Wednesday, 21 April 2010

World Day of Prayer for Priesthood and Consecrated Life

Fr Paul Turner, the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Vocations Director writes:

In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations on Good Shepherd Sunday (25 April) Pope Benedict adopts the theme of “Witness Awakens Vocations.” He writes “the witness of those who have answered the Lord’s call to the ministerial priesthood and to the consecrated life, awakens in others a desire to respond generously to Christ’s call.” This is a good time to value the witness of men and women who have ‘consecrated’ their lives for the mission of the church. Although there is an assumption that no one is being called to the religious or consecrated life I am fortunate to know that this is not true. The numbers are not what they were and maybe the presence of the ‘religious; is not so evident to most Catholics but our own diocese is blessed having a number of men and women called to the consecrated life.


Below is the story of one of them:
Bruno Clifton OP (pictured right) was solemnly professed as a Dominican on 16th September 2006 at Blackfriars in Oxford. Bruno’s vocation to religious life arose from a book called “The Catholic faith” by Richard Conrad OP. He was attracted to the friar’s dedication to the work preaching the gospel.. Having been to university Bruno appreciates the importance of answering the questions that people invariably have with regards to Christianity.

You can read aboutb this and other examples of vocation to the consecrated life in this next month's A&B News.

The forthcoming Invocation Prayer Festival (http://www.incoation.org.uk/) at Oscott college in Birmingham (2nd – 4th July) is an ideal way for young adults to discover their calling from the example of the priests and religious who will be leading the event. As Pope Benedict says “To imitate Christ, chaste, poor and obedient, and to identify with him: this is the ideal of the consecrated life, a witness to the absolute primacy of God in human life.”

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