Tuesday, 11 November 2008

You are a Priest Forever

This will be the only entry this week on the blog as I will be joining four friends on Wednesday who are all celebrating 20 years of priesthood. A fifth is unable to attend as he has just become an American citizen and he not yet got the official permission to travel. In an age when impermance and perserverance seems the norm it is encouraging that these five have each served the Lord in twenty years of priesthood. They are certainly an inspiration to me in my marriage and diaconate.

Then as now the Lord continues to call people to realize their vocations to the priesthood, religous life, diaconate and other forms of life. Individuals just need to hear and listen to the call and we as a Church need to promote vocations to all including the priesthood. It is good news that the Bishops' Conference has raised additional funds of £8 million of which some will be supporting the ongoing and expanding work of the National Office for Vocations.

In our own diocese we recently held a Discovering Priesthood Day jointly with Southwark Archdiocese when a number of young men from both dioceses meet to get an idea about life in seminary but more importantly about priestly life. In the picture our Vocations Director Fr Paul Turner is shown next to those who joined them for the day. For more information about the day then visit the Southwark Vocations Blog and our own Arundel & Brighton Vocations Website.

This is not to forget other vocations including married life, religious life and the diaconate and so on which also feature on the National Vocations website. Some such as married life has also received funding from the Bishops' Conference.

'God’s grace has been revealed, and it has made salvation possible for the whole human race and taught us that what we have to do is to give up everything that does not lead to God, and all our worldly ambitions'
(Titus 2)

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