If you are looking to deepen your relationship with Christ, having the support from a discernment group and friendship with other young people who are discerning their vocation can give you the focus and direction you need. Take a look at the following list of discernment groups taking place throughout England and Wales.
COMPASS (CENTRAL LONDON)
COMPASS aims to help men and women to discern their vocation, with a particular focus on vocations to religious life. The annual programme starts in October, running over 5 weekends and the Easter Triduum, and ends in April. Over the eight months you will be able to explore your vocation and experience religious life, to help you find out if it is for you, while continuing with your current work or studies.
Please visit www.compass-points.org.uk for more information.
VOCATIONS DISCERNMENT GROUP (BRENTWOOD DIOCESE)
The Brentwood Vocations Discernment Group meets monthly, aimed at young adults aged 17-35. It helps if you chat with the Vocations Director before coming to the group, so that you can be sure it is right for you.
Contact: Fr. Graham Smith at email@example.com or on 01277 362645
DISCERNERS (HALLAM DIOCESE)
‘Discerners’ helps those who feel a call to secular priesthood or religious life to reflect on and deal with what they are experiencing. This group meets monthly at The Catholic Chaplaincy. Each meeting lasts for about 3 hours and includes an informal meal, a short talk with discussion and a period of quiet prayer and adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Participants are encouraged to ask a priest or a member of a religious congregation to accompany them on their discernment journey. They also have occasional one to one meetings with the Vocations Director.
Location: University of Sheffield Catholic Chaplaincy, 7 Wellesley Road, Sheffield S10 2SY
Contact: Fr. Peter Cullen at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0114 268 1197
PATHWAYS (LEEDS DIOCESE)
This group meets monthly and is designed to help young adults grow in their spiritual life. The idea is to have a talk on a spiritual topic, some food and enjoy each other’s fellowship. To find out the date and time each month please visit the Leeds Diocesan Vocations Service Facebook page.
Location: St. Winefride’s Presbytery, 54 St Paul’s Avenue, Wibsey, Bradford BD6 1ST
Contact: Fr. Michael Doody at email@example.com or on 01274 677992
SESSIONS WITH THE SISTERS OF ST. MARY OF NAMUR (LIVERPOOL ARCHDIOCESE)
Exploration sessions for men and women who are looking to deepen their spiritual life, with an open heart to what God might be calling them to do with their lives.
~ For information on their 12 month vocational discernment programme, please click here.
~ For details of their informal coffee drop-in sessions with the sisters please click here.
~ To find out about their sessions on ‘Breath, Movement, Creativity and Spirituality’ please click here.
Contact: Sr. Bridget Folkard at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07598 756557.
RESTLESS HEARTS (HAMMERSMITH, LONDON)
Do you feel restless? Join this group for the opportunity to find hope and inspiration as you discern your vocation together with others. The format includes times of prayer, guest speakers, discussion of personal experiences and draws on the example of St. Augustine who always had a restless heart. This group is aimed at people over the age of 18, meeting on the first Thursday of every month from 8.00-9.30pm.
Location: The Augustinian Centre, 55 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London W6 8AU
Contact: Chiara Aletti at email@example.com
SAMUEL GROUPS (CENTRAL LONDON)
Samuel Groups are for single young adults (18-35) who are wondering what God is calling them to do with their lives. It would also suit those who are making decisions about their career, or about spending time as a missionary or volunteer. The groups meet monthly (within an academic year) alongside meeting individually with a spiritual guide on a monthly basis. For more information on Samuel please click here.
Residential Opportunities for Discernment
THE WELLSPRING COMMUNITY (ARUNDEL AND BRIGHTON DIOCESE)
The Wellspring Community is seeking new members for its Formation and Mission house – a one (or more) year experience, from this coming summer.
The year offers an opportunity to grow in your faith, go deeper in prayer, discern Christ’s call, and get involved in dynamic mission in the local Church and community.
Members of the house receive formation in the Benedictine tradition, the Catholic faith and vocation, and have opportunities for retreat and spiritual accompaniment. They work part-time in paid work, usually in the Church, and work on teams in mission that includes teenage and young adult retreats, school chaplaincy, faith-formation with students and young adults, children’s work, and social outreach.
Brighton is a lively city to live in, with many needs and opportunities to share the Gospel message with others. The Wellspring Community seeks to be a living witness to life in the Risen Christ in the heart of the city, drawing people into encounter with Him. The Community is based in the parish of St Joseph and St Francis, a dynamic parish seeking to respond to Pope Francis’ call for us to be a “completely mission-oriented” Church.
If you would be interested in exploring the possibility of living in the Formation and Mission House, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the life and mission of the Wellspring Community please visit: www.wellspringbrighton.org.uk