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This week is National Vocations Awareness Week (NVAW). It provides an opportunity for all Australian dioceses, parishes, schools, religious communities, youth and campus ministers, and other Catholic organisations, to focus at the same time on the ‘call to holiness’ (i.e. the Christian Vocation) that arises from our Baptism, and which is lived out in specific states of life: marriage and family, diaconate and priesthood, religious life and the committed living of single life.

Through baptism, we have all being given a vocation from God. We are all called to holiness. The focus for the first day of NVAW was vocations to marriage, family life and committed single life. We continue to pray that our young people will be committed to working for the coming of the Kingdom and we pray that spouses and parents will be confirmed in their vocation. 

In every age, God calls some men and women to specially commit their life to the service of Christ and his Church. On the last day of NVAW, we celebrate vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and religious life.

We continue to pray that the culture of our parish, school and family homes will encourage and support our young people in discerning the unique call God has for them.

Please also keep in your prayer the young men presently studying and discerning a vocation to the priesthood in our Diocese.

Information on vocations is always available by contacting the Vocations Director, Father Carl Mackander (6845 2061) or the Assistant Vocations Director, Father Nam Dinh Le (6882 4233).