Cardinal Tagle urges priests, laypeople to promote vocations

Cardinal Tagle urges priests, laypeople to promote vocations
Theology seminarians attend a Mass during the “Kapatiran 2017” at the UST Chapel in Manila, March 4, 2017. FILE PHOTO

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle urged priests and other church leaders to work for vocations among Manila’s Catholics.

In a circular for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, he underlined the necessity for every member of the Church to promote vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

He said the occasion, which was observed globally last May 7, was a good time to gather, pray and encourage young people to religious vocations.

In Manila, the cardinal will lead the faithful in marking the event with a Mass at 10:00 AM at the Manila Cathedral this coming Sunday, May 14.

Cardinal Tagle asked parishes to include petitions for priestly and religious vocations in the Prayers of the Faithful of all Masses on Sunday.

He said that it is important to encourage and support those who show signs of a call to the priesthood and religious life and inspire them “to respond to God’s call to different forms of service in the Church”.

In 1963, Pope Paul VI designated Good Shepherd Sunday as World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

This year the theme, as declared by Pope Francis, is “Led by the Spirit for Mission.” Niceforo Vince A. Balbedina III, CSJL intern/CBCPNews