Vocations in LA

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“The first reading from the Book of Numbers reminds us that the ministerial priesthood has deep roots in salvation history. The priesthood was part of God’s plan from the beginning, from the foundation of creation.”

-Archbishop José H. Gomez

#LASeminaryLife

What is #LASeminaryLife like? Hear from our priests and seminarians! 

 

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Reflection by Mike Aquilina

God has a plan for every life. God has a call for every life. But every one of us — no matter our individual call — depends upon those who are called to the priesthood.

Our priests make heroic sacrifices in order to strengthen us with the sacraments. They give up having a family so that they can be fathers to us. They bring us Christ in the Eucharist. They bring us forgiveness when we’ve sinned. They anoint us when we’re sick. They are the Church’s first responders.

We need the priests. And we need new priests to serve the generations to come. We need, first of all, to ensure that men will be open to the call to priesthood — and willing to say yes to God.

This is where you and I play the essential role. We’re the ones who can be God’s voice for the Church’s future priests. We can be the family member or friend who first suggests the possibility of a vocation. We can pray for those who are discerning God’s call. We can show our support and encouragement in tangible ways.

Catholic priests work hard, but they live meaningful lives and consistently report very high levels of job satisfaction. Wouldn’t you wish those good things on the people you love? Then pray for them. Encourage them. Support priestly vocations in every way you can.

 

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Prayer for Vocations

View the English and Spanish prayer cards for “Prayer for Priestly Vocations”

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St. John Seminary

St. John’s Seminary, is an international institution in Southern California devoted to preparing men who have responded generously to God’s call to the priesthood. Founded in 1939, St. John’s has formed more than 1,300 priests for both religious and diocesan ministry.

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#LAVocationsTBT

Follow the hashtag #LAVocationsTBT to learn more on past seminarians.

 

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Building a Culture of Vocations

Learn more about the men who are answering their call to priesthood.

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#WeAreCalled

What are you called to in your daily life? How do you find God in that? Follow the hashtag #WeAreCalled.

 

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“If I were to meet a priest and an angel, I should salute the priest before I saluted the angel. The latter is the friend of God; but the priest holds His place.”

– St. John Vianney

#HeroicPriesthood

Learn about the amazing men who answered the call to priesthood and have left a lasting legacy. Follow the hashtag #HeroicPriesthood.

 

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