Prayer Partners

“Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or the consecrated life, there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community.” 
~Pope Francis
We invite you to join us in praying for the needs of our future priests and our Seminary community. Each week of the year will bring an intention being held up by the seminary. It is our hope that friends of the seminary will take each intention into their personal prayer time. Each month, the list of intentions will be updated for the upcoming weeks. Please remember our intentions in your daily prayers.
July 2014

July 6 - We pray that every thought, word, and action may be governed by the desire to praise and reverence the Heart of Jesus.

July 13 - We pray for a new faith and to receive a sense of belonging to the Father as a beloved son or daughter in and with Jesus.

July 20 - We pray for a new depth of humility so that, with Mary, we might receive the Living Word and say “yes” to the Holy Spirit’s call to grow in holiness.

July 27 - For the Board of Trustees of the seminary to be given the grace of discernment in all their leadership.

August 2014

August 3 - For all staff and faculty as they make preparations for the new academic year. May they be filled with enthusiasm and encouragement.  

August 10 - We pray that the generosity of our Lord's blessings to be upon all of our benefactors, alumni, and their families.  

August 17- In gratitude for the seminarians, especially as they answer the call to the priesthood like Mary's fiat. May they be given protection and a fruitful year of formation.  

August 24 - For the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the special 250th anniversary of the City of St. Louis. May we, as a seminary community, live out the call to serve the poor as exemplified in St. Louis, our patron.

August 31- For Archbishop Carlson as shepherd of the faithful. Give him all the gifts of the Spirit and a docile flock.

Previous Intentions
Dec. 1, 2013 - First Week of Advent - We pray for a new depth of humility so that, like Mary, we might receive the Living Word and say yes to the Holy Spirit's call to grow in holiness.
Dec. 8 - Second Week of Advent - We pray in gratitude for the humility displayed by the Holy Father and the courage to grow in humility ourselves as we embrace the Holy Father's Consecration of the Church to Mary.
Dec. 15 - Third Week of Advent - We pray: Lord Jesus, show me, as your child, the truth of your desire to complete my joy.
Dec. 22 - Fourth Week of Advent - We pray in thanksgiving to God for his many blessings in the way of stewardship to the Seminary Community. May each contributor anticipate a new birth within Christ's presence.
Dec. 29 - Holy Family - We pray in gratitude for family life in which vocations are birthed and nourished.
Jan. 5 - We pray in gratitude for the stewardship of all benefactors and ask for wisdom in the proper care and use of the gifts we have been given.
Jan. 12 - We pray for ears to listen to Jesus, especially for each seminarian to seek to be configured to the Heart of Christ and eagerly grow in pastoral charity.
Jan. 19 - We pray for our faculty; as they share their Wisdom, Knowledge and Faith with the Seminary Community.
Jan. 26 - We pray for Christian Unity in the Church and that our Seminary Community may grow in charity and respect toward a covenant of understanding with our Christian brothers and sisters.
Feb. 2 - We pray, Lord Jesus, to see anew the goodness of your creations and to have a heart enflamed with a desire to praise and serve you.
Feb. 9 - As we draw near the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, may Mary intercede to the Father for the healing of all our family and friends who are struggling with illness.
Feb. 16 - We pray for a new ability to receive awe and wonder as we contemplate the Father’s gaze of delight upon each of us.
Feb. 23 - We pray that Archbishop Carlson knows of the prayers and support of the Seminary Community as he discerns and acts on behalf of the people of the Archdiocese.
March 2 - We pray in thanksgiving for all deceased alumni of the Seminary Community. May their presence before God bring blessing and peace to all who knew of them.
March 9 - We pray: please reveal to us in true sorrow our sinfulness and give us the humility to trust and receive Your desire to forgive and regenerate our hearts.
March 16 - Mary and St. Joseph, teach us to pray the Psalms as you taught Jesus so that we may receive the love of the Father’s Spirit, trusting that He is always at work in us.
March 23 - We pray for seminarians, that they may receive a consuming desire to seek after, find and abide with the presence of Jesus’ Indwelling Spirit drawing from the well of Living Water.
March 30 - We pray, Lord Jesus, show us your children, the truth of your desire to complete our joy.
April 6 – Lord Jesus, give me a new desire to let go of all of my concerns and trust in the Father’s providential care.
 April 13 - Lord Jesus, grant me new gifts of prayer so that I might receive healing and strength at the cross with you.
 April 20 - Lord Jesus, allow me to experience in faith the power of the resurrection with you and walk in joy.
 April 27 - We pray for a new depth of humility so that along with Mary we might receive the Living Word and say yes to the Holy Spirit’s call to grow in holiness.
 May 4 - May Archbishop Carlson know of the prayers and support of the Seminary Community as he discerns and acts on behalf of the people of the Archdiocese.
May 11 - May Christ’s healing presence dwell with each friend and relative of the Seminary Community that is in need at this time.
May 18 - May the Holy Father be protected as he with holy boldness leads the Church
May 25 - We pray for the Deacons being ordained that the wisdom of the Father, the fraternity of the Son and the counsel of the Holy Spirit infuse their priesthood.
 June 1 - For blessings upon our newly ordained. May the grace of Jesus, risen and sitting at the right hand of the Father, bring wisdom and fruitfulness to their ministry.
June 8 - For a new Pentecost in our Seminary Community. May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be strengthened in each of our hearts.
June 15 - For our faculty. For a deep sense of the indwelling presence of the Blessed Trinity
June 22 - For our Seminary Community. For the fruitful ministry of our Vocation Office.
June 29 - For Grateful Stewardship. For wisdom in the proper care and use of the gifts we have been given to foster vocations for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

About Intercessory Prayer
Prayer for one another has been a rich tradition in the Church. "On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of the Promise was poured out on the disciples, gathered "together in one place. While awaiting the Spirit, "all these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer. The Spirit who teaches the Church and recalls for her everything that Jesus said was also to form her in the life of prayer." 
In the Catechism it goes on to define Prayer of Intercession as it states  "Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners. He is "able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. The Holy Spirit "himself intercedes for us . . . and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  Since Abraham, intercession - asking on behalf of another - has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God's mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ's, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks "not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others," even to the point of praying for those who do him harm. The first Christian communities lived this form of fellowship intensely. Thus the Apostle Paul gives them a share in his ministry of preaching the Gospel but also intercedes for them.  The intercession of Christians recognizes no boundaries: "for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions," for persecutors, for the salvation of those who reject the Gospel."(CCC 2634-36)
It is the hope of the Seminary community that you will take each intention into your personal prayer time and to your Eucharistic celebration intentions. May our journey of intercession for others bring joy and delight in our hearts and the Father's heart.