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.

April 2017

April 2  – May the Faculty of the Seminary be fortified in their work by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We pray to the Lord.

April 9 – May the seminary community and beyond experience the Passion of Christ, allowing His transforming love to dispel self-centeredness and impatience. We pray to the Lord.

April 16 – For all deceased and their loved ones to experience the Easter resurrection joy. We pray to the Lord.

April 23 – May Divine Mercy Sunday lead many to the merciful love of the Father through His Son, Jesus. We pray to the Lord.

April 30 – For the Seminarians as they advance in their studies. May each of them know the love of the Father, bringing them more fully into the service of the Church. We pray to the Lord.

May

May 7 – For all College, Pre-Theology and Theology seminarians as they prepare to graduate, progress in their studies, or discern their vocational call, that they may be filled with grace to hear the Lord and follow Him unreservedly. We pray to the Lord.

May 14 – For all families of seminarians, particularly mothers, as we celebrate Mother’s Day. May they be united with the joy of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We pray to the Lord.

May 21 – For all those discerning a call to the priesthood or religious life, that they may know their unity in Christ and allow Him to reveal His love for them. We pray to the Lord.

May 28 – For the newly ordained, that the grace of the Sacrament of Holy Orders will fill them with the wisdom to shepherd God’s people. We pray to the Lord.

June

June 4 – May the fresh fire of the Holy Spirit fill all involved in the formation of seminarians as we celebrate Pentecost. We pray to the Lord.

June 11 – On this Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, may we dwell more fully in the midst of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as we grow in holiness. We pray to the Lord.

June 18 – For all fathers of seminarians, that St. Joseph’s intercession will fill them with quiet strength and care. We pray to the Lord.

June 25 – For Archbishop Carlson as he celebrates his birthday. May he be continually filled with zeal for souls. We pray to the Lord.

July

July 2 – For our country and protection of religious freedom. We pray to the Lord.

July 9 – That each of us may live in childlike faith, growing in wisdom and humility. We pray to the Lord.

July 16 – For all deceased members of the seminary community that they be at peace and their loved ones be consoled by the loving embrace of the Father. We pray to the Lord.

July 23 – May we be sowers of good seeds in the lives of those we touch, and may we forever give praise to God for his sovereignty. We pray to the Lord.

August

August 6 – For the families of seminarians, may they be rewarded for their generosity in offering sons for the building of the kingdom of God. We pray to the Lord.

August 13 – For the staff and administration of the seminary as they prepare for the seminarians’ return. May the Lord calm the seas and let peace flow throughout the seminary. We pray to the Lord.

August 20 – For seminarians as they return to their studies. May their transition from summer to the academic year be one of ease and may the Blessed Mother enfold them in her protection. We pray to the Lord.

August 27 – For Archbishop Carlson, Bishop Rivituso, and Bishop Hermann, may each of them hear the words of the Gospel today, “upon this rock I will build my Church”, as a gentle encouragement to their episcopal call. We pray to the Lord.

September

September 3 – For all staff, teachers, and formation advisors that their labor to prepare seminarians will be richly blessed. We pray to the Lord.

September 10 – For all benefactors of the Seminary mission, that blessings may fall upon them and their loved ones. We pray to the Lord.

September 17 – May mercy and forgiveness flow throughout our lives, building unity and peace. We pray to the Lord.

September 24 – May the Vocations Office and those called to vocation work be richly blessed by the generosity of the Lord to call many to the priesthood and religious life. 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.