"I started “enquiring” into the Priesthood in 2008. I had regular meetings with Fr Paul, our Vocations Director, for almost a year. I met with him on a one-to-one basis as well as attending enquiry retreats with others. During this time I also attended the Compass Course at Worth Abbey, which is designed for young adults interested in discerning their vocations. Fr Paul and I decided that I should make an application for the Selection Conference which took place at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh in early 2009. The selection process was varied, at times challenging but very encouraging. The final stage of my discernment was my personal interview with Bishop Kieran, who asked me to spend a preparatory year in English College at Valladolid in Spain, before going on to the Seminary here in Rome.
By Stephen O’Brien – First Year Seminarian at Venerable English College, Rome