Monday, 6 December 2010

Fostering Vocations to the Priesthood in Arundel & Brighton

Discovering Priesthood Day

Vocations Directors and Participants
Eighteen young men attended the “Discovering Priesthood Day” at St Johns Seminary in November. During his visit to our country Pope Benedict said “May many young men in this land find the strength to answer the Master’s call to the ministerial priesthood, devoting their lives, their energy and their talents to God”. The day at Wonersh is one just one example of how young men are having the courage to encounter Christ’s call to the priesthood.

The enquirers came from the dioceses of Arundel and Brighton, Southwark and Portsmouth to spend the day of prayer, talks, and discussion with the seminarians and diocesan vocation directors. A number of the enquirers will be applying to start seminary formation in 2011 but most were there to find out more about the priesthood and to learn from the faith and vocation of the students at Wonersh. Many of the current body of seminarians had attended similar days themselves and, therefore, were very generous and inspiring hosts to their visitors.

Five of the young men were from our own diocese and I hope that others will take the opportunity to attend vocation events in the future. In 2011 we will be running a series of Enquiry Evenings, Discovery Days (for 14 – 18 years old men) and a vocations weekend retreat at the seminary in March. For further details please contact Fr Paul Turner (Diocesan Vocations Director) on 01293 603773 or pdturner39@yahoo.co.uk

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