Vocation Awareness Week – November 1st thru 7th
This week we are asked to renew our prayers and efforts to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. The following message from Father David McEvoy is based on Sunday’s Gospel for the Solemnity of All Saints – Matthew 5:1-12 (the Beatitudes).
Video recorded in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the National Shrine of St. Thérèse on the Carmelite Campus in Darien, IL.
Father David McEvoy, O.Carm., is Director of Vocations for the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, he received all his Sacraments, including ordination, at the first Carmelite founded parish in the United States, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Leavenworth.
The Solemnity of All Saints, a feast celebrated by the Church from the earliest days, celebrates all saints, known and unknown.
This painting, entitled All Carmelite Saints, was done specifically for the Office of Carmelite Studies located at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Carmelite Vocation Prayer
Are you calling me to a vocation of religious life in the Church?
Are you asking me to help call others to religious life?
Open the minds and hearts of men and women<
to live your Word and build your Kingdom.
Plant your Word within me
so that whatever you call me to be or do
I may say ‘Yes, here I am Lord.’
To Explore Further
Please visit this brief description of the Carmelite Life: http://www.carmelites.net/vocations/the-carmelite-life/