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The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) November 2-8, 2014, and the entire Lasallian family is invited to participate using these ideas and quotes. The week invites parishes and Catholic schools to rededicate their energies to promote a culture of vocations with a special focus on consecrated life, the priesthood and the diaconate. The 45th General Chapter defined a culture of vocations as “a setting in which life’s meaning is understood as a personal call to serve the mission in community.”
In a news release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh, North Carolina, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations offers, “With God’s grace, we help build that culture through fervent prayer, the witness of our lives and the encouragement we extend to those discerning a vocation to priesthood or consecrated life.”
NVAW also serves as a prelude to the upcoming Year of Consecrated Life. The Year of Consecrated Life will begin on November 30, 2014, focusing on renewal for women and men in consecrated life, thanksgiving among the church for the lives of service of brothers, sisters, priests and nuns, as well as an invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation. Resources for the year will be posted on the Christian Brothers Conference website as we approach the launch.