Friday, July 12, 2013

Prayer for priests

O my Jesus, 
I beg You on behalf of the whole Church: 
Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit 
and give power to the words of priests 
so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance 
and return to You, O Lord.

Lord, give us holy priests; 
You Yourself maintain them in holiness. 
O Divine and Great High Priest, 
may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere 
and protect them from the devil's traps and snares 
which are continually being set for the souls of priests. 
May the power of Your mercy, O Lord, 
shatter and bring to naught 
all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, 
for You can do all things. 
I ask You, Jesus, 
for a special blessing 
and for light for the priests 
before whom I will make my confessions throughout my lifetime.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Support Our Seminarians

Submitted by Fr. Pascual Abaya IV
Director of Vocations
On November 30, 2007, Bishop Larry Silva sent a letter to all priests in the Diocese of Honolulu asking for support for the education of our seminarians. The second collection for the Seminarian Education Fund will take place this July 13-14, 2013.  In his letter, Bishop mentioned that the Office of Vocations is doing three things:
  1. vocations awareness throughout the Diocese;
  2. processing vocations prospects as they further their discernment; and
  3. encouraging the moral, spiritual, and material support for our present seminarians. 
As Director of Vocations, I continue to seek your assistance and encourage you to join me in this mission so we can continue to promote vocations in the Diocese and have more priests to serve in the future.
One way we can help is through the collection that is coming up the weekend of July 13-14.  The Vocations Office spends at minimum of $45,000.00 for each seminarian and currently we have ten spirit-filled men pursuing their aspiration of becoming priests for the Diocese of Honolulu.  Five of them are in College and five are in Theology.  Please continue to pray for them as we in the Vocation’s Office keep you in our prayers in a very special way. 
Diocese of Honolulu