Saturday, June 23, 2007

Discovering Priesthood Day

Today I was in the parish of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Blackfen, for our termly Discovering Priesthood Day. Our numbers were lower than usual partly because many youngsters are still in exam mode, and partly perhaps because the parish is a little more difficult to reach than some. We try to hold these days in different parts of the diocese in order to reach as many young people as possible and I was very pleased today to meet a young lad from a parish near Blackfen whom we might not otherwise have met.

Our host for the day was Fr Tim Finigan who is parish priest in Blackfen. Fr Tim is also a part time lecturer in theology at the diocesan seminary so it was good for him to meet the youngsters. He gave an excellent talk on the building blocks of Christian life and provided a very welcome lunch.

Bishop Pat Lynch was our host bishop. Bishop Lynch preached a very warm and encouraging sermon on devotion to Our Lady. He spoke of his experience working with people from Ecuador who, unable to go to their earthly mothers in times of hardship, had a great and manifest devotion to the Mother of God. In the course of the day he took questions on all sorts of subjects from liturgy to moral theology, so much so that we spared him the 'bishop on the hotseat' slot - since he had effectively been on the hotseat all day!

The photo shows a picture of the group with Bishop Pat on the left and Fr Tim on the right. I'm very grateful to Bishop Pat and Fr Tim for their support and also to all the priests who advertised the event or mentioned it to their youngsters. Our numbers may have been down but it was nonetheless a very fruitful day.

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