We are all fairly familiar with the story of our national apostle St. Patrick. Here was a man of great courage who was prepared to take the risk of accepting the challenge he experienced in his heart that God was calling him to a course of action that some of his people believed was sheer madness. After all he had endured on Slieve Mish, working as a slave for a Druid priest, he was now thinking of returning to the country to which he was forcibly taken as a youth where he lived in great deprivation.
However, it was only when he suffered the stripping of the trappings of the good life to which he had become so accustomed while living in his native country, that his dependency on God was awakened and the seeds of his subsequent vocation were sown. Up to then, the sound of God's call to follow Him in the priesthood was drowned out by his exposure to the materialism and cares of the world of the fifth century. The risk that St. Patrick took in returning to Ireland to bring the Good News to our shores, changed for the better the lives of countless Irish people.
Limerick Diocese needs men of courage and conviction today to follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick and devote their lives in ministering to the spiritual needs of the people of this diocese. The Holy spirit continues to work in the church in calling people to serve God in this manner but sometimes the call goes unanswered.
.... Where is God calling you?
- Information about becoming a DIOCESAN PRIEST - Limerick contact details below.
- Information about permanent DEACONATE ,
- Information about RELIGIOUS SISTERS or BROTHERS
- Information about MARRIAGE
If you would like to speak to the Diocesan director of vocations, please feel welcome to contact Fr LeslieMcNamara at 061-414624.
Prayer for vocations:
Creator God, Life is your gift to me. Through Baptism, You invite me to share the gift of my life in service to others. Be with me as I choose each day to show your presence in our world. Give me the courage and generosity to respond to your love, to your call. I pray especially for priests, brothers, sisters and all those who endeavour to serve You in witnessing to the Gospel. Keep them close to You. Open the minds and hearts of many other men and women that they may accept your challenge to build your Kingdom.
Supporting Vocations in Limerick
- The Limerick diocesan vocations committe comprises of religious sisters and priests of the diocese, who meet regularly to pray and support each other in their ministry and to take initatives each year to promote, support and encourage vocations.
- Limerick has several active branches of St Josephs Young Priests Society.
- Each year, Pope Benedict writes a letter for World Day of Prayer for Vocations. You can find the 2011 letter on the Irish National Vocations website.
- Three radio programs were made in 2010 to celebrate the vocation of priesthood. You can listen to three Limerick men speak of their faith journey and choices HERE (scroll to end of that page)
A special celebration of the Eucharist was organised by the Vocations Committee as part of Limericks preparations for the Eucharistic Congress. A large group gathered in St Johns Cathedral on Wednesday, 30th November 211, to sing, to pray and to give thanks.
<- Students from Mary Immaculate College provided music, together with Bernadette Kiely, organist.
Some members of the hardworking vocations committe after the celebration ->
The chief celebrant was Fr Tony Mullins (Diocesan Administrator), and the homily was preached by Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon. A copy of Fr Eamonns homily is available HERE
God knows me and calls me by my name.…
God has created me to do Him some definite service;
He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission—I never may know it in this life,
but I shall be told it in the next.
Somehow I am necessary for His purposes…
I have a part in this great work;
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good,
I shall do His work;
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth
in my own place, while not intending it,
if I do but keep His commandments
and serve Him in my calling.
Therefore I will trust Him.
Whatever, wherever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him;
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him;
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be
necessary causes of some great end,
which is quite beyond us.
He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life,
He may shorten it;
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends,
He may throw me among strangers,
He may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—
still He knows what He is about.…
Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see—
I ask not to know—I ask simply to be used.
Cardinal John Henry Newman.
from Meditations and Devotions, "Meditations on Christian Doctrine,"
"Hope in God—Creator", March 7, 1848