Clyde prayer service supports vocations - Catholic Courier

Clyde prayer service supports vocations

More than 20 people attended a Jan. 28 prayer service in support of vocations.

Deacon Gregory Kiley led the prayer service, which was held at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Clyde and organized by Sister of St. Joseph Catherine Gibbons, faith-formation coordinator for St. John, St. Patrick Parish in Savannah and St. Michael Parish in Lyons. Participants prayed for all of the individuals currently pursuing vocations to the priesthood, the permanent diaconate and the 17 religious congregations represented in the diocese, Sister Gibbons said.

Sister Gibbons also provided interested participants with prayer folders containing short biographies of those individuals pursuing vocations, so people could continue to pray for them at home. Participants also were given handouts explaining how to create a “vocation culture” or to fulfill a Catholic’s baptismal call to pray for vocations, evangelize, and mentor young people and encourage them to discern vocations.

“If we don’t heighten people’s awareness, how are they ever going to take on that responsibility with enthusiasm and commitment?” Sister Gibbons asked.

For more information about the resources or prayers used during the service, contact Sister Gibbons at St. John the Evangelist Parish at 315/923-3941, or e-mail her at

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