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.

August 2015

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.

September 2015

September 6 – For the faculty, staff and administration at the seminary and for their tireless labors in seminary formation. We pray to the Lord.

September 13 – May each member of the seminary community receive from Mary a new intimacy with You, Lord, that will be strengthened at the cross. We pray to the Lord.

September 20 – For Pope Francis as he visits the United States. May his shepherding words help bring greater truth in our culture. We pray to the Lord.

September 27 – May the gathering with Pope Francis in Philadelphia bring about deeper humility within families and inspire them to turn to the Lord for help and direction. We pray to the Lord.

October 2015

October 4 – For a new awareness of Your goodness in creation. Enlarge our hearts to praise and serve You. We pray to the Lord

October 11 – For the ability to receive awe and wonder as we contemplate the Father’s gaze of delight upon each of us. We pray to the Lord.

October 18 – In gratitude for the alumni and benefactors. May the gift of faith increase in their lives so that they may more completely receive the Father’s blessings. We pray to the Lord.

October 25 – For relatives and friends of the seminary community who are ill. May Christ’s healing presence dwell near them and bring them fullness of health. 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.