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 kind of life He has planned for you to lead? You may find the following discernment prayers helpful: http://www.ukvocation.org/?page_id=129.
If you were at World Youth Day last week, you may have seen us at our vocations stand. Why not take a look at our site www.ukreligiouslife.org for information on consecrated/religious life, or www.compass-points.org.uk which has details about ‘Compass’, a discernment programme with a particular focus on religious life. If you are drawn to the priesthood, please visit www.ukpriest.org and contact the vocations director for your diocese, who will be able to give you guidance.
For a wide selection of vibrant photos taken at World Youth Day please visit www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism
Are you an English or Welsh pilgrim going to World Youth Day? Come and visit our Vocations Stand at the Cracovia Stadium (at the southern edge of Błonia) to receive your free Mercy cap! We would love to chat to you about any questions or thoughts you might have about who God is calling you to be.
Congratulations to Fr Michael Hart, who on 1st July was ordained a priest at Holy Cross Abbey in Whitland. He was ordained by Bishop Tom in the presence of Mgr Keith Newton, the senior prelate of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. As a priest of the Ordinariate Fr Michael will now serve as the chaplain to the monastic community of nuns of the Cistercian Order.
Here is Fr Michael pictured (right) with the vocations director for Menevia, Fr Liam Bradley. For vocation news and events in Menevia please like the Menevia Vocations Facebook page.
On Saturday 25th June, six men were ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Vincent at Westminster Cathedral. Concelebrating were Bishops John Sherrington, Nicholas Hudson and Mark Jabale, along with several priests of the diocese. The new priests are: Fr Christian de Lisle, Fr Tom Montgomery, Fr Damian Ryan, Fr John Scott, Fr Tony Thomas and Fr Chinedu Udo.
On the feast of St Barnabas, 11th June, Julio Albornoz, Michael Maguire, Joseph Okoro and Carlos Quito, who have been training at Allen Hall Seminary were ordained deacons by Bishop Nicholas at the Cathedral. The men continue their formation as they journey towards ordination to the priesthood. Please pray for these men as they continue their formation. The full text of Bishop Nicholas’ homily can be found here.