Thursday, 17 September 2009

To Praise, To Bless, To Preach

At the weekend I was in a very sunny Dublin for the final profession of a Dominican sister and friend of mine, Sr. Susie O'Rawe. It was a wonderfully occasion as Susie after many years searching and discernment knew she had finally found the vocation to which God was calling her. She now starts her ministry in earnest as a School Chaplain living with a community of 5 other Dominican sisters in Dublin.
(Picture shows Sr. Susie centre with my wife and me)

We are all called to respond to God's plan for us whatever that might be. This diocese through the Vocations Team organising a day called 'God's Plan 4 U'. It is a day to reflect on what your vocation might be and how you can be part of the Church's mission to the world. To find out more and to print out a poster for it click here.

In the Year for Priests there is a real focus on priestly vocation on the Diocesan Vocations Website but this is not to forget the other vocations to religious, diaconate, married life and lay ministry. To help young people in this search there are also two vocations group that meet monthly in the diocese in Crawley and Woking under the aptly named title of the 'Samuel Groups'. Again information can be found on the Vocations Website.

The Dominicans sisters have the motto 'To Praise, To Bless, To Preach'. This is probably a motto all Christians could adopt whatever their vocation.

There was a very interesting discussion on this morning BBC Radio 4 on 'In Our Time' with Melvyn Bragg, on one of the most famous Dominican son, St Thomas Aquinas which is well worth listening to on BBC iPlayer. To find out more about the Dominicans in the UK why not visit their new website http://english.op.org

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