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The World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2018 falls on Sunday April 22, Good Shepherd Sunday. In the Gospel (Mt 9:38 and Lk 10:2) Jesus instructs his disciples to “Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers into his harvest”.

Whilst the church recognises that everyone receives a vocation from God, be it to married life, single life, or some form of ministry, the church focuses on this day, to pray for vocations to ordained ministry (Priesthood and Diaconate) and to religious life in all its forms.

  • Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations?
    Pray for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call.
    Pray for the priests and religious who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead.
    Keep your priests and religious in your prayers throughout the week.
    Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation?

This year, will be the 55th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Numerous surveys show that a very high percentage of men and women who have entered the priesthood or religious life have been involved in some aspect of ministry in their parish and have received encouragement from either a priest or a member of their parish community.

Is there someone your know whom would make a good priest, deacon or religious? Could you consider encouraging them to take the time to reflect on this possibility? Are vocations prayed for on a regular basis? If not, could you encourage your parish for opportunities to pray for vocations?


Our diocesan Vocations Director is:

Fr Paul Kivlehan
The Presbytery
Co. Roscommon
Tel. 094-986 0011

or submit your query by using this contact form.  If your interest is not in the diocesan priesthood but possibly in the Permanent Diaconate or Religious Life, Fr Paul will direct your query to the relevant person.  Thank you.


First Mass Celebrated


Fr Brendan McCarrick, S.A.C, celebrated his First Mass of Thanksgiving this evening.  The Mass was in his home parish, in the church of The Sacred Heart, Mullinabreena.


Ordained on Sunday for the Pallottine Order, Brendan spoke of his vocation and recalled the influence of a former Parish Priest, Archdeacon Padraig O’Grady, for whom he served Mass.  Like our Vocations Director, Fr Paul Kivlehan, a native of the same parish, ordained two years ago, this priest seems to have been quite an influence. Words spoken and life lived made an impression on both men and each acknowledges Archdeacon O’Grady’s positive and affirming role.


Brendan spoke of the fact he first went to the seminary in the last millennium!  He wondered were there many ordained this year who could say the same?  His vocation story led him to Maynooth in the late 90’s when he felt a call to the diocesan priesthood.  He later reached the decision this was not for him and chose to leave.  In that regard too, he noted the kindness of Archdeacon O’Grady who welcomed and understood his decision. He assured Brendan that God would reveal His plan for him.  For a number of years Brendan worked as an engineer with a well established firm. He maintained contact with his Faith, through Prayer Groups, participating in Choirs etc. In more recent times his path crossed with the Pallottine Order and he is now numbered among their priests. Bishop Kelly jokingly referred to this yesterday as the “scenic route to priesthood”!!


The diocese wishes him every blessing in his future ministry which will see him heading to Michigan, U.S.A. in the coming months.

A few photos from this evening’s celebration.