Response to His Holiness, Worldwide Adoration for Vocations
Release Date: January 10, 2005
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Adoration for Vocations
Adoration for Vocations assists the lay faithful in rediscovering the gift of the Eucharist while promoting vocations to the priesthood and all forms of consecrated life. Adoration for Vocations is the Eucharistic devotion whereby members of a given parish (or other entity) unite in praying hours of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament for an increase in vocations to the Church. Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations is a concrete response to Christ's invitation to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to the harvest.
In response to His Holiness, Worldwide Adoration for Vocations sponsored by www.vocation.com and Adoration for Vocations, in collaboration with the Holy See, provides all the resources needed to effectively launch Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations in parishes, dioceses and other groups. The flexible Adoration for Vocations program is easily modified to meet the needs of any setting, from the smallest parish to the largest Cathedral. Program materials are available for download from the www.vocation.com website free of charge.
Registration of your parish or Adoration group on the Adoration for Vocations portion of www.vocation.com website insures that your Adoration for Vocations site and your adoration hours are counted and reported to The Holy See, as part of the worldwide Adoration for Vocations statistics. The simple registration process quickly allows visitors to enter their name, location, and the times of the hours of Eucharistic adoration that they will be offering for vocations in their home parish, chapel or shrine. The website displays a 24-hour worldwide calendar of participating adorers thus bringing together those discerning a vocation and those supporting vocations with their prayers and sacrifices. The worldwide initiative has already attracted registered adorers from 48 countries on seven continents!
Adoration for Vocations and www.vocation.com look forward to working with you to launch your own Adoration for Vocations program for the Glory of God and the good of the Universal Church. Requests for additional assistance may be addressed to vocation.com.
Worldwide Adoration for Vocations Campaign
United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Launches North America's Effort
Release Date: January 13, 2005
United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Launches North America's Effort in Worldwide Adoration for Vocations Campaign
In conjunction with the Church's "Year of the Eucharist", vocation.com, Adoration for Vocations, and Serra International are collaborating with the Holy See's Congregation for Catholic Education in launching a campaign to assist dioceses and parishes in establishing new Adoration for Vocations sites worldwide. The campaign, entitled "In Response to His Holiness, Worldwide Adoration for Vocations", began in Rome on November 24, 2004 with Pope John Paul II blessing six monstrances, representing each of the six continents, which will be used to promote the effort worldwide.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) officially launched the campaign in North America on January 12th, beginning with Adoration for Vocations at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC and concluding with Mass in the Crypt Church.
On Monday January 3, 2005 the vocation.com National Director and Fr. Anthony Bannon, LC presented Fr. Edward Burns, Executive Director Secretariat for Priestly Formation and Vocations for the USCCB, with one of the monstrances blessed by the Holy Father, on behalf of the Legion of Christ and vocation.com. The USCCB plans to send this monstrance throughout North America for dioceses to use in promoting Adoration for Vocations during this year of the Eucharist.
Adoration for Vocations provides the concrete tools and support needed to launch Eucharistic Adoration groups worldwide thus helping the lay faithful to rediscover the gift of the Eucharist while promoting vocations to the priesthood and all forms of consecrated life.
www.vocation.com Visitors Top One Million!
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www.vocation.com Visitors Top One Million!
CUMMING, GA, USA APRIL 21, 2005. In three short years, www.vocation.com has established itself as the premier interactive website helping young people hear and respond to God's will in their lives. Last month, the one- millionth visitor logged onto the website which extends to 57 countries on six continents and is translated in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese. The site now hosts over 2,000 visitors per day; it has responded to 10,000 requests for spiritual guidance, vocation-relation questions, and prayers; and boasts 7,800 registered subscribers to its free weekly vocational newsletter ShoreLines. As well, over 2,500 registered adorers worldwide logged an astounding 321,000 hours in the Adoration for Vocations campaign.
Begun in March 2002, the unique website is a response to Pope John Paul IIs call to put the mass media at the service of the universal Church. Guests with specific discernment questions can correspond directly with Fr. Anthony Bannon, LC who will respond in confidence or post the answer on the site which features more than 350 questions/answers. The guest can also request assistance in locating a personal spiritual director. As Father Stuart notes, vocation.com is so helpful to local churches, because the website refers inquiries that they receive to the local Director of Vocations where the inquirer lives. In addition to interactive advice, www.vocation.com features video testimonies of the unique vocation stories from priests, consecrated men and consecrated women, plus texts on the basics of prayer, meditation collections, and a comprehensive vocation discernment checklist.
Through a new Adoration for Vocations campaign launched in conjunction with the Holy Sees Congregation for Catholic Education and Pontifical Works for Vocations, and Serra International, the website offers tools for all Catholics to promote and foster vocations through local Adoration for Vocations programs. www.vocation.com displays a 24-hour worldwide calendar of people who are offering hours of adoration in their home parish, chapel, or shrine, thus bringing together those discerning a vocation and those supporting vocations with their prayers and sacrifices.
God in the Streets of NYC
Release Date: June 21, 2005
Traveling Monstrance Visits the Streets of the Big Apple
On November 24, 2004, Pope John Paul II blessed six monstrances, representing each of the six continents, which are being used to promote a worldwide Adoration for Vocations campaign during the Year of the Eucharist and sponsored by www.vocation.com and Adoration for Vocations, Serra International and the Holy See's Congregation for Catholic Education's Pontifical Office for Vocations.
One of the six monstrances blessed by Pope John Paul II was presented to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on January 2, 2005 on behalf of vocation.com and the Legion of Christ. The USCCB and the USA Council of Serra International are sending this monstrance throughout North America for dioceses to use in promoting Adoration for Vocations during this year of the Eucharist.
