This fourth Sunday of Easter is known also today by another name, as we recount once more in the gospel the familiar parable of the good shepherd. Good Shepherd Sunday is marked in Rome by the ordination of men to the sacred priesthood by the Holy Father in Saint Peter’s basilica, and we keep in our minds today all those who are preparing to receive holy orders this summer, especially Brother Peter Martyr O.P., who serves in this parish. Today is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, and so we think also in more general terms about the call of the sacred priesthood, and ask ourselves what it is that we are doing to encourage and support those who may be summoned to live this life, and if we might do more to help.
On Monday at 10.30 a.m. (BST) there will be a Press Conference held at the Sala Stampa of the Holy See at which a new document on the promotion of vocations to the priesthood will be presented. It will be live streamed via news.va. Those interested in encouraging vocations to the Sacred Priesthood might like to make a cup of coffee around then and tune in.