Prayer Partners

Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or the consecrated life, there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community. Pope Francis

We invite you to join us in praying for the needs of our future priests and our Seminary community. Each week of the year will bring an intention being held up by the seminary. It is our hope that friends of the seminary will take each intention into their personal prayer time. Each month, the list of intentions will be updated for the upcoming weeks. Please remember our intentions in your daily prayers.

October 2014

October 5 - For growth in reverence for all creation. We pray to The Lord.

October 12 - For seminarian growth to know and love the Church. That they may always and everywhere speak, act and think with her, the glorious spouse of Christ. We pray to The Lord.

October 19 - For Archbishop Carlson as shepherd of the faithful in the Archdiocese of St Louis. May he be governed and protected by the truth of the Gospel.  We pray to The Lord.

October 26 - For the seminarians. That they may strive daily for holiness in all their words, deeds and actions. We pray to The Lord.

November 2014

November 2 - May all those who are deceased from the Seminary Community and their families know the embrace of the Father and be enfolded in his love.

November 9 -  In gratitude for the humility displayed by the Holy Father and the courage to grow in humility myself.

November 16 - Holy Spirit invade our hearts, to burn with the love of Jesus’ Heart. Transforming all fear, unbelief and sin into peace, faith and new life.

November 23 - In gratitude for family life in which vocations are birthed and nourished.

November 30 - May the Advent season help us to grow in humility so that we may increase receiving the Holy Spirit’s love for each of us.

December 2014

December 7 - May healing come to all those in the Kenrick Community resting in the hope of the promise of abundant life.

December 14 - Lord, Jesus I ask to be given a single-minded desire to seek you in a new birth within as I journey through Advent with great joy.

December 21 - For Faculty and Staff that they may be filled with the peace of Christ.

December 28 - For the needs of our families, may the sacrifices they make each day for us be generously rewarded with peace and spiritual strength.

About Intercessory Prayer

Prayer for one another has been a rich tradition in the Church. “On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of the Promise was poured out on the disciples, gathered together in one place. While awaiting the Spirit, “all these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer. The Spirit who teaches the Church and recalls for her everything that Jesus said was also to form her in the life of prayer.”

The Catechism defines Prayer of Intercession as follows:  “Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners. He is “able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. The Holy Spirit “himself intercedes for us . . . and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Since Abraham, intercession – asking on behalf of another – has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God’s mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ’s, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks “not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others,” even to the point of praying for those who do him harm. The first Christian communities lived this form of fellowship intensely. Thus the Apostle Paul gives them a share in his ministry of preaching the Gospel but also intercedes for them.  The intercession of Christians recognizes no boundaries: “for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions,” for persecutors, for the salvation of those who reject the Gospel (CCC 2634-36).”

It is the hope of the seminary community that you will take each weekly intention into your personal prayer time and to your Eucharistic celebration intentions. May our journey of intercession for others bring joy and delight in our hearts and the Father’s heart.