Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Invocation 2011 - A Festival of Vocations

The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Vocations Director reports:

Invocation participants at prayer in the chapel
"Invocation 2011, the second national Vocations Discernment weekend for young adults took place at St Mary’s College, Oscott recently. 250 young people aged 16-35 attended Invocation this weekend to deepen their faith and hear God's call. All the young adults were looking to deepen their relationship with Christ and the tools to develop their own personal formation, discernment and understanding of God’s will for their lives. Many of them were enquirers to the vocations to the priesthood or religious life.

The evemt was hosted by the seminary and organised by the Birminghan vocations office. Their hospitality and preparation provdided a wonderful setting for the young adults to have the time and space and enjoy conversation the with priests and religious. The funding was provided by donations from the diocese religious orders and many groups withint the church. I would like to express my gratitude to the Catenians within our own diocese who gerously provided £1000 towards costs.

At the hear to the weekend wwas the worship in the beautiful seminary chapel and an inspring late night procession of the Blessed Sacrament. A number of the young adults have provided testimonies of their experience on the Invocation blog site http://invocation2011.wordpress.com/. Among the young adults from our own diocese was Christopher Emms who wrote; “Invocation was incredibly helpful in discerning my vocation, helping young people such as myself face up to the reality that Christ may be calling me to spend my life with him. We are all called to a unique calling and I would recommend Invocation to anyone who is trying to find out exactly what that is.”

Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Delegate to Great Britain, celebrated the concluding Mass. The archbishop said in his homily, “When God calls us by name and asks us to follow him, he offers us true freedom, (to be) loved and trusted enough to be his workers in the world.” The work of vocations ministry in our country is bearing fruit because young adults are being the opportunity to discover Gods call through Invocation and many others initiatives."

For more on Vocations in the diocese go to http://www.dabnet.org/ and follow the links. Look out for the Discover Priesthood Day

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