Each November, the Catholic Church observes National Vocation Awareness Week. Throughout these special seven days, the Church promotes vocations to ordained ministry and consecrated life through prayer, invitation and education. It is also a week during which the Church supports those who are considering vocations.

The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement join the Church this week in praying for and promoting vocations to religious life. Check our Facebook page for daily testimonials from our Friars about how God touched their lives and how the Lord called them to be members of our community, founded in 1898 by Servant of God Father Paul Wattson, SA, and Mother Lurana White, SA.

“God will open doors, He will lead. Moving into the future, no matter how dreary things look, I am confident of God’s Covenant with us. It gives me strength and reminds me that I am called to follow in Christ’s footsteps, and the Lord will bring me to where He desires.” –Father Bob Langone, SA

“If a young man were to ask me, ‘Does it make sense, is it worth it, to give one’s life to God on a path of total consecration?’ Certainly, and without hesitation, I would answer: ‘Yes, it is indeed worth it!’ Discovering together with the Lord what He has always planned for us, it is worth it.” – Brother Fabrizio Szymanski, SA

If you or someone you know are interested in becoming a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, visit our vocation page and fill out a form here, or email our Vocation Director Deacon Tom Rich, TSA, at Trich@AtonementFriars.org for more information.

Prayer for Vocations

Generous and merciful God,

You show us the way that leads to everlasting life. Through the Sacrament of Baptism, you have called us to proclaim the good news.

Bless and strengthen those who have made a commitment of service within the Church. Guide and give wisdom to those discerning their vocation. Enrich our Church with dedicated married and single people; with deacons, priests, and with people in consecrated life.

Filled with your Holy Spirit, we ask this blessing that we, your people, may follow Jesus, our Good Shepherd, now and always.