laboure Society provides valuable help in vocations

The recent class of aspirants with the Laboure Society came from many states and are seeking to enter various religious communities. The Laboure Society promotes vocations by helping resolve student loans that keep some Catholics from entering the priesthood or religious life. Sarah Golden is fifth from the right.

Sarah Golden is thrilled to have found help as she seeks to discern her call to religious life.

The help is needed because she is among at least a third of the estimated 10,000 individuals discerning a priestly or religious vocation in the U.S. who are blocked from pursuing their call due to educational loans.

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