A residential programme building on ‘seeking wholeness’ is taking place for Leaders, Leadership Teams, Formators, Community and Pastoral Leaders from 18th September – 3rd October at the Cold Ash Centre of Franciscan Spirituality in Thatcham. For more details please click here.
This Sunday (12th May) is the Day of Prayer for Vocations. This day flows from the broader culture of vocation, and is when the universal Church asks the Lord to send more labourers to the harvest.
Please visit our Vocations Sunday Page to view resources that can be used in your parish, school or community.
To read Pope Francis’s message for Vocations Sunday please click here.
Sister Katrina Alton will celebrate her profession of final vows as a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace (CSJP) at Sacred Heart Church in Carlton, Nottingham on Saturday, 4 May 2019. The ceremony will be streamed live at 2.45pm on the CSJP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sistersstjosephofpeace/
This is the first final profession for these sisters in the UK in over 30 Years, and the first live stream of final vows. Why not tune in to the ceremony, and keep Sister Katrina in your prayers as she makes this special commitment to dedicate the rest of her life in service to God and the Church.
By Sr Elaine Penrice (NOV Religious Life Promoter)
Members of religious congregations from all over the UK came together in March for a conference in Liverpool which was inspired by Pope Francis and the book of an interview with him, “God is Young.”
Some one hundred participants came from Scotland, Ireland and England & Wales in a collaborative gathering, with the conference being the first time the offices of vocation in the respective countries had organised such an event. It was a great success!
The Vatican has brought out a document called Christus Vivit (“Christ is Alive”) addressed to young people, the result of the Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment last year. In this letter, the Pope encourages young people to grow in holiness by seeking friendship with Jesus, and he provides guidance on how they can discern their vocation. The Pope also addresses the Church as a whole, reminding of the youthfulness the Church should embody, as well as the importance of listening to young people. Please click here to read the document. The printed document is available to order from www.ctsbooks.org/christus-vivit.
“The Strength of a Vocation: Consecrated Life Today” is an excellent book for religious to read. In this interview with Pope Francis, Spanish Claretian Fernando Prado draws out the Pope’s thoughts and reflections on the call to live out consecrated life today with an ever-new vitality.
The interview gives insight into the dynamic path of a consecrated vocation. It gives compelling reflections on the Church’s witness and outward reach, reveals the power of consecrated life in the Catholic Church, and shows care for the spiritual good of religious men and women who accept a consecrated vocation. To order your copy, please click here.