The Union of Prayer for Vocations (UPV) was first known as the Association of Prayer for Vocations. However, when St Hannibal di Francia founded this lay Association of Catholics on 8 December 8 1900, he called it the Pious Union of the Evangelical Rogation. St Hannibal envisioned a “culture of vocations” within the Church as a response to the command of Jesus “Pray, therefore, to the Lord of the harvest to send workers into His harvest”. The UPV is open to all Catholics; membership is generally individual and personal; the degree of affiliation depends on the individual’s choice:
- Phase 1: Come & See (auxiliary members who are supporters of the ideals of UPV by praying and offering sacrifices daily for vocations);
- Phase 2: Come & Stay (active members who fulfill the duties and obligaions in the UPV); and
- Phase 3: Sent to Proclaim (core group that organizes, guides and forms the members of the UPV). Nothing extraordinary is expected from members except to:
- pray daily to obtain “good workers” especially priests and consecrated persons;
- offer their works, joys, sufferings and sacrifices for the cause of consecrated vocations;
- spread the prayer for vocations;
- support vocations and vocation-related activities of the church; and
- become conscious of their personal Christian vocation by actively participating in their parish community.
In preparation for their graduation on Sunday 8 May 2011, the first UPV group from the Marikina area in the Philippines had an overnight recollection at the FDZ convent.
The graduation took place at the Daughters of Divine Zeal convent in a Holy Mass presided by Rev Fr Boboy of the Society of Jesus. They pronounced their Promise of Commitment to the Rogate before Mother Elna Casimsiman, fdz, Mother Delegate, and Sr Noemi Fuderanan, fdz, Centro Rogate Coordinator. As Sr Marisa called each one by name, Mother Elna presented the UPV medal to each one. In celebration of this happy occasion, a sumptuous lunch was enjoyed by everyone. Mme Carina Valera, Tita Silver and Ella Calleja from the Parañaque chapter all attended the graduation rites.
UPV Marikina, Philippines