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

February 4 – For those called to consecrated life that they will respond with certitude to serve God. We pray to the Lord.

February 11 – For all those in the seminary community suffering from illness. May Our Lady of Lourdes bring the Lord’s healing power into each life. We pray to the Lord.

February 18 – As we begin Lent we pray that this journey of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving will transform hearts to be like unto Christ. We pray to the Lord.

February 25 – For the Administration of the Seminary, may God grant discernment on the many matters that surround seminary formation. We pray to the Lord.

March

March 4 – For perseverance on the Lenten journey with an ever deepening desire to serve God with our whole heart, mind, and soul. We pray to the Lord.

March 11 – As we celebrate Laetare Sunday, may we remember with joy and gratitude all benefactors of the Seminary. We pray to the Lord.

March 18 – For all those in the seminary community that have lost a loved one that they be comforted by the love of the Father. We pray to the Lord.

March 25 – For the Feast of the Annunciation to be a reminder to all of us for a personal Fiat to the Lord. May we be full of courage and fortitude. We pray to the Lord.

April

April 1 – May the Resurrection of the Lord bring new life to members of the seminary community as they prepare to meet the needs of serving the Church. We pray to the Lord.

April 8 – May the Lord’s mercy be released on all to bring about oneness in mind, body and spirit. We pray to the Lord.

April 15 – May we joyfully give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s. We pray to the Lord.

April 22 – On this World Day of Vocations may we pray especially for those who are called to the priesthood and religious life: that they and their families will be at peace in the call God puts on their hearts. We pray to the Lord.

April 29 – For the faculty and staff of the seminary that they be filled with good discernment as the school year comes to a close. We pray to the Lord.

May

May 6 – For all seminarians as they prepare to advance either by graduation or to the next year of study, may they be upheld by the prayers of all of us. We pray to the Lord.

May 13 – For mothers of all, that they may draw on the magnificent Mother of Jesus to grow in humility and grace. We pray to the Lord.

May 20 -May the Holy Spirit fill the hearts of all anew as we seek to live a new Pentecost. We pray to the Lord.

May 27 – For all the newly ordained and their families as they embrace the call to serve the Church, that they be blessed by the Most Holy Trinity. We pray to the Lord.

June

June 3 – For the gift of the Eucharist that joins heaven and earth and calls us to embrace all creation. We pray to the Lord.

June 10 – For Archbishop Carlson as he leads the Archdiocese of St. Louis, for his health and stamina in serving the Lord. We pray to the Lord.

June 17 – For the gift of spiritual fatherhood and all those who fulfill that role in journeying with others towards God. We pray to the Lord.

June 24 – May our seminarians be led to point the way like John the Baptist, leading others to Christ. 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.