Male Only Discernment Groups
ARUNDEL AND BRIGHTON DIOCESE: ST JOHN VIANNEY GROUP
A group for men aged 18-50, who wish to explore whether they have a calling to the priesthood. The group meets on a Sunday (4pm – 7.30pm) every couple of months. The location of the meeting tends to change but we choose a parish with good rail links and alternate between Surrey and Sussex. For more details please contact Fr Con Foley.
Contact: Fr Con Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01932 842643
BIRMINGHAM ARCHDIOCESE: QUO VADIS
A discernment group for young men aged 16-35. Jesus first asks us to follow. To be present. To turn up. He will then guide us. He will teach and instruct us. He will show us the way to follow him, wherever and however that may be. But first, we must follow! For more information please visit www.vocations.org.uk.
Contact: Fr Michael Dolman at email@example.com or on 0121 321 5142
CLIFTON DIOCESE: ST JOHN VIANNEY GROUP
A discernment group for men over 18 considering a vocation to the priesthood, meeting every couple of months. For more information please click here.
Contact: Fr Matt Anscombe at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01275 833699
HEXHAM AND NEWCASTLE DIOCESE
Monthly enquirers’ evenings for those aged 16 and over interested in the priesthood, consisting of prayer, a priest’s testimony, meal and mutual friendship. For the dates of upcoming evenings please click here.
Location: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Clayton Street West, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5HH
Contact: Fr David Smith at email@example.com or on 0191 262 3882
A monthly vocations group for young men considering the priesthood, which has now become a regular event in the life of the diocese. Meeting on the first Saturday of every month from 10am-3pm. To be regularly updated on these meetings please ‘like’ the Archdiocese of Liverpool Vocations Facebook page.
Location: St Charles Borromeo, 224 Aigburth Road, Liverpool L17 9PG
Contact: Fr James Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0151 727 2493
PORTSMOUTH DIOCESE: VOCATION SEEKER GROUP
The vocation discernment group meets monthly at on the 1st Friday. It begins with eating a meal together, followed by a short reflection, and a period of prayer and Adoration. If you would like to attend please contact Fr John Cooke or Clare Ryan.
SOUTHWARK ARCHDIOCESE: GALILEE GROUPS
Three different discernment groups are taking place across the diocese: one in Balham (South West London), one in Lewisham (South East London) and another in Canterbury, for those who live further out into Kent. A monthly evening meeting of formation, prayer and fraternity.
Please visit the Southwark Vocations Facebook page for dates and more information on these groups.
This group meets regularly at Allen Hall in Central London for prayer and reflection, a talk, and a chance to talk to and get to know other men discerning a call to the diocesan priesthood. The group usually meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 6pm for Mass, followed by supper and a meeting. It ends by 9pm.
Location: Allen Hall Seminary, 28 Beaufort Street, Chelsea, London SW3 5AA
Contact: Canon Stuart Wilson at email@example.com or on 020 7349 5620
YOUNG SEEKERS’ GROUP
The Westminster Vocations Promotion Team has recently started this group aimed at young men in their late teens and early twenties, who will meet regularly and share their hopes and maybe their uncertainties about the call of the Lord. The meetings will take place at 6.45pm, usually on the last Thursday of the month.
Residential Opportunities for Discernment
VOCATIONS DISCERNMENT COMMUNITY (HAMMERSMITH, LONDON)
This one-year of personal and spiritual development and of discerning one’s own calling begins at the end of September each year (September – July). It is for men who will be working or studying in London but who would also like to look at the possibility of priesthood or religious life. The community is sponsored and run by the Augustinians but it is not geared to moving the members in any particular direction. It gives a flavour of the different options within the Church, with a variety of experiences and inputs.
It is quite a challenging year as the members continue their work or studies during the day, whilst in the evenings and weekends take part in the community activities. The aim is that by the end of the year the members will have a clearer idea of what their specific calling is (either priesthood, religious, lay consecrated or married life) and what it entails, and be enabled to make a more formal start in the direction they feel God is calling them.
Contact: Bro. Gladson Francesco Dabre OSA on 07865 664333 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERNSHIPS AT QUARR ABBEY (ISLE OF WIGHT)
Quarr Abbey is inviting applications from men between the age of 18 and 25 for a limited number of monastic internships. These will offer the successful candidates the possibility of living in the monastery for two months, following a way of life similar to that of the monks. During this time they will learn about the Benedictine tradition and have the opportunity to deepen their prayer and reflection on the Bible.
They will be expected to contribute by their work to the welfare of the monastery and in return will receive board, lodging, teaching and guidance. The hope is that, with God’s help, they will establish a lasting spiritual foundation for their lives.
Those interested in applying are asked to write to Fr Luke Bell at email@example.com.