Monday, 11 April 2011

The Vocation of Women - A Diocesan Initiative

The Diocesan Vocations Director has passed on the following report:
The Womens’ Vocation Discernment Group is a new initiative in the diocese where a small group of women meet informally to share their vocation journeys. Some of who are discerning a vocation to the religious life

We begin with prayer and scripture reading, share food and discuss our faith. Although not all of us knew each other to begin with it immediately felt comfortable and easy to make new friends with such a diverse range of people there. Everyone has the opportunity to speak and it is fascinating to discover how others seek the Lord in their lives, so that the journey remains a personal one but there is also the joy of companionship.

Formation and prayer are important, so we always begin with a prayer and scripture reading; we also have guest speakers to talk about different topics related to vocation discernment.. We have also been privileged to have guest speakers from the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph who were able to talk about the three Evangelical Counsels - that is, the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience - in an in-depth way so that we may further understand the nature and practicality of religious life.

We are led by Fr Paul Turner, the diocesan Vocation Director, who also provides individual spiritual direction to some of the group members. The group is always seeking new members and we are available as a Facebook group, so if you think you may be interested to join then please do not hesitate to contact us: vocations@dabnet.org or 01293 603 773

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