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.
BRENTWOOD DIOCESE: VOCATIONS DISCERNMENT GROUP
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.
HALLAM DIOCESE: DISCERNERS
‘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
LEEDS DIOCESE: PATHWAYS
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
LIVERPOOL ARCHDIOCESE: EXPLORING LIFE, FAITH AND MISSION
The Sisters of St. Mary Namur are offering one session a month for 12 months to those wishing to discern, find or re-find the call of God in their lives. Please click here for details.
Location: 55 Swanside Road, Liverpool L14 7 NJ
Contact: Sr. Bridget Folkard at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07598 756557
NOTTINGHAM DIOCESE: FRANCISCAN COME AND SEE AFTERNOONS
Do you think God is calling you to live the Gospel in a Franciscan lifestyle? If you would like to discern your Call, come along to a Come and See event on the first Saturday of every month from 2pm – 4pm.
Location: San Damiano Convent, 1 Hall Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7BT
Contact: Sr. Dorothy Paul on 01773 833168 or email@example.com
PORTSMOUTH DIOCESE: VOCATION SEEKER GROUP
What’s God’s dream for your life? Join our monthly discernment group to reflect on God’s design for your work. Join us on the first Friday of each month from 7-9pm for food, prayer, reflection and friendship. And there is no such thing as a silly question! If you’d like to come, please contact us (for catering purposes) – contact details below.
Location: Sacred Heart Church, Portland Street, Fareham PO16 0NF (Easy access via road, train & bus)
Contact: Fr. John Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01329 318 869 / Mrs. Clare Ryan at email@example.com or on 01329 318 869
Our aim …
We will contact you to invite and remind you of the monthly seekers meeting. There is no commitment – you are free to come and free to go. We will inform and invite you to other related events. Most of all, our aim is to accompany you, to pray with you, to help you hear the call of the Lord in your life so that you may be who He created you to be and, in doing so, set the world on fire! We welcome young men and women aged 16+ (If you are under 18, please contact us for a necessary permission form). Come and join us!
WESTMINSTER DIOCESE: SAMUEL GROUP
A discernment programme in Stamford Hill, North London, which runs from November-June for young adults in their 20s and 30s who are open to the Word of God and to putting it into practice. Eight monthly meetings ending with a retreat day, with personal spiritual guidance being available to participants alongside the programme. For more information on Samuel please click here.
Contact: Sister Agnes: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (in Central London) and the Easter Triduum (at Worth Abbey in West Sussex), 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.
Residential Opportunities for Discernment
ARUNDEL AND BRIGHTON DIOCESE: THE WELLSPRING COMMUNITY
The Wellspring Community offers young adults the opportunity to spend a year in mission and formation, receiving formation in prayer, the Catholic faith and Benedictine tradition, as well as support to discern their vocation, and many opportunities for service and mission work.
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.
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: email@example.com. For more information about the life and mission of the Wellspring Community please visit: www.wellspringbrighton.org.uk