Posted by The Record
on 14 March 2019
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In November 2018, the Archdiocese of Melbourne launched the "Pledge to Pray" initiative.
Set up as an online community, the Archdiocese's aim is to encourage those within parishes to pray for young people, faith and vocational discernment nation-wide.
The goal is to have 1000 pledges in time for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival at the end of this year.
The inspiration behind the program came from the concept of an "Invisible Monastery" for prayer vocations, which is used in other places around the world, particularly in the United States of America.
Christian Diaz, Pledge to Pray Communications Officer, said they have counted 57 prayers since the inception of the initiative.
"These pledges have come from the various diocese within Australia," he said.
"Prayer is the necessary first step to anything, and especially with vocations. It is the Lord who does the calling, and prayer helps to amplify that call and to engage the community in the work of vocations."
Mr Diaz commented that the hope for the programme is to highlight the website so that people can spiritually prepare for ACYF as well as spiritually support young people in the lead up to the event.
"No efforts of prayer will be in vain."
To date, contribution have come from seven states, 11 dioceses and 49 parishes with a total of 57 prayers.
To read the pledges or to make a pledge, Click Here