Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network
1501 S. Layton Boulevard
Year founded: 1844
Rev. William Blazek, SJ, National Director. Father William Blazek, SJ, MD, a Jesuit Priest, assumed leadership as National Director for the United States of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (formally the Apostleship of Prayer) and the Eucharistic Youth Movement in July 2017. He also serves as Regional Coordinator for Canada and the United States of both organizations.
Father Blazek entered the Society of Jesus in 2001 and professed perpetual vows in 2003. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 2012. Father has been a frequent guest speaker on bioethics on the national radio broadcast “Morning Air,” and a recurring contributor to the Newsweek And Washington Post online conversation “On Faith.”
Since 1844 their mission has been to help Christians live out their desire to serve God with their whole lives and their whole selves. God asks us all to pray for ourselves and for others. To make ourselves a living sacrifice and to pray without ceasing for all the needs of the Church and for the whole world. Since the nineteenth century popes have asked the Apostleship of Prayer to pray for specific intentions. We receive two prayer intentions each month from the Holy Father, pledging ourselves to pray for them every day.
In 2006, the board of the Apostleship of Prayer approved this statement of our mission:
The mission of the Apostleship of Prayer is to encourage Christians to make a daily offering of themselves to the Lord for the coming of God's Kingdom and for the Holy Father's monthly intentions. This habit of prayer encourages a Eucharistic spirituality of solidarity with the Body of Christ and loving service to others. Nourishing this spiritual program is the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Description of Apostolate
The Apostleship of Prayer began in France in 1844. At that time Fr. Francis Xavier Gautrelet, S.J., told a group of Jesuit seminarians who were eager to work on the missions: “Be apostles now, apostles of prayer! Offer everything you are doing each day in union with the Heart of our Lord for what He wishes, the spread of the Kingdom for the salvation of souls.”
Devotion to this simple, profound way of life spread, and in time the Pope himself proposed a monthly intention. Since 1929 the Holy Father has proposed a second monthly intention, one specifically related to the missionary work of the Church. Over fifty million apostles of prayer worldwide now pray for the Pope’s two prayer intentions each month.
To find out what Pope Francis’ prayer intentions are for this month, click here.
At the center of the Apostleship of Prayer is the Morning or Daily Offering. In this simple prayer, we offer every moment of our day to God. We strive to take seriously the call we received in baptism to be "a royal priesthood" (see 1 Peter 2:9).
Pope John Paul II once said that the practice of praying the Morning Offering is "of fundamental importance in the life of each and every one of the faithful." It is a daily reminder to make our entire day, our whole life "a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God" (Romans 12:1).
For Daily Offering prayers, click here.
Truly the Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope’s own “prayer group.” It is, as Pope John Paul II wrote in 1985, “a precious treasure from the Pope’s heart and the Heart of Christ.”