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Take courage; Get up, Jesus is calling you! – Mark 10:49


A Prayer for Vocations:

Loving and Generous God,
it is You who call us by name
and ask us to follow You.
Help us to grow in the Love
and Service of our Church
as we experience it today.

Give us the energy and courage
of Your Spirit
to shape its future

Grant us faith-filled leaders
who will embrace Christ’s Mission
of love and justice.

Bless the Church of Wilmington
by raising up dedicated and generous leaders
from our families and friends
who will serve Your people as,
Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Deacons and Lay Ministers.

Inspire us to know You better
and open our hearts
to hear Your call.

We ask this through our Lord.

+++ A Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood +++

Heavenly Father, in every age, You call men
to serve at Your altar as Your priests
and servants of Your people to witness to the Gospel

 and to be like Your Son, the Great High Priest.
Through the intercession of St. Francis de Sales,
Patron Saint of the Diocese of Wilmington,
please grant our Diocese many good and holy priests;
Help me to discern what You want for my life,
and always give me the courage to say Yes to You.
May I not lose heart in considering my own weaknesses,
but be willing to answer Your call,
so You might fulfill your designs in me
and I might accomplish Your Holy Will. Amen.
Holy Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for us!
St. Francis de Sales, pray for us!
St. John Vianney, pray for us!

_______ I will give you shepherds after my own heart. – Jeremiah 3:15 _______

vocationsAre you being called to the priesthood or religious life?

Find out more about the priesthood: diocesanpriest.com

Find out more about the religious life: religiouslife.com

Let us help you to discover God’s plan for your life.

E-mail: [email protected] or Call us: (302) 573-3113 today!          


Rev. Norman P. Carroll, Director of Seminarians and the Office of Priestly and Religious Vocations [email protected] 

Rev. Richard Jasper, Associate Director of Vocations


We are unable to consider candidates who live outside of our country.
All candidates should have residency in or some association with the Diocese of Wilmington.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (302) 573-3113

Mailing address: Office of Priestly & Religious Vocations, P.O. Box 2030, Wilmington, DE 19899-2030

Office Address: 1626 N. Union St., Wilmington, DE