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On Tuesday, November 5, the Feast of all Jesuit Saints, Fordham Prep celebrated the Feast of All Jesuit Saints and Blesseds. The school also commemorated National Jesuit Vocation Day, a day set aside by the Society of Jesus in the United States to promote vocations to the priesthood.
School president, Rev. Christopher J. Devron, SJ, began the day by celebrating Mass in the Prep Chapel during which prayers for vocations were offered. During the school day, men in formation to become Jesuit priests and brothers visited Religious Studies classes. They spoke about their call to serve and their experience in the Jesuit formation program.
Last week, at the school’s All Saints Day Mass, the Prep community heard from Rev. Philip Florio, SJ, Provincial Assistant for Vocation Ministry for the Maryland and USA Northeast Province. During his homily, Fr. Florio asked the consider a vocation to the priesthood. He closed by offering his wish that “maybe, just maybe, one of you will think about that call, to become a Jesuit, to join us in this mission to care for so many people, and to strive to be holy.”
A Prayer for Jesuit Vocations
Creator and Lord, You have created us to praise, reverence, and serve You for Your greater honor and glory.
May the call of Christ be heard today by young people with generous hearts and a passion for service.
Through the intercession of your Blessed Mother Mary, St. Ignatius of Loyola, and all your saints, inspire young men to consider serving you and your Church as Jesuit priests and brothers.
Grant them courage to overcome fear and doubt, and strength to meet the pressing needs of the Church and world today.
Fill them with holy desires to serve the mission of Christ, to find new ways to spread the Gospel message, to defend and proclaim the faith of the Church, and to promote the justice of Your Kingdom, as companions of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.