Bishop Keenan has sent a pastoral letter to the people of the diocese. The letter, written to mark Good Shepherd Sunday, considers the need to pray for vocations.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Good Shepherd Sunday is traditionally a day when Catholics are encouraged to pray more fervently for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Bishop Keenan speaks of Pope Francis’ call for ‘spiritual discernment’. The Holy Father calls discernment “the ability we all have to hear God’s still, small voice for our lives, amid the hundreds of noises each day throws up at us.” Bishop Keenan explains that “parishes that are ‘houses of prayer’ never fail to give birth to vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and to nourish and sustain them.”
Currently, the Diocese of Paisley has two seminarians in Rome, two applicants on the pre-seminary course in Salamanca, and one on the inquirer’s programme. Someone will be ordained to the permanent diaconate in the autumn, and the bishop is aware of some women who are right now discerning vocations to religious life. Pope Francis calls us to foster a culture of vocational discernment in our young so they hear what God wants of them.
Read Bishop Keenan’s letter by clicking the link: Good Shepherd Sunday Pastoral Letter 2018