Bishop Douglas J. Lucia Declares a Year of Vocations:
“I have decided to declare a Year of Vocations in the Diocese of Syracuse under the patronage of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. This special year will begin on Saturday, November 14th with a Mass in honor of St. Joseph in the Cathedral at the start of the Vocations Summit. It will conclude on the Feast of Christ the King on November 21, 2021. The Year of Vocations will be placed under the care of St. Joseph because I would like to commemorate in a formal way the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being solemnly declared Patron of the Universal Church by Pope Pius IX in his decree Quemadmodum Deus.
When considering the task of Vocation Promotion in our diocese, we must first go to Joseph a compelling model for all vocation promotion strategies for our diocese and for our parishes. St. Joseph teaches us that all vocations come from the home, and that vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life are the crowning jewel of married life. During the Year of Vocations, we will pray not just for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life, but to married life as well. With fewer and fewer young people approaching the Church for the Sacrament of Matrimony, it is most evident that the “vocations crisis” extends to all states of life. It is my sincerest wish that all of our efforts during this Year of Vocations will be aimed at creating a culture of vocations throughout our diocese and in our parishes, so lay people can more readily discern and respond to God’s particular call in their life.”