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.

February 2016

February 7 – May the Lenten journey of all alumni, benefactors, faculty, staff and seminarians be filled with renewed fervor for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We pray to the Lord.

February 14 – For Archbishop Carlson as he discerns and acts on behalf of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. May the Spirit of Wisdom fill him daily. We pray to the Lord.

February 21 – For vocations to the priesthood and religious life. May the hearts of many respond to God’s call. We pray to the Lord.

February 28 – For all educators, formation advisors and administration of the Seminary may they continue to lead guided by the Holy Spirit to help bring the best forth from these men seeking holiness. We pray to the Lord.

March 2016

March 6 – May Laudette Sunday fill us with joy in new ways and may we recognize His companionship on our faith journey. We pray to the Lord.

March 13 – For all those suffering any illness. May the healing presence of Jesus bring comfort to their hearts. We pray to the Lord.

March 20 – May the seminary community and beyond experience the Passion of Christ and allow his transforming love to help put self-centeredness and impatience to death with Him. We pray to the Lord.

March 27 – May all deceased and their loved ones experience the Easter resurrection joy. We pray to the Lord.

April 2016

April 3 – For Divine Mercy Sunday to have a special blessing in this Jubilee Year of Mercy and to bring wholeness and peace. We pray to the Lord.

April 10 – For the seminarians as they advance in their studies. May each of them know the love of the Father bringing them more fully to their ordination day. We pray to the Lord.

April 17 – May each seminarian be encouraged and filled with perseverance for their studies and finals as they seek to grow in their knowledge and understanding of Christ Jesus. We pray to the Lord.

April 24 – For faculty of the seminary to be fortified by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in their work. 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.