Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Vocations Retreat

We had an excellent Vocations Retreat at St John's, the diocesan seminary, last weekend and I'd like to thank all those who remembered to keep it in their prayers. In all twenty-three young men joined the college community. I was very grateful to the seminary bursar who managed to squeeze us all in, and also to the six participants who agreed to double up and share rooms. Everything went really smoothly and the retreatants were particularly grateful for the opportunity to join the seminary community for the Liturgy of the Hours and the celebration of Holy Mass. The seminarians were very attentive to all of us and made us very welcome. I was pleased to note that many of them had themselves attended similar retreats in the past.
I am confident that the weekend was very helpful in the discernment process of those who joined us and I know that a number have been confirmed in their sense of being called to serve God's people as priests. In fact four of those present will be among the seven men applying for the Archdiocese of Southwark this year.

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