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.
May 1 – May the Blessed Mother look over the Bishops, priests, and seminarians leading them ever more to her Son. We pray to the Lord.
May 8 – May all the deceased mothers of our seminary community be remembered and honored always. We pray to the Lord.
May 15 – May the Holy Spirit fall afresh and new on the whole seminary community, building a culture of Pentecost that will ignite the Church. We pray to the Lord.
May 22 – May the mystery of the Holy Trinity be ever more awakened in each of us, bringing us to deeper gratitude for the vocations we have been called to. We pray to the Lord.
May 29 – For all those being ordained to the priesthood. May the grace of Holy Orders sustain them for years of service to God’s people. We pray to the Lord.
June 5 – For all benefactors of the seminary. May their generosity be blessed many times over. We pray to the Lord.
June 12 – For the staff, teachers and administration of the seminary. May the summer be a time of rejuvenation for the mission of priestly formation. We pray to the Lord.
June 19 – For all fathers, living and deceased and for the gift of spiritual fatherhood. May God the Father be an ever-guiding beacon. We pray to the Lord.
June 26 – For Archbishop Carlson. May he shepherd the people of the Archdiocese and lead them to a fullness of life in Jesus Christ. We pray to the Lord.
July 3 – For the protection of religious freedom and the gift of faith all have been graced with. We pray to the Lord.
July 10 – May the Vocation Office be ever more able to recognize the call to the priesthood in those discerning. We pray to the Lord.
July 17 – May all those called to priestly formation sit at the feet of Jesus and listen attentively. We pray to the Lord.
July 24 – For the Alumni of Kenrick Glennon Seminary. May they remember the gift of prayer in their formation years. We pray to the Lord.
July 31 – For all those seeking to know God’s will for their vocation. May they be led in a good discernment process. 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.