Bishop's Message - Vocations Awareness Week 2013

Once again, Vocations Awareness Week invites each of us to think and pray about his or her vocation.

It begins with Baptism, through which we became members of Christ's Body, his Church. Everyone who has been baptised has a share in the mission to make disciples of all peoples. Each lives that mission according to his or her vocation.

Whether it is in the Sacrament of Marriage, or the single life, or in the Sacrament of Ordination, or as a Religious brother or sister, the particular vocation has its source and power in the Sacrament of Baptism.

St Paul wrote to the young church of Corinth: "God uses us to make the knowledge of Christ spread everywhere like a sweet smell...we are like fragrant incense offered by Christ to God." (2 Cor 2)

I ask God to help all married couples discover more deeply the dignity and potential of their calling. Good marriages and families can transform the world.

I pray for those living the single life, that the potential for fruitful service they have will be made clear.

The Diocese of Bathurst has six married men preparing for ordination as deacons; and seven young men preparing for ordination as priests. Pray for them, that they may become worthy ministers and build our local church.

To the women and men who have committed themselves in vows of poverty, chastity and obedience: may they shine more brightly as signs of the way to God's Kingdom.

Our Lady of the Central West, pray for all of us!

+ Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst