The European Vocations Service, (EVS), part of the Conference of Bishops of Europe, met in Rome from the 4th – 7th June. We discussed how best to implement the outcomes of the recent synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, and were privileged to meet Pope Francis on the penultimate day.

Pope Francis welcomed us all warmly and gave us his prepared speech… and proceeded to address us with an impromptu message. Pope Francis believes that the Holy Spirit still calls people to lives of special consecration, and we should courageously cast out the nets, but always in the context of the wider Christian calling. You can read the full message (both impromptu and prepared) here.

We were about 50 delegates from 22 European countries in all, meeting for 4 days of sharing, prayer and input from various speakers, including the topics of male vocations, female vocations, vocation to marriage and vocation to single life.