MANGALORE FEB 28: Prayer for Vocations and for Religious and consecrated men and women was organised by the Commission for Vocation and Priestly Formation of different parishes of Mangalore diocese during the month of February.
Holy Father Pope Francis in his prayer intention for the month of February had called on Catholics to pray for religious sisters and consecrated women as they continue in their mission with courage despite at times being treated unfairly, even within the Church.
Accordingly, Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore in his Message for the month of February on Internos, had instructed the Commission for Vocations to organise prayer service, adoration and Rosary at the parish level.
Bishop wrote, “Pope Francis has chosen the General Intention for the month to pray for religious sisters and consecrated women. We cherish the presence of the religious sisters and consecrated women in our diocese as a wonderful treasure, and we thank God for their dedication. Many have chosen to serve the marginalised and those living in existential peripheries in their struggle for social justice. While I gratefully acknowledge their services and wholehearted collaboration in the apostolate, I request the Parish Priests and members of the Commission for Vocations and Formation, Priests and Religious to organise some moments of prayer together, during this month, to express our gratitude for the services they render. It would be an incentive also for the youngsters to offer themselves in the service of the Lord and of the Church.”
Many parishes and religious houses in the diocese of Mangalore had organised Mass, adoration, special prayer service and Rosary at the grotto of Mother Mary under the guidance of Parish Priests and under the leadership of Commission for Vocations and Formation, Priests and Religious.
Many children and parishioners took part and prayed for the intentions of Pope Francis during this month.