The theme of the assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome next year is “Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment”. To read the preparatory document for the Synod please click here. You can purchase a simpler version of the Synod preparatory document from Alive Publishing for £1.50, ISBN: 9781906278243.
On Tuesday 18th July, Hector Rick Fernandez was ordained to the diaconate. Here he is pictured on the right next to the vocations director for Brentwood, Fr Graham Smith. Hector studied at the Beda College in Rome and was ordained by Bishop Alan Williams in Dagenham.
Congratulations to Sr Maria of the Resurrection, who recently made her Solemn Profession to become a Carmelite sister. For information on religious life please visit www.ukreligiouslife.org.
Congratulations to Fr Alex Stewart and Fr Krzysztof Sanetra who were recently ordained for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP), a clerical society of apostolic life that exclusively uses the pre-1962 rite. This Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite took place in England for the first time in decades. For photos of the ordinations please click here, or to watch a video of the ordinations please click here.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, ordained seven men to the priesthood at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, the Nativity of St John the Baptist, 24th June 2017. Bishop Nicholas Hudson and more than 100 priests concelebrated the Mass.
The seven new priests are: Rev Julio Albornoz, Rev Michael Jarmulowicz, Rev Michael Maguire, Rev Brian McMahon, Rev Joseph Okoro, Rev Carlos Quito and Rev John Warnaby.
In his homily Cardinal Vincent noted that these men are called by the Father who “has chosen you, from all eternity, to be companions to his Son, sharing in his mission, in the power of the Holy Spirit.”
To read the full article from Independent Catholic News, please click here.
Leaving God for God is a study of five generations of Catholic Sisters in Britain from 1847 to 2017, and of their wide-ranging ministries to people in poverty.
As members of the Company of Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul – co-founded by St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac in seventeenth-century France – the Daughters of Charity belong to the largest transnational institute in the Catholic Church.
This comprehensive history, written with full access to the Daughters of Charity’s archives in London and Paris, assesses how far the Sisters have lived out their undertaking to serve the most marginalised in society. Other themes explored in the book include: the nature of the Daughters’ community culture; the development of Marian devotional life in Britain; questions of lay and religious status and of gender in the Catholic Church’s ministry; the Sisters’ engagement in civil society and with the State; and the interplay of national identities in Catholic Britain.