The Vatican has set the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations for April 21, the fourth Sunday of Easter, commonly known as Good Shepherd Sunday.

“The Church’s basic mission is to preach the Gospel and help build a civilization of love in our world today,” says St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. “We need good holy priests and dedicated men and women committed to the consecrated life to help build the Kingdom of God here and now.”

Archbishop Carlson says each Catholic has a responsibility to invite young people to consider if God is calling them. There has been a slight increase in vocations in the U.S. over the past several years.