Is God calling you to ministry in the Church? Think and pray about it!
That’s just what a group of people from all over England (and Holland) did a few days ago at the Vocations Weekend organised by the Society of Catholic Priests and St Chrysostom’s. It was a great time together, and included prayer, discussion of shoes, visiting churches, making friends, laughter, talk, Mass, curry, Benediction and the Regina Coeli! Here are words from four different people who attended:
Truly inspirational, hearing people stories and seeing some wonderful parishes and the work that is being done there. …
I have come away from the weekend challenged, wanting to deepen my study and through the weekend had my calling reaffirmed.
I’ve come away with a lot to explore and think about
and a longer comment from Sibylle:
“I can’t recommend this weekend too highly to anyone going through a discernment process for ordination. This was my first experience of being with others in the same situation, and the opportunity to share information, friendship, prayer has been invaluable. I was worried that being one of the ‘more mature’ members of the group would feel difficult but everyone was so friendly and truly inclusive that it really didn’t matter – the diversity of the group members and the churches we visited was living proof of the CofE being a broad church! My own church’s tradition is very different from SCP and Liberal Catholicism, yet I felt very much at home with the liturgies, and very moved and strengthened by Benediction. The laying on of hands and being prayed for was a very special experience. I shall be looking out for SCP parishes in London and see whether I can join for morning and evening prayer.
The weekend was challenging yet affirming, and I left feeling on a real high with much to process. The journey will continue – but now in the company of friends I made over the weekend. Thank you to you all, and a big thanks to all who helped with the organisation. A job very well done!”
Thank you to all for their comments. If you are reading this and thinking you may have a calling to priesthood look out for the 2017 SCP Manchester Vocations weekend!