Reading from Pope Benedict XVI’s 2006 World Day of Prayer for
Remembering the counsel of Jesus: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:37), we
readily recognize the need to pray for vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. It is not surprising that, where people pray fervently, vocations flourish. The holiness of the Church depends essentially on union with Christ and on being open to the mystery of grace that operates in the hearts of believers. Therefore, I invite all the faithful to nurture an intimate relationship with Christ, Teacher and Pastor of His people, by imitating Mary who kept the divine mysteries in her heart and pondered them constantly.
(cf. Lk 2:19).
Discover the Road Less Traveled
Discover the Road Less Traveled is a monthly gathering for young adult men ages 18 and up who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood and/or religious life. The program focuses on a different topic each month, and is usually held at St. Mary's Seminary on the second Thursday of every month.
Join Priests, sisters, brothers seminarians and other young adults for an evening of great food, rich prayer, inspirational music, and compelling words as you grow in your courageous conviction to serve Christ and the Church. For more information go to
Texas Catholic Herald
The Herald lists the dates and times of discernment gatherings for the archdiocese religious orders throughout the year.
Serra Club of Houston
The Serra Club of Houston was incorporated in November, 1941, as a non-profit volunteer organization, and received its charter on April 28, 1942. It is the oldest and largest club in District 10, with about 100 members at present.
They are part of Serra International and the USA Council in Chicago, which they support financially. Their local programs support the work of the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, St. Mary’s Seminary, and Shalom Center, Inc. They are affiliated with the Holy Name Retreat Center, and Holy Rosary Church in downtown Houston.
As members of the lay vocation arm of the Church, their primary mission is to foster and affirm vocations to the ministerial priesthood and vowed religious life.
Its secondary mission is, by working and praying together, to encourage personal spiritual growth. It is an opportunity for lay Catholics to further their faith, and an invitation to those who may be considering the religious life to counsel with them and participate in our programs in fellowship.