Sister Elaine Penrice has been appointed as Director of the National Office of Vocation. Bishop Terence Drainey, Chair of the Management Board of the National Office for Vocation, said he was delighted to be able to announce the appointment.

“I have worked with Sr Elaine in her role as Religious Life Promoter and as the acting Director of the National Office for Vocations over the last few years and I am sure she will continue her innovative work into the future.”

Sr Elaine said: “It is both exciting and challenging to be the first woman to take up the position of Director of the National Office for Vocation and I thank the Bishops’ Conference for their support and confidence in me.

“In the three years since I began working with NOV as the Religious Life Promoter, I have very much enjoyed being able to support both enquirers and vocations directors and I look forward to developing the work of the office to meet the needs of the Church in England and Wales.

“To embrace one’s vocation is the road to profound peace. It colours everything in our life. Whether we are called to religious life, holy orders, marriage, or single discipleship, the Church needs us all to witness to “the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ” (Col. 1:27).”

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