Thursday, October 26, 2006

Applying for the Priesthood

At what point in his university career does a student seriously start thinking about the future? In my experience the asnwer is often 'as late as possible'! Careers' Fairs are a typical part of the last year of university life as big firms seek to entice the brightest graduates into their companies. But there is something about one's last year, and not just the prospect of Finals, that means we don't really like looking to the future. "Who will give all the parties?" asks one of the cast in 'Salad Days', receiving the rueful reply, "There won't be any parties!".

Why do I mention this? It's because the selection process for diocesan priesthood takes time. There is an old saying: "Last in. First out". There are very few dioceses that would take an unknown candidate at the last minute. Apart from this, there are various forms to be filled in, references and baptismal certificates to be gathered, medical checks and the annual conference of the Selection Advisory Committee.

This year the process will be overseen by Fr Stephen Langridge, the new Vocations Director. It would be important to start processing applications as soon as possible. For more information please contact him by clicking here.

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