During the week of April 1-8, 2005, the monstrance traveled to the Archdiocese of New York, where a grand parish-to-parish Eucharistic procession was held through the streets and boroughs of New York City. The 33 hour breathtaking Eucharistic procession, led by many priests of the Archdiocese and a police escort, is captured on the video God in the Streets.
To download a guide to starting Adoration for Vocations in your area click here.
To email questions regarding Adoration for Vocations, click here.
To view the trailer for God in the Streets of NY, click here.
Network of Prayer for Vocations Is Promoted
In this Year of the Eucharist, John Paul II is promoting a worldwide network of prayer for vocations.
This network, animated by the Pontifical Work for Ecclesiastical Vocations, under the Congregation for Catholic Education, seeks "to create through a shift of prayer in each continent, a chain of petition that unites the Christian communities of the whole world."
"I would like to confirm, in this context, that the Eucharist is the source and nourishment of every priestly and religious vocation," explained the Pope in a message addressed today to the congregation presided over by Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski.
"I wish, therefore, to express my appreciation for all the initiatives integrated in this 'network' of prayer for vocations, and I hope it will embrace the world," said the Holy Father.
John Paul II also encouraged the work of "those who dedicate time and effort to promote a pastoral vocations network within the ecclesial community."
In his message, the Pope pointed out that a decisive moment to establish this network will be April 17, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The Vatican last month published his message for that occasion.
www.vocation.com's Christmas Gift to the Pope!
The directors of vocation.com and vocation.com's Fr Anthony Bannon, LC, met Pope John Paul II in a private audience at 10:30am on January 2nd, 2004. They presented him with a special Christmas gift from vocation.com: 125,000 hours of Adoration for Vocations! - the fruits of a 6 month campaign which had the original goal of reaching 100,000 hours.
The Christmas gift to the Holy Father was presented in the form of a "spiritual bouquet" - a leather folder describing the Adoration for Vocations campaign and the countries of those who participated in this campaign.
A monstrance was also presented to the Holy Father, and with a smile of gratitude he blessed it. Affixed to the monstrance is a plaque with the words, "Presented to His Holiness, John Paul II, by vocation.com on December 25th, 2003. In honor of his 25 years as Christ's Vicar on Earth, 125,000 hours of Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations were offered by adorers from 41 countries on 5 continents."
Those who participated in this campaign were from the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
www.vocation.com Down Under
www.vocation.com went "down under" for the Hearts on Fire Vocations Congress which took place in Melbourne, Australia October 16th-18th, 2003.
"That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem..." (Luke 24:13). The story of the disciples of Emmaus served as the scriptural theme for the congress, a meditation on how many people journey through life without recognizing that Christ is right beside them!
The Hearts on Fire Vocational Congress was a great celebration of faith that was at once fun, prayerful, informative and educational.
The congress opened with the Pilgrim's Walk through the center of Melbourne to St Patrick's Cathedral where hundreds gathered to celebrate the conclusion of the Year of the Rosary and the 25th Anniversary of the Pontificate of John Paul II. A Holy Hour for vocations lead by Archbishop Hart followed. Friday activities and included the Exhibition of Catholic Life at the Royal Exhibition Building. A total of 135 artists and musicians including world-famous juggler Paul Ponce of the Cirque de Soliel, setup workshops and performed throughout the morning. Over 4,000 students from the Archdiocese of Melbourne and surrounding dioceses attended.
Vocation.com's set up a vocation.com display in the exhibition hall. On Saturday, October 18th, the participants spent the morning in workshops dealing with all kinds of questions regarding vocations. Fr Anthony Bannon, LC, who is the author of Peter on the Shore and Vocation Questions and Answers, and answers questions on vocation.com directed one of the workshops which attracted scores of young people.
Adoration for Vocations was also held throughout the morning at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Priests and religious were available for one-on-one vocation discernment and guidance.
Morning activities were followed by a Family picnic in the Fitzroy Gardens for all families, parishes, religious congregations, Catholic agencies and visitors to Melbourne to celebrate the role of the family in the promotion of vocations. Three great days came to a close with the Celebration of the Eucharist in St. Patrick's Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Hart.
Archdiocesan Vocation Congress
The archdiocese of Galveston-Houston held a vocation congress which took place at St. Mary's Seminary on four separate weekends from February 5 to March 12, 2005
The congress has its roots in the Third Continental Congress on Vocations, which took place in Montreal, Canada in April 2001. The initiative arose in answer to suggestions made at that international meeting.
The archdiocesan vocations congress forms part of the vocations campaign started in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston with the hopes of "educating and evangelizing" the faithful with regard to their role in vocations. Eight leaders from each area parish, school, and lay organization were invited to learn what they could do to promote vocations locally.
Over 1000 delegates from 161 different parishes in Galveston-Houston gathered to attend workshops. Speakers included Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza and Coadjutor Archbishop Daniel DiNardo.
Numerous religious orders and other organizations set up booths. www.vocation.com was among those represented.
In one of his talks Archbishop Fiorenza asked that every parish in the archdiocese gather in prayer for vocations in front of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:00pm on March 9, 2005. Guides on implementing Adoration for Vocations were also handed out to every parish in the diocese.
On April 17,2005, the archdiocese concluded the vocations congress with a special vocations Mass at the Catholic Charismatic Center.
For more information on events like this in the Galveston-Houston area, call Fr. Clint Ressler in the Archdiocesan Office of Vocations at (713) 659-5461.