I’m writing this after a long, enjoyable and stimulating day. Fr Daniel and I have been to Southwark Cathedral for the Society of Catholic Priests AGM. The whole day was entitled “Loves Labour,” and focussed on Catholic Vocation and Catholic Evangelism.
Concelebrated Mass in the cathedral began the day with about 60 men and women priests celebrating. What an very affirming and joyful occasion! Fr Andrew Nunn, Rector General of SCP and Dean of Southwark, was the principal celebrant, and he also preached setting the tone well for the rest of the day.
We heard from three distinct, interesting and stimulating speakers. Bishop Stephen Cotterill spoke on both vocation and evangelism with reference to people with whom he has worked and fostered a vocation.
Andrew Davison was our next speaker who spoke about the Good News of Jesus. What do we mean by such an expression – good as fantastic, good as morally wholesome, good as a remedy for bad? Similarly with News – news bulletins and newspapers differ from news as in gossip. We do have a gospel (good news) to proclaim – but we need to be clear about it.
Justine Chapman was our final speaker who spoke about fostering vocations. A challenging talk about adversity leading to resilience, the need to have experienced adversity and the healing power of the gospel to deliver it to others, and the sobering thought that it is often the good practice of a priest which makes others conscious of their vocation.
For the second time I have encountered SCP nationally and it has been very worthwhile.