10 October 2011

Yesterday afternoon I travelled with Bishop Paprocki to Effingham for the Knights of Columbus' Vocation Mass and Banquet.

More than 450 people were present for the banquet which had as its focus the promotion and encouragement of vocations, particularly of those to the priesthood.  It was a an excellent event all around and the tremendous support of the Knights of Columbus is most appreciated.

At the conclusion of the banquet, we prayed for the following Prayer for Vocations:

Heavenly Father, bless your Church with an abundance of holy and zealous priests, deacons, brothers and sisters.

Give those you have called to the married state and those you have chosen to live as single persons in the world the sepecial graces that their lives require.

Form us all in the likeness of your Son so that in him, with him and through him we may love you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, always and everywhere.

With Mary, we ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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