From staff reports

The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, a time dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, Nov. 4-10.

Bishop O'Connell's Vocation Awareness Week message

According to the USCCB, the week is designed to help promote vocation awareness and to encourage faithful to ask the question, “To what vocation in life is God calling me?” according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Accordingly, parish and school communities are encouraged to include activities that focus on vocation awareness and provide opportunities for prayerful discernment.

In his 2018 World Day of Vocations message, Pope Francis emphasized one’s personal encounter with God.

“Even amid these troubled times, the mystery of the Incarnation reminds us that God continually comes to encounter us,” Pope Francis said. “In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation, personal and ecclesial, there is a need to listen, discern and live this word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness.”

National Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the U.S. bishops designated the week to celebrate vocations and to renew prayers and support for those considering a vocation. Since 2014, the week has been celebrated during the first full week of November.