LAKE CHARLES — Priests and Religious, as well as those who pray for vocations, were honored during the annual Serra Club of Lake Charles Recognition Dinner at Treasures of Marilyn’s on Thursday, December 2.
Father Michael Caraway, Director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Lake Charles recognized several people as Vocation Prayer Warriors from the Lake Charles Serra Club, as well as the East Deanery Serra Club.
During National Vocation Awareness Week (Nov. 7-13), the Lake Charles Serra Club had 1,583 rosaries prayed for vocations. Kim Scroggs commissioned 265 rosaries, followed by Geri Landry with 150, and Nila Halloran with 116.
The East Deanery Serra Club had 1,617 rosaries prayed during the same period with Bill Caraway commissioning 380 rosaries. Charles Savoy and Dee Dee Savoy commissioned 250 and 100 rosaries respectively.
Between the two Serra clubs, more than 3,000 rosaries were prayed for the intentions of priestly vocations during one week. The Office of Vocations is grateful for all the Serrans and their excellent work.
Serrans are dedicated Catholics who pray for the increase and perseverance of vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. They also encourage others to pray for vocations.
Please join them in their noteworthy efforts with the following Prayer for Priestly Vocations.
PRAYER FOR PRIESTLY VOCATIONS
Heavenly Father, the heart of your Son was moved to pity at the sight of the crowd who appeared like sheep without a shepherd. As a further sign of that divine pity, Your Son taught that we must ask You to send workers for the harvest, because the yield is abundant but the workers are few. With confidence, we make our request.
Please send, we beseech You, brave and holy priests who meet the challenges of a world that is often hostile to the message of Your Kingdom. Quickly raise up in our midst prayerful and dedicated priests who can witness to goodness, truth, and beauty through their consistent virtue, authentic teaching, and reverent worship. Kindly fill with Your grace the hearts and minds of many who would courageously answer “yes.” Gently inspire them to accept Your call so that the lonely, the ignorant and the poor may know that Your Love for them exists, that Your Son died for their sins, and that there is hope.
May Mary, the Mother of Your Son, and St. John Vianney, the Patron of Priests, be the holy advocates of our petition. All this we ask through our Eternal high Priest, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
The Most Reverend Glen John Provost
Bishop of Lake Charles
4 August 2010
Feast of St. John Vianney