World Day of Prayer for Vocations: "Vocations Sunday" - May 7th, 2017
May 7, 2017 marks the 54th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations -- a day when the global Church prays for the ministers of the Church and for “young men and women to hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.” While seemingly inclusive, this language neglects to footnote those ministries where women are rejected, silenced and punished for following their call to ordination.
We urge the Roman Catholic Church to open the discussion on women’s ordination and reflect on its own participation in the oppression of women by denying women's equality in Christ. To bring our Church closer to the gospel values that Jesus modeled for us, we need all the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be fully integrated into every aspect and ministry of the Church.
Photos below of women's ordination advocates taking action on Vocations Sunday, around the world: Rochester, New York; Rome, Italy; Des Moines, Iowa; London, England; Dublin, Ireland; Lisieux, France; Dublin, Ireland; London, England.