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.
January 1 – Mary, Mother of the Church, the model of every vocation, help us to say “Yes” to the Lord who calls us to cooperate in the divine plan of salvation. We pray to the Lord.
January 8 – May we always be enlightened, as the Wise Men of the Epiphany, to follow the star that leads us to Jesus. May that light lead our hearts to recognize Jesus in one another. We pray to the Lord.
January 15 – May we be heralds of Jesus like John the Baptist. May the seminarians encourage one another that they are Beloved Sons. We pray to the Lord.
January 22 – For the gift of life from conception to natural death and the recognition to uphold the dignity of life throughout all stages of life and difficulties.
January 25* – May the seminarians be blessed with safe travel to and from the March for Life. We pray to the Lord.
*Special petition for the March for Life 2017
January 29 – May each seminarian be encouraged and filled with perseverance for their studies, seeking to grow in knowledge and understanding of Christ Jesus. We pray to the Lord.
February 5 – Grant perseverance to our seminarians and to all those who are carrying out a life totally consecrated to your service. We pray to the Lord.
February 12 – For all educators, Formation Advisors, and Administrators of the Seminary, may they continue to be led by the Holy Spirit to help bring forth the best from these men seeking holiness. We pray to the Lord.
February 19 – For Archbishop Carlson as he discerns and acts on behalf of the Archdiocese. May the Spirit of Wisdom and discernment fill him daily. We pray to the Lord.
February 26 – May the hearts of many respond to God’s call to the priesthood and religious life. We pray to the Lord.
March 5 – May the Lenten journey of all alumni, benefactors, faculty, staff, and seminarians be filled with renewed fervor in the traditions of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We pray to the Lord.
March 12 – May each of us experience hearing in our hearts that we are beloved sons and daughters of God upon whom blessing are bestowed to be light to the nations. We pray to the Lord.
March 19 – For all those suffering any illness. May the healing presence of Jesus bring comfort to their hearts. We pray to the Lord.
March 26 – Give young men and women the grace of responding to your voice. Support our bishops, priests, and consecrated men and women in their apostolic labor. We pray to the Lord.
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.
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.