World day of consecrated life
February 4, 2024
In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day of Consecrate Life is transferred to the following Sunday to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.
Religious brothers day
May 1, 2024
Religious Brothers Day, marked May 1st, offers the opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for religious Brothers in our lives. It also offers an opportunity to consider how we all invite, walk with, and encourage young people to discern God’s call in their life.
World Day of prayer for vocations
April 21, 2024
The purpose of World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates it attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), consecrated life in all its forms (male and female religious life, societies of apostolic life, consecrated virginity, secular institutes), and to the missionary life.
World day of prayer for the sanctification of priests
June 7, 2024
The World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests takes place every year on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred heart of Jesus. Established by Saint John Paul II in 2002, this celebration occurs annually on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On this day the Church encourages priests to prayerfully reflect upon the gift of their vocation. The faithful are also invited to mark this celebration by praying for all priests that they may live lives of holiness and fidelity to Christ and his Church.
buy your priest a beer day
September 9, 2024
September 9 is International Buy a Priest a Beer Day. On this festive day, faithful Catholics all over the world take their priests out for a beer and get to know them better. It’s beautiful Catholic tradition that goes back to the time of St. Hopswald of Aleyard, the first man to take his priest out for a beer.
national vocation awareness week
November 3-9, 2024
National Vocation Awareness Week is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.
world day of cloistered life
November 21, 2024
The Church celebrates World Day of Cloistered Life (the Memorial of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple), an ecclesial event for all Catholics worldwide to commemorate the hidden lives of contemplative religious in cloisters and monasteries. On this day, the faithful are encouraged to reach out to the cloistered religious in their diocese, through prayer, encouragement, and material support.