Thursday, 31 March 2011

Vocation Voices Initiative with Fr Christopher Jamison

Fr Paul Turner, the Diocesan Vocations Director reports:

Fr Christopher Jamison
"I was delighted to hear that Fr Christopher Jamison had been appointed in September 2010 as Director of the National Office for Vocation. He will bring his great wealth of experience as former Abbot of Worth Abbey and head teacher of Worth Abbey School to the post. Fr Christopher is also well known for his work on television shows ‘The Monastery’ and ‘The Big Silence,’ in which he brought a greater insight for the public into monastic life and the need to promote a culture of vocations in the UK. These programmes allowed people to see a glimpse of what renouncing oneself to follow Christ really means, and how fulfilling the pursuit of a deeper personal relationship with God can be.
One of his first initiatives is that of Vocation Voices. This will be when young people, whether already seminarians for the Priesthood or enquirers to religious or those still discerning their vocation, speak in many of our churches in the Diocese on Good Shepherd Sunday, also known as Vocations Sunday, on the 15th May 2011.

The experience of the recent Papal Visit to the UK has shown the power of personal testimony and so the Vocation Voices will be a great witness to how God is calling young people to serve the mission of His Church.

In a recent letter to parish Priests Fr Christopher said:
“This coming year will see many opportunities for us all to promote the culture of vocation: preparing for World Youth Day, following up the 2010 Papal Visit and building on the recent increase in those joining seminaries and novitiates.”

We wish Fr Christopher well as Director for the National Office for Vocation and all young people who will be Vocation Voices in our diocese this Good Shepherd Sunday."

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