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.
July 5 – For the freedom celebrated in our country that it will provide freedom and protection to worship God. We pray to the Lord.
July 12 – May the staff, faculty and seminarians be open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance as they are rejuvenated and recreated over the summer. We pray to the Lord.
July 19 – For vocations to the priesthood. May the Holy Spirit touch the hearts of those called to serve God’s people. We pray to the Lord.
July 26 – For all those in the seminary community suffering with illness, especially those with chronic or life threatening illness. We pray to the Lord.
August 2 – May the Bread of Life from heaven nourish us and bring unity among the seminary community. We pray to the Lord.
August 9 – For seminarians returning from summer assignments and for all the new seminarians seeking to answer God’s call. May they know the prayerful support of the faithful for their discernment. We pray to the Lord.
August 16 – For all the faculty, staff and seminarians as they embark on a new academic year. May they strive to receive the spiritual nourishment for the journey. We pray to the Lord.
August 23 – Through the intercession of St. Louis, King of France, may we hear the call to serve the poor with fervor and zeal. We pray to the Lord.
August 30 – For all the benefactors of the seminary mission. May they be blessed for their sacrifices. 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.