About once a year or so, many dioceses gather their priests together for a Convocation, which means “calling together”. This is a time for them to join in fellowship with their brother priests and strengthen each other in their vocations. It’s important for them to be able to have this time together to learn with, and lean on, each other.
The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:
|SUNDAY 5/15||All Deacon||Bp. John M. LeVoir|
New Ulm MN
|MONDAY 5/16||Fr. John Loncle||Bp. Bruce Lewandowski CSWsR|
|TUESDAY 5/17||Fr. Bernard Maloney||Bp. Peter A. Libasci|
|WEDNESDAY 5/18||Fr. Kevin Mannara||Abp. Jerome E. Listecki|
|THURSDAY 5/19||Fr. Christopher Manuele||International|
|FRIDAY 5/20||Fr. Joseph Martuscello||Bp. Robert J. Lomardo CFR|
|SATURDAY 5/21||Fr. Joseph Marcoux||Bp. Steven J. Lopes|
Our prayer this week is adapted from a song, “I Call You Brothers” and a prayer, “Prayer for Priestly Fraternity”, both by Fr. Bill Quinlivan. I thank you again, Fr. Bill, for your continued inspiration!
When You call our priests ‘brothers’ You’re reminding them that, as with Your apostles, You go where they do. May all priests intercede for one another through trials. Help them to find fraternity, and trust You to keep them on Your path.
Lead them to speak Your Word and shine Your light. You have anointed them. Make them joyful servants, telling the world Your good news is true. Don’t let them forget Your plan, keep them in Your hands. Show them Your power, let them see what You can do. You make all things new.
Guide them to seek Your will, find Your peace, and pursue holy Mass. When they are humbled, broken and tired, pour Your Grace out on them. We pray they will always remember their ordination day. We’ll hear what You say when they walk Your way.
Call them to You for restoration, recreation and retreat, as You rested with Your first-called. A time in prayer can be so sweet.
Please bless their Convocation. Christ Jesus, You share Your ministry of service, sacrament and preaching the word with our ordained brothers. Your commandment to love one another, Your example of prayer, ministry, meals and leisure with Your apostles, as well as Your teaching on fraternal correction, each give them ways to live as brothers. We praise You for the priests who already share holy friendship. Please continue to form them in Your image to celebrate their common call. Give courage to each of them to reach out to those struggling in their ministry or vocation. Make them attentive to brother priests suffering illness or the effects of aging. And may they joyfully welcome the newly ordained. Amen.
God bless you,