The Fourth Sunday (also known as Good Shepherd Sunday) of Easter occurs three weeks after the celebration of Easter. This year, that date is April 25, 2021. In 1964, Pope Paul VI established this day as a World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which we call Vocations Sunday in the Catholic Church.

The Lord has called each of us to a certain living, but on Vocations Sunday, the Catholic Church specifically celebrates those called to “vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), consecrated life in all its forms (male and female religious life, societies of apostolic life, consecrated virginity), secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life.” 

We celebrate those who have answered their call to religious life, and those who are ready to begin their journey of fulfilling their vocation. 

If you have heard a call from God towards the Catholic priesthood, Daylesford Abbey is ready to welcome you and help you through this journey. Become a Norbertine at Daylesford. Our religious order was founded in 1120 by St. Norbert of Xanten. Currently, we are in the midst of celebrating our 900 year history of our order, which is the fifth oldest surviving order within the Catholic Church. Our lives are characterized by the ideal of “communio.” 

Please contact us today if you are interested in joining the Norbertine order. We welcome you to reach out to Abbot Domenic A. Rossi for further information at or call 610-647-2530.