13:08 - IRISH BISHOPS: WEB PAGE FOR VOCATION PRAYER DAY (29 APRIL)
In the run-up to the World Day of Prayer for Vocations that is celebrated on 29th April, Good Shepherd Sunday, about the theme chosen by Benedict XVI, Vocations, the gift of Gods charity, the Irish Bishops Conference has posted on its website www.catholicbishops.ie a special web page called Vocations Sunday 2012. The page opens with an interview with father Willie Purcell, national coordinator for diocesan vocations, who defines his own vocation as a gift and takes stock of the situation of vocations in Ireland and the diocesan directors programmes for vocations in the run-up to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (Dublin, 10 - 17 June). People - father Purcell notices - still look at priests to find strength in times of weakness, courage and hope in times of desperation. People still believe in their priests; a confidence that is born of the hard work and devotion they see deployed in their parishes, schools, hospitals, universities and community life. The full text of Pope Benedict XVIs message for the Day 2012, documents of the Congregation for the Clergy, a prayer for vocations to be said in the parishes, links and useful contacts for diocesan vocation directors, an interview with card. Timothy Dolan about the happiness that attracts to the priestly call, have also been posted on such web page.