On Saturday we had another 'Discovering Priesthood Day' at St John's Seminary, Wonersh. The idea of the day is to give young men a chance to visit the seminary, meet some of the seminarians and reflect on the nature of a call to priesthood. The day is organised jointly by Southwark and Arundel and Brighton. Fr Paul Turner the A&B vocations director is pictured here alongside those who joined us for the day.
Our Discovering Priesthood Days incorporate a number of different elements. After an initial introduction and tour of the Seminary, we celebrate Holy Mass together in the College Chapel. Towards the end of the day we gather again in the Chapel for a period of silent prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. Benediction was given by Fr Aaron Spinelli, the most recently ordained priest of the Arundel and Brighton Diocese. After Benediction we observed a seminary custom and processed to the Lady Chapel for the singing of the Salve Regina. The Chapel is dedicated to Our Lady, Queen of Clergy:
In the morning one of the seminarians, John Watts, spoke about his discernment process. John began his seminary training when he was nineteen and he encouraged those present not to be scared of applying young if they thought that was the right thing to do.
Unfortunately it rained heavily all day and so we decided to call off the post-prandial football, retiring instead to the student common room, known as 'The Dive', where the more energetic played table-tennis, while others put to good use both the dartboard and the snooker tables.