National Vocation Awareness Week

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops , United States

The first full week of November is National Vocation Awareness Week. Ideas for how schools and educators can participate in fostering a culture of vocation and accompaniment in their educational community. We all have responsibility for inviting, encouraging, and walking with one another and the young in deepening and discerning God’s call in their lives.

World Day of Consecrated Life

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 for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

World Day for Consecrated Life is celebrated on February 2nd however, it is observed in parishes on the Sunday after February 2nd. In 2020, this day will be celebrated in parishes February 1-2, 2020.