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A Special six30 Holy Hour Praying for those Courageously Devoted to Christ

For Vocations Awareness Week, a special six30 Holy Hour was led by Fr David Cartwright (Director of Vocations Melbourne) praying for vocations, the gift of consecrated life, and priesthood in our church.  

Despite the cold and wet August night, St Patrick's Cathedral was filled with a sense of warmth that emanated from the presence of individuals who each had a unique devotion to Christ. These were our priests, brothers and sisters serving in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, all gathered to reflect and pray before the Blessed Sacrament.

To begin the hour, a procession was led by Fr Cartwright with all the religious in attendance walking reverently behind him. It was an inspiring sight to behold, the combined orders side by side welcoming the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

During the hour of adoration, Fr Cartwright spoke avidly about our need for courage - courage to say yes to our Lord, and courage to discover our vocation.  Fr Cartwright’s words of wisdom were accompanied with a stirring mix of songs provided by ‘Singles for Christ’ and with this the evening was filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The hour concluded with a final photo of all of the religious who were present, on the steps of the altar. It was heart-warming to witness all the different religious brothers, sisters and priests gathered for a joyous moment. There was a deep sense of gratitude for their service which came from recognising their collective devotion to Christ.

Vocations Awareness Week

Once the evening came to a close a lot of the religious mingled with each other and with the young people who were present. All in all it was an uplifting night.

Thank you to all those who attended and the Vocations Melbourne for coordinating the evening. May God bless all who have dedicated their lives to the service of the church and may they continue to inspire a new generation of young Catholics!

Written by Dexter.
Dexter is a communications officer at the Archdiocesan Office For Youth 

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