Monday, May 13, 2013

Excellent Vocations Guide Coming Soon


When I was in St Paul's Minnesota earlier this year I noticed that every young man I met who was considering priesthood had read - and in most cases owned a copy of - Fr Brett Brannen's book "To Save a Thousand Souls" which is subtitled "A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood". I am, therefore, very pleased to publish the news that a special edition of this excellent vademecum for discerners will soon be available for readers in England and Wales as well as Scotland and Ireland.

This new international edition of the book will be available from CTS. It contains all the helpful insights of the original but omits simply those things that pertain specifically to the North American context. Unlike the original, it will contain a special appendix containing the useful text of the Melchizedek Project which breaks the book down into chunks for group reading and reflection as part of a discernment group. This makes it easier to use the book in parish, deanery and university discernment groups but also by groups of friends who want to get together to support each other much as groups have already been formed to study YouCat.

Fr Brannen, the author, has experience both as a Vocations Director and a seminary Vice-Rector which shines through every page of the book. It's publication for a British audience has been welcomed by Archbishop Vincent Nichols who commends it to readers: "Are you considering a vocation to the Catholic priesthood? If so, this book will be of immense help to you". Archbishop Bernard Longley has also endorsed it with the words: "I hope that everyone seeking to discover the Lord's will for his life will find in these pages both encouragement and inspiration".

Do make sure you order your copy!

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