Thursday, July 27, 2006

Southwark's New Men

I had a call last night from Mgr Bill Saunders, the vocations director, confirming the final numbers of students who will start their training for the priesthood this autumn. We ask you to keep them in your prayers.
This year we are sending three men: Sam, Tom and William to the English College in Valladolid, Spain. This historical college has specialised in recent years in offering a pre-seminary year to students. More and more dioceses are making use of the College in Valladolid and all the students who go there speak enthusiastically about the formation they receive.
We are aslo sending five men to St John's, the diocesan seminary at Wonersh in Surrey. Stephen, Kurt, Ola, Jason, and Johnathon will all start there in September. St John's is also receiving a new Rector: we send our best wishes to Mgr Jeremy Garratt as he takes up his new appointment and assure him of our prayers.

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