Day of prayer for clergy, men and women religious, is Oct. 20

Special to The Message 

A day of prayer dedicated to the health and wellness of clergy, and men and women religious, has been set for Oct. 20.  The focus is to provide spiritual support to those who tirelessly serve the Church and the people of God. It also serves as an awareness campaign and reminder of the importance of self-care, healing and maintaining a strong spiritual foundation. 

Saint John Vianney Center, the only behavioral-health and addictions treatment and resource center providing holistic care and support exclusively for clergy, and men and women religious worldwide, will host the day of prayer. The highlight will be a livestreamed Mass from the center’s chapel at 11 a.m. EDT celebrated by Father David Brzoska, Chaplain of Saint John Vianney Center, and concelebrated by Monsignor Roberto Garza, Board Member for SJVC, Pastor at St. Joachim Church in Miami, Florida, and President and General Director of Radio Paz. 

"Amidst the challenges and demands faced by clergy and men and women religious, it is crucial to prioritize their health and well-being," said David Shellenberger, President and CEO of Saint John Vianney Center. "The day of prayer serves as a moment of support and renewal as we collectively uplift our dedicated servants in prayer and seek God's grace for their continued service." 

SJVC invites all to join in the day of prayer. For more information, visit