The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1-7, 2020. This annual week-long celebration is an opportunity for dioceses and parishes in the United States to uphold and promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life and encourage the faithful to renew their prayerful support for those currently discerning one of these calls.

Observance of Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for the celebration. It was later moved to Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January. In 2014, after extensive consultation, the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations moved the observance of National Vocation Awareness Week to November to engage Catholic schools and colleges more effectively in this effort.

Diocesan Holy Hour for Vocations

Take part virtually in a Holy Hour for Vocations at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 8. Join your prayers with others from across the Fall River Diocese as this Holy Hour is livestreamed on the Diocesan Facebook page. Bishop Edgar da Cunha will lead the Holy Hour from St. Mary’s Cathedral to conclude the diocesan observance of  National Vocation Awareness Week.

Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, we thank you for
calling men and women to serve in your
Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, and
consecrated persons. Send your Holy
Spirit to help others to respond generously
and courageously to your call. May our
community of faith support vocations of
sacrificial love in our youth and young adults.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy
Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Prayer for Vocations
© 2014, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Illustration: ©
Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life And Vocations

Additional Information and Resources

Prayers for the Faithful

For young people in our community that they may respond generously with open hearts and willing spirits if the Lord calls them to the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life.  We pray to the Lord …

For men and women to be open to God’s call to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ as priests, deacons, or consecrated persons.  We pray to the Lord …

USCCB News Release on National Vocation Awareness Week

Holy Hours for Vocations

Prayers for Vocations

Vocation Discernment Tips

Information on Different Forms of Consecrated Life in the Church

Recommended Reading for Discerners

Prayer Card for Vocations

National Religious Vocation Conference

Rev. Kevin A. Cook
Director of Vocations and Seminarians


Rev. Jack Schrader
Director of Vocations

Sr. Paulina Hurtado, O.P.
Episcopal Representative
for Religious