World day of prayer for vocations

World Day of Prayer for Vocations is April 17. In his message on the occasion of the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, his Holiness Pope Francis says, “It is my great hope that, during the course of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, all the baptized may experience the joy of belonging to the Church and rediscover that the Christian vocation, just like every particular vocation, is born from within the People of God, and is a gift of divine mercy. The Church is the house of mercy, and it is the “soil” where vocations take root, mature and bear fruit.”

You can read the Pope’s entire message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations at

World Day of Prayer for Vocations & Good Shepherd Sunday

The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is April 17 and falls on Good Shepherd Sunday, the Sunday three weeks after Easter Sunday. The name derives from the gospel readings on this day, which are taken from the 10th chapter of John. In this reading Christ is described as the Good Shepherd who, by dying on the Cross, lays down his life for his sheep. In recent times the feast day has also become known as Vocations Sunday, a day on which prayers are said for vocations to consecrated life. All Sisters in the Province of Mid-North America will renew their vows on April 17.

Come and see

Two young women will join the San Francisco Community April 16-22 for a “Come and See” Vocation Discernment. The women will spend most of their time with Sr. Jean Marie Fernandez, Apostolic Vocations Director for the Province.

“I invited the women to discern during Good Shepherd Sunday so they can witness Sisters renewing their vows, see our Gracenter ministry and get to know Sisters in the Church and Bay Area,” said Sr. Jean Marie.

Items of Interest will report on the women’s vocation discernment in the next issue of the newsletter, which will be distributed June 1.

Fiat Days

world day of prayerFiat Days is a unique discernment retreat for young Catholic women ages 15-25 who want to learn more about consecrated life, deepen their faith and better discern God’s call in their lives.

Activities will include prayer (Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, etc.), talks from religious Sisters about vocation discernment and their communities, recreation and sports, great food and discussions.

“Fiat” means “Let it be done,” and is the response that the Blessed Mother gave when the archangel Gabriel told her of God’s plan for her to be the mother of Jesus Christ.

The Diocese of Harrisburg’s Office of Vocations began offering Fiat Days in 2008. It will host a retreat this year from July 5th-8th. The Archdiocese of Baltimore, the first diocese in the United States, will host Fiat Days from July 17-20. Both retreats will be held at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

“We would like for Sisters who are interested in vocations to take an active role at Fiat Days. We invite Sisters to tell their vocation story and to share with young women the Good Shepherd mission and charism,” said Sr. Jean Marie, Apostolic Vocations Director for the Province of Mid-North America.

Sisters who are interested in participating in one or both of the Fiat Days in July may contact Sr. Jean Marie at [email protected] for more information.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website