Rosaries for Vocations

Whether it’s said on an individual or group basis, the Rosary is a powerful prayer for vocations. Includes two sample Rosaries for Vocations from Serra-US Council.

Serra Participation

  • Publicizing event
  • Printing rosary guide for event
  • Organizing and leading groups that gather to pray Rosary for Vocations


Praying the Rosary is another way of increasing vocations to the priesthood, deaconate, and religious orders.  Special Rosaries have been developed by various Church-related groups for this specific purpose.  These Rosaries are tailored with special wording to go along with the traditional structure of the prayer.

Resources for Rosaries for Vocations abound on the Internet.  They vary in format from printable PDFs to videos to audio Podcasts.

It has been written that praying the Rosary “…takes us to God’s heart by way of Mary’s heart.”  The laity is encouraged to support priests, religious, and deacons—and those who aspire to be—through the recitation of Rosaries for Vocations.

Program Outline

  • Special Rosaries which include as their main intentions an increase in vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and deaconate
  • Can be said by a group or by a single individual
  • Numerous variations of this type of Rosary are available
  • Rosaries can be recited via reading from a printed guide, or……
  • by following along with special video or audio podcasts, if preferred
  • Video and audio podcasts
  • can be accessed via computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Church leaders invite and encourage the laity to recite these special Rosaries for Vocations

Coordinate with Ordination Schedule

Lead Time 1-2 Months


Low Effort

Low Cost

Program History and Development

The website – which is connected to the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of New York (NY) – perhaps best sums up the power of praying the Rosary as a means toward increased vocations:  it states that “The Rosary is a treasury of prayers that takes us to God’s heart by way of Mary’s heart.  If we listen carefully, we learn the desire of Mary’s heart when she says of her divine Son, ‘Do whatever He tells you’ (John 2:5).  And what does her Son tell us to do? ‘Come,’ He is calling to us, ‘follow Me’ (Matthew 19:21).  Through praying with Our Lady in the Rosary, then, contemplating the mysteries of her Son, we join her in answering His call, and in asking that others might do the same.”

Numerous resources are available on the subject of praying the Rosary with the intention of increasing vocations to the priesthood, deaconate, and religious orders.  There are PDF-based documents which contain guides to such Rosaries.  Plus, there is a YouTube video which essentially “walks viewers through” the recitation of these Rosaries—and even audio podcasts of vocational Rosaries—which one can easily access via computer, tablet, or smartphone.  (What’s more, one can find an entire website devoted to resources pertaining to praying for vocations.)  These Rosaries can, of course, be prayed by a single person or a large group of people.

As mentioned elsewhere in this volume of vocation-support resources, the role of laypeople in engaging regularly in prayer for vocations has been emphasized strongly by Church leaders around the nation.


Reference Materials:

From Vianney Vocations:
Rosary guides

Link to a PDF document which is a guide to a Rosary for Vocations; this is from the Diocese of Brooklyn (NY) website:
Guide to a Rosary for Vocations [pdf]

Link to a PDF document which is a guide to a Rosary for Vocations from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (Picayune, MS):
Guide to a Rosary for Vocations [pdf]

Link to a PDF document which is a guide to a Rosary for Vocations by a church group in Davenport, IA:
Guide to a Rosary for Vocations [pdf]

Link to Msgr. Peter Dunne and Vicki Herout’s ‘A Meditated Rosary for Vocations’:
A Meditated Rosary for Vocations

Link to Diocese of Lincoln (NE) vocations website, which includes several audio podcasts of bishop and seminarians reciting Rosary for Vocations:
Bishop and Seminarians reciting Rosary for Vocations [podcasts]

Join the Monthly Serra International Rosary for Vocations.
Resources – Serra International

Last Saturday of every month at 8:00 AM CST/CDT.

Serrans from all over the world are invited to join together in a recitation of the rosary for an increase in vocations to priesthood and consecrated life.

Humble prayer plants the seed of all great things, including awareness, affirmation, support and awakening to the call of vocations. Our Lady of Vocations, pray for us!

To join our rosary from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

Rosary Center & Confraternity, Portland, Oregon
The Rosary Confraternity is a spiritual association of the Catholic Church, the members of which strive to pray the entire Rosary during the course of one week. They form a union of hundreds of thousands of the faithful throughout the world who, along with their own intentions, include the intentions and needs of all its members.

The Dominican Rosary Pilgrimage, September 28, 2024, will be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. is the General Promoter of the Holy Rosary for the Dominican Order and is currently Rector of the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in London, England. He is also currently chaplain of the Central Curia of the Legion of Mary in London and teaches apologetics, digital media, and Mariology at Blackfriars Hall in Oxford. Fr. Lew was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, into an evangelical Protestant family.

The Secret of the Rosary- by St. Louis de Montfort

Father Lew on praying the Rosary

Mysteries Made Visible: Praying the Rosary with Sacred Art, by Fr Lawrence Lew, OP

Serra SPARK Helpers©

Rosaries for Vocations
Rosary Confraternity Information Sheet

““Let us face the vocations challenge with that equanimity and realism which take into account the
effectiveness of prayer,
and which are never devoid of supernatural hope.”

Pope St. John Paul II