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.
September 4 – May we hold up the freedom of religious liberty in our country. We pray to the Lord.
September 11 – For Archbishop Carlson and all bishops as they discern and lead the faithful of their dioceses. May the spirit of wisdom guide them. We pray to the Lord.
September 18 – May we be good stewards of all the gifts entrusted to us. We pray to the Lord.
September 25 – For all those who suffer with illness. May they receive relief through the healing touch of Jesus. We pray to the Lord.
October 2– May we all be strengthened in our faith and pray daily for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. We pray to the Lord.
October 9 – Like Our Blessed Mother, may all bishops, priests, and deacons grow in docility to the Holy Spirit and growth in humility. We pray to the Lord.
October 16 – May each seminarian grow in the Word of God daily by reflecting on it and pondering it in their hearts. We pray to the Lord.
October 23 – May all desire to grow contrite of heart to receive in this Year of Mercy the abundance of love the Lord has for each of us. We pray to the Lord.
October 30 – For all the deceased members of seminary faculty, staff and alumni. We pray to the Lord.
November 6 – May our country and all elected officials uphold life from conception to natural death. We pray to the Lord.
November 13 – For all benefactors of the seminary. May they be blessed for their generosity. We pray to the Lord.
November 20 – For all families as they gather around the table this Thanksgiving, that they remember with gratitude all the gifts from God. We pray to the Lord.
November 27 – For the whole seminary community as we begin the quiet of the Advent season. May each soul grow interiorly awaiting the Incarnation. 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.