Congratulations to Fr Rick Fernandez, who on Saturday 30th June was ordained to the priesthood at Holy Family Catholic Church in Dagenham. May the Lord bless Fr Rick in his new ministry as a priest, as he serves the Lord in this special way, and we pray that he builds stable, pastoral relationships with the people he serves. Please click here to read an article about Fr Rick’s ordination.
On Saturday 30th June, Cardinal Vincent Nichols ordained six men to the priesthood at Westminster Cathedral. Cardinal Nichols said, ‘Today, then, we rejoice as six men, full of the memory of their own pathway of faith, come forward to be priests, for in their turn they will offer the Sacrifice of the Mass and minister the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the two great gifts of the priesthood,’ he said.
Vacations – ’empty’ times – are a chance to be less busy with daily life and more busy with prayer life. Why not spend some time with God asking for guidance as to what vocation He has planned for you to live out? You may find the following discernment prayers helpful: http://www.ukvocation.org/?page_id=129. If you have any queries regarding how to discern your vocation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
As well as Saturday 23rd June being a beautiful and sunny day for the last day of term at Oscott Seminary, it was the day when eight Oscott seminarians got ordained to the sacred diaconate.
Please pray for them and for all of the seminary community as they journey towards the priesthood. May the Lord make them and all seminarians holy and may he increase the number of those who are willing to accept the call to follow him in this way! To read more about the ordinations, please visit http://oscott.net/diaconal-ordinations-2018/.
Congratulations to Simon Conrad, who was ordained to the permanent diaconate on Saturday 16th June by Bishop Alan Williams at Brentwood Cathedral. Simon is pictured on the left with his father, Paul, also a deacon. May God bless Simon in his new ministry. For more photos of his ordination, please click here.
Bishop Terence Drainey, Chair of the Management Board of the National Office for Vocation, is pleased to announce that following the election of Abbot Christopher Jamison as Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation, the vacancy for the Director of the National Office for Vocation is to be filled by Fr Darren Carden, a priest of the Diocese of Lancaster currently working in the Archdiocese of Liverpool.