Vocations Sunday

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Vocations Sunday or the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is a Sunday set aside each year by various Christian denominations as a day for prayer and reflection in relation to the call to ministry and Christian service.

The Church of England describes Vocations Sunday as "the day for churches to encourage everyone to reflect, discover and recognise God's call to them".[1] In the Roman Catholic Church, Vocations Sunday coincides with Good Shepherd Sunday, which is the fourth Sunday in the Easter Season.[2] The first World Day of Prayer for Vocations was instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1963 during the Second Vatican Council.[3]


  1. ^ Church of England, Vocations Sunday, accessed 25 May 2016
  2. ^ Archdiocese of Baltimore, Good Shepherd Sunday and World Day of Prayer for Vocations, accessed 25 May 2016
  3. ^ Official Vatican Network, Paul VI : Institution of the 'World Day of Prayer for Vocations', accessed 25 May 2016