Thursday, May 28, 2009

Southwark Vocations Endorsed By Holy See

His Excellency Monsignor Mauro Piacenza wrote recently to convey the compliments of the Congregation for the Clergy, of which he is Secretary, for our new diocesan Handbook for Parish Vocations Teams.

The Congregations writes that the Handbook:
"appears to have struck a healthy balance between the centrality of the universal vocation to holiness by virtue of our baptism and the indispensable vocations to priesthood and the consecrated life by which the Church worships God, proclaims the Gospel, and witnesses to the work of Grace in her members".

It particularly commends the handbook as a useful means of promoting Eucharistic Adoration and prayer for priests during the forthcoming Year of Priesthood:
"Indeed, the volume might serve as a useful resource within the apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration, fostering an awareness of the responsibility of every member of Christ's faithful to pray for and encourage vocations to the priesthood, and to faithfully understand its nature and place within the Church, particularly in view of the Year of the Priesthood recently announced by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI".

I am greatful to the Archbishop for such a strong endorsement of our new initiative and also to the Apostolic Nuncio who requested a number of copies to forward to Rome.


Jane Teresa said...

Congratulations, Father! Keep up the good work.

Ioannes Paulus said...

for those of us outside of the Southwark diocese - where might we get a copy??

Father Schnippel said...

I'm Vocation Director in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in the USA. How might I get a copy, if possible?

email: kschnippel (at) catholiccincinnati (dot) org

congrats on the great praise!

Fr Stephen said...

Thanks for all your comments. I will happily send complimentary copies to anyone who requests them. Just send me an email at

Don't forget to let me have your address!

Please keep this initiative in your prayers.
Fr Stephen