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.

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.

January 2015

January 4 - For the seminary community as we celebrate the Epiphany. May their hearts be filled with the joy and love of Christ. We pray to the Lord.

January 11For the seminarians that, through their retreat days, the power and fire of their Baptism will ignite in them a new fervor for their spiritual growth and awakening. We pray to the Lord.

January 18 - For Pope Francis as he leads the Church toward unity amongst all Christians. We pray to the Lord.

January 25 - For the gracious support of all family members as the call to the priesthood is answered and embraced. May they be richly blessed. We pray to the Lord.

February 2015

February 1 - For Archbishop Carlson as he discerns and acts on behalf of the people of the Archdiocese and the Seminary. We pray to the Lord.

February 8 - As we draw near the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, may Mary intercede to the Father for the healing of all the seminary community’s family and friends who are struggling with illness. We pray to the Lord.

February 15 - In gratitude for the faculty and staff of the seminary, may the gift of faith increase in each ones lives so that they may receive more completely the Father’s blessings. We pray to the Lord.

February 22 - For the Lenten journey of all alumni, benefactors, faculty, staff and seminarians be that of the ancient practice of deep meditation so as to allow the Holy Spirit to lead their thoughts and actions. We pray to the Lord.

March 2015

March 1 - For seminarians that they may receive a consuming desire to seek after, find, and abide with the presence of Jesus’ Indwelling Spirit. We pray to the Lord.

March 8 - For a single-minded desire to hear your voice as the Good Shepherd and to follow you with unreservedness and great generosity. We pray to the Lord.

March 15 - As we celebrate Joyful Sunday, may you show us the truth of your desire to complete our joy. We pray to the Lord.

March 22 - For all those associated with the seminary that have died. May St. Joseph lead them peacefully into eternal life and lead each of us in our little deaths to self experience through faith Jesus’ peace and love. We pray to the Lord.

March 29 - May the seminary community experience Christ’s passion with new openness to receive fortitude and courage for the Christian journey. We pray to the Lord.

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.