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The World Day of Prayer for Vocations was celebrated on Sunday 17th April this year, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is also known as Vocations Sunday or Good Shepherd Sunday and the theme this year was ‘Vocations: Witness to the Truth’.

In his message for Vocations Sunday Pope Francis said that:  “Vocations are born within the Church,”

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“From the moment a vocation begins to become evident, it is necessary to have an adequate ‘sense’ of the Church” – he continues – “No one is called exclusively for a particular region, or for a group or for an ecclesial movement, but rather for the Church and for the world.”

Click here for the full text of Pope Francis’ message for Vocations Sunday 2016

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Fr. Johnnie Cusack is Director for Vocations, Diocese of Kilmore

Recently Fr. Johnnie wrote of the influence priests had in his formative years in his native Lavey. These men instructed the faithful and administered the sacraments. 
 
He remarked:    “I now realise, that if there were nobody available then with the gift of “Holy Orders” none of this would have happened!”.
 
adding that when he was ordained in 1963

“I myself was elevated to the Sacramental way-of-life called HOLY ORDERS. This “Sacrament” I had depended on from infancy. Now as Priest, I would ‘make-it-happen’ for all I’d be appointed to serve”.

After 50 years as a priest Fr. Johnnie retired as parish priest but continues to exercise his ministry of Holy Orders.
He combines his work in the parish of Ballinamore with doing what he can to ensure that the call to priesthood and religious life is heard and heeded for future generations. 
                                                       

He can be contacted at:

Fr. Johnnie Cusack,
Ballinamore,
Co. Leitrim.

tel. 071-9644050

      087 240 8409

frjcusack32@gmail.com