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A Novena of Prayer for Vocations

Diocese of Ossory

‘The courage to take a Risk for God’s Promise’*

(*From Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2019)


Ascension to Pentecost

Saturday 1st June – Sunday 9th June 2019


For further information on how you can become involved in promoting Vocations in the Diocese of Ossory please contact

Fr Kieran O’ Shea, Ossory Vocations Director

Tel. 051 830813



Click here to download the Novena of Prayer for Vocations Brochure

Saturday (Vigil of Ascension)

The Lord’s call is not an intrusion of God in our freedom; it is not a “cage” or a burden to be borne.  On the contrary, it is the loving initiative whereby God encounters us and invites us to be part of a great undertaking.  He opens before our eyes the horizon of a greater sea and an abundant catch. (from Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2019)

Lord today we pray that you will help all young people to know that true freedom is realised in service of you & our brothers and sisters

Sunday (Solemnity of the Ascension)

 The Ascension of Jesus into heaven is not an end it is a beginning. The beginning of a new mission entrusted to his disciples until the end of time. That mission is not about looking into the sky (Acts 1:1-11) but actively witnessing the gospel. 

Lord on this day we pray that those whom you call to witness to your Gospel as Priests may respond generously.

Monday (St Kevin)

“In the solitude of Glendalough, O Lord, you spoke to the heart of Saint Kevin and taught him to find through prayer the life that he desired”..(Opening Prayer of Mass for the Memorial of St Kevin). 

Prayer is not just about speaking it is more about listening. Discerning a Vocation to Priesthood involves a journey to the depths of the heart, that place where the voice of the Lord is heard. 

Lord today we pray that all who seek the way of love will open their hearts to you in trust.

Tuesday (St Charles Lwanga & Companions, Martyrs)

As we recall the witness of the martyrs today we remember the saying from the early Church ‘The Blood of the Martyrs is the Seed of the Church’  We can also say that the witness of our priests and the faith of God’s People is the seed of Vocations. 

Lord our prayer this day is that our joyful living of the gospel will attract young people to a life totally committed to Christ and his church

Wednesday (St Boniface)

‘Let us be neither dogs that do not bark nor silent onlookers nor paid servants who run away before the wolf. Instead let us be careful shepherds watching over Christ’s flock. Let us preach the whole of God’s plan to the powerful and to the humble, to rich and to poor, to men of every rank and age, as far as God gives us the strength, in season and out of season..’ (From the writings of St Boniface). Let us pray today that those called to be priests will be strong in faith, hope and love for Christ and his People


‘Dear friends, it is not always easy to discern our vocation and to steer our life in the right direction. For this reason, there needs to be a renewed commitment on the part of the whole Church – priests, religious, pastoral workers and educators – to provide young people in particular with opportunities for listening and discernment’. (from Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2019)

Lord hear our prayer today that our parish communities will become centres of encouragement where young people can discern your call.


‘For each one of us there is only one thing necessary: to fulfil our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be’ (Thomas Merton). 

God has a mission for each and everyone of us. God may want some to begin a journey of discovery leading them to ordained ministry in the Church.

Lord help us to discover today and each day the path you want us to follow. May all those who God calls to Priesthood in our diocese find fulfilment in life and become a sign of his love for all who seek him.

Saturday (Vigil of Pentecost)

‘The challenges that the church has faced in recent times, increases our reluctance to propose a life of total commitment to God and his people as a priest. There may also be a sense of despondency that as candidates for priesthood are few and far between, the prospect of the situation improving any time soon is negligible and we might as well give up the ghost!’ (Ossory Times, Easter 2019)

As we approach Pentecost we too are like the apostles & Mary in the upper room. We may be afraid & discouraged. Yet for them gathered in prayer, something wonderful is about to happen. Let us share that same hope.

Lord may we never give up hope that the Church and our prayer for Vocations to Priesthood is in your hands and that you will never abandon us.

Sunday 9th June (Pentecost)

‘We hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God’ (Acts 2:1-11)

Young people who can dialogue with the culture in which they live can proclaim Jesus Christ in a way that brings the gospel alive in the reality of peoples lives and our world.

Send forth your Spirit O Lord and renew the face of the earth, renew the face of your church, renew your call to ministry in hearts full of joy and enthusiasm for life and for your gospel.



Lord Jesus still today you scatter the seeds of vocation among us so that they will take root, grow, & bear fruit.

Give to all who feel called to serve in the Church the courage they need to take a first step on the journey towards discovering your plan for them in life.

Lord we pray in these days with great urgency because:

Our diocese needs priests who will work with their brothers and sisters in a spirit of 

co-responsibility for your Church. 

Our diocese needs priests who will proclaim your Word, celebrate the Mysteries of your Love, be witnesses to the Joy of the Gospel and be instruments of your Mercy. 

Our diocese needs priests to  bear testimony to the dignity of Human Life,

to the hope that comes from faith,  

and to  the gift of healing & peace that comes through your Cross and Resurrection. 

Renew O’ Lord in young hearts a spirit of faith, hope and loving service. 

Renew in our society a culture of care and respect for one another & grant us humble shepherds who will lead all in their care to you. 


Mary Mother of Vocations, Pray for us

St Kieran Pray for us

St Canice pray for us

St Feargal pray for us

St Fiacra Pray for us

All saints of Ossory pray for us


Ossory Diocesan Office James’s Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056-7762448 Fax: 056-7763753 E-mail: