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  • 2017
    • 60 Years of Religious Life60 Years of Religious Life

      Sister Sarah Smith, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St Mary of Namur celebrated 60 years of religious life on Sunday 19th August 2017 at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Harrow on the Hill. Sister Sarah has spent most o...

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    • Called to Serve in Lourdes

      There has been a long tradition in our diocese of seminarians going on the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. The 2017 pilgrimage proved to be an extra special one. This was due to many things but above all else it was the wonderful atmosphere that fil...

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    • Seven Men Ordained to Priesthood

      Cardinal Vincent ordained seven men to the priesthood at Westminster Cathedral on the Nativity of St John the Baptist, 24 The seven men ordained are Rev Julio Albornoz, Rev Michael Jarmulowicz, Rev Michael Maguire, Rev Brian McMahon, Rev Joseph...

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    • Bishop Paul urges new deacons to be Christ’s companions in prayer

      On Saturday 10 Patrick Allsop, Allan Alvarado Gil, Mark Dunglinson, Daniel Herrero, Rajiv Michael and Jon Stogdon were ordained for the Diocese of Westminster with Robert James being ordained for Cardiff and Jonathan Whitby-Smith for Nottingham....

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    • ‘Yes’ to the Lord’s Calling

      On 31st May, the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady, Bishop Nicholas officiated the Solemn Profession of Sr Maria of the Resurrection. Sr Maria, who joined the Carmelite order in Notting Hill, was surrounded by family who had come over from the P...

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    • Two instituted to Ministry of Reader

      Bishop John Sherrington instituted two men to the Ministry of Reader at Allen Hall Seminary on Saturday, 11 In the homily, Bishop John invited the men to follow the example of the Lord: ' Just as Jesus offered himself continually in prayer and...

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  • 2016
    • Eight Men Accepted as Candidates for Permanent DiaconateEight Men Accepted as Candidates for Permanent Diaconate

      On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 18 December 2016, eight men were accepted as candidates for formation for the permanent diaconate during the Ceremony of Candidacy, which took place at St Bartholomew's Church, St Albans. The ceremony took place du...

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    • Cardinal Cormac Reflects on 60 Years of Priesthood

      On 28 October 2016, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor celebrated the diamond jubilee of his priestly ordination. On the occasion of this milestone, the Cardinal took time to talk about his family, his vocation and some of the highlights of his min...

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    • New Hospital Chaplain Commissioned

      On 5 October Deacon Anthony Curran was commissioned as the Catholic chaplain at Lister Hospital, Stevenage, by Bishop Paul McAleenan for the diocese and Carolyn Fowler, Deputy Director of Nursing, for the Trust. The lead chaplain, Rev Rachel Allan...

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    • ‘God is the Source of Every Vocation’

      On 20 October 2016 the Cardinal addressed the International Congress on the Pastoral Care of Vocations in Rome on the Church’s teaching on vocations. He explained that ‘God is the source of every vocation’. ‘In this Year of Mercy,’ he sa...

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    • Permanent Deacons Celebrate Year of Mercy

      Permanent deacons from across England and Wales and their families gathered at Westminster Cathedral on 24 September for a Jubilee of Mercy Mass. The Mass, celebrated by Cardinal Vincent, was an opportunity to give thanks for our deacons and the v...

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    • Six New Priests for the Diocese

      On Saturday 25 June, six men were ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Vincent at Westminster Cathedral. Concelebrating were Bishops John Sherrington, Nicholas Hudson and Mark Jabale, along with several priests of the diocese. Ordained were F...

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    • Four New Deacons Ordained

      On the feast of St Barnabas, 11 June, Julio Albornoz, Michael Maguire, Joseph Okoro and Carlos Quito, who have been training at Allen Hall Seminary were ordained deacons by Bishop Nicholas at the Cathedral.  In the homily, directly ahead of th...

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    • Candidacy Celebrated at Allen Hall

      On Saturday 28 May,six men in formation at Allen Hall Seminary were admitted as Candidates for Holy by Archbishop George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, at a Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary Queen and Mother of Mercy. The men admitted to Candidacy...

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    • Following Our Lady to Her Son

      On Sunday 8 May pilgrims from across the diocese gathered at the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden for the annual May street procession. Starting from the Shrine Church, they prayed the Rosary and sang Marian hymns as they made their way through the...

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    • Pope Francis' Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations

        It is my great hope that, during the course of this  Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, all the baptized may experience the joy of belonging to the Church and rediscover that the Christian vocation, just like every particular vocation, is born...

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    • Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood

      God our Father, You give us the Sacraments as signs and instruments of your love and mercy. Draw from amongst your disciples in the Diocese of Westminster men who are willing to generously serve your Church as priests, to minister to your people...

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    • Seminarians Instituted to the Office of Lector at Allen Hall

      On Saturday 5 March, six seminarians were instituted to the Office of Lector at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes at Allen Hall. Julio Albornoz, Daniel Herrero, David Knight and Carlos Quito, who are in formation for priesthood for the dioces...

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    • Fr Michael Lambert Celebrates Golden Jubilee

      The start of March will see the golden anniversary for Fr Michael Lambert of the Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew Church in Hitchin as he celebrates his 50th year as an ordained priest. Parishioners will be gathering for a weekend of celebrations...

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    • Celebrating the Closing of the Year of Consecrated Life

      On the Feast of the Presentation, 2 February 2016, Cardinal Vincent celebrated the annual Mass for Consecrated Life. This celebration, however, 

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  • 2015
    • Diaconate Ordinations Celebrated at Allen HallDiaconate Ordinations Celebrated at Allen Hall

      On Saturday 21 November Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth visited Allen Hall seminary to ordain two candidates to the Diaconate. John Scott was ordained for service here in Westminster, and alongside him was Ross Bullock, who will serve in Bishop P...

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    • Advent Mission at Soho Square

      The As part of the mission, some of the sisters will be giving a talk about their particular charism and vocation on Wednesday 9th December at 7pm in the Parish Centre. This is a talk for any women who might be interested in learning more ab...

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    • Seminarians Receive Ministry of Acolyte at Allen Hall

      On Saturday 17 October, Bishop Marcus Stock of Leeds celebrated Mass at Allen Hall Seminary for the institution of the Ministry of Acolyte. In total, seven seminarians received this ministry, including four for the Diocese of Westminster: Mike Mag...

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    • 'Ministering Mercy' Retreat Day for Men Discerning the Priesthood

      'Ministering Mercy' is a 'Come and See' retreat day on Saturday 24 October at Allen Hall seminary for men (aged 18+) discerning a calling to the priesthood. As we look forward to the Year of Mercy, this retreat will offer a chance to reflect on...

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    • In the Footsteps of St John Fisher

      On 4 September, seminarians and deacons from the diocese broke their  long eastward journey to Walsingham at Cambridge, where they walked in  the steps of St John Fisher. At Fisher House, the Catholic Chaplaincy,  they heard during Mass how Jo...

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    • Deacon Guido Amari ordained for the Diocese

      The Ordination Mass was celebrated by the Right Rev. John Arnold, Bishop of Salford and former Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. Speaking after the ordination Deacon Guido said: ‘The Ordination was a powerful experience after all these years of ...

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    • Mgr Miles marks 65 Years of Priesthood

      Cardinal Vincent was the principal celebrant at the Thanksgiving Mass for Mgr Freddie in the Chapel at St Peter’s Residence in Vauxhall. Reflecting in his homily on the momentous occasion of this Blue Sapphire Jubilee, the Cardinal said that onl...

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    • Three Men Conferred with the Ministry of Lector

      Bishop John Sherrington conferred the Ministry of Lector on three men in formation for the permanent diaconate at a Mass at Our Lady and St Michael’s, Garston, on 12 July. The three men are Paul Quinn from Garston, a school governor, Liam Lynch,...

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    • Mass of Thanksgiving for Religious at Kentish Town

      A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on Saturday June 15th in Kentish Town in the parish church of Our Lady Help of Christians on Saturday 20th June. This Mass was offered to the Lord in thanksgiving for the prayers and work of the deceased ...

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    • Mass of Thanksgiving for the Dominican Sisters at Hemel Hempstead

      On Saturday 27 June Hemel Hempstead parishioners came together in the Church of St Mary and St Joseph to celebrate the work of the local Dominican Sisters through 60 years of their presence in the Convent in Boxmoor. Parishioners were joined by m...

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    • Ordination at Ealing Abbey

      On 4 July 2015, Cardinal Vincent ordained Dom Ambrose McCambridge OSB to the priesthood at Ealing Abbey. In his homily, Cardinal Vincent said to Dom Ambrose that he is 'called to continue this great tradition of monastic evangelisation, to cont...

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    • Five Men Ordained Priests

      On Saturday, 27 June, the feast of St John Southworth, five men were ordained priests for the diocese by Cardinal Vincent. The five ordained were Rev Bill Bowder, Rev David Burke, Rev Cyril Chiaha, Rev Daniel Humphreys and Rev David Lucuy. Also...

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    • Vocations Discernment Group: Year of Consecrated Life

      Pope Francis has declared 2015 a year dedicated to the celebration and promotion of consecrated life in the Church. Here in Westminster Diocese, we are marking The Year for Consecrated Life by dedicating our monthly Vocations Discernment Group ...

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    • Tom Montgomery Ordained to the Diaconate in Rome

      ‘I was so conscious during the ordination of being carried in the prayers of friends and family. It was a real opportunity for me to give thanks to God for all of the graces He has given to me on what has been a long journey to this moment of or...

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    • Five Men Ordained to the Diaconate

      Saturday 13th June, the Feast of St Anthony of Padua, saw the ordination of five men to the diaconate by Bishop John Sherrington. Christian de Lisle, Damian Ryan, Tony Thomas and Chinedu Udo were ordained for Westminster Diocese, while Daniel Palm...

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    • Cardinal Vincent on Vocation and being a Missionary Disciple

      I n this video, Cardinal Vincent talks about his call to missionary discipleship and priesthood: 

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    • Priests of the Diocese Celebrate Silver and Golden Anniversaries of Ordination

      Nine priests from the Diocese of Westminster celebrating Silver and Golden anniversaries of their Ordination from the Diocese of Westminster were invited to Archbishop’s House for Mass and lunch with Cardinal Vincent, Bishops John and Nicholas a...

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    • Six Seminarians Admitted to Candidacy at Allen Hall

      On Saturday 30 May three seminarians were admitted to Candidacy at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Nicholas at Allen Hall. Joseph Okoro, John Scott, and Michael Maguire were admitted as candidates for Ordination in the Diocese of Westminster and Julio...

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    • Allen Hall Seminary News

      Read the Easter edition of Allen Hall Seminary News.

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    • New Videos about Priestly Vocations

      In time for Good Shepherd Sunday, three new vocations videos have been released. In this video, Cardinal Vincent talks about his call to missionary discipleship and priesthood.    In the following video, Cardinal Vincent, Vocations Dire...

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    • Allen Hall Seminary News

      Read the Easter edition of Allen Hall Seminary News.

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    • Seminarians Instituted to Ministry of Lector

      On Saturday 14 March, three seminarians, Mark Dunglinson and Mauro Iannicelli from Westminster Diocese and Laurence Bryce from Cardiff Diocese, were instituted to the ministry of Lector by Bishop Nicholas at Allen Hall. The Ministry of Lector (...

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    • St Thomas More Hosts Vocations Conference

      The event held in the College on Wednesday 4 March saw the normal timetable collapsed to allow the whole school community to participate in this special one day event. The day began with a keynote address delivered by Fr Stephen Langridge, the Vo...

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    • Nun Run and Monastery Marathon

      On a chilly Saturday morning on 31 January, 28 students gathered at Newman House, the University Chaplaincy, to begin a pilgrimage around London visiting members of religious communities in the Diocese. The first stop was a visit to the Carmelite...

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    • Solemn Profession of a Poor Clare

      On Sunday 1 February 2015, Sr Martina Teresa of Our Lady Queen of Peace made her Solemn Profession at the Poor Clare Monastery in Arkley, Barnet. The ceremony took place during Mass which was celebrated by Cardinal Vincent at the monastery and ...

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    • Two New Deacons Ordained for the Diocese

      Saturday 17 January was a day of celebration at Allen Hall, the diocesan seminary, as three new deacons in formation were ordained by Bishop Nicholas. William Bowder and Daniel Humphreys were ordained for service in the Diocese and Laurence Mduduz...

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  • 2014
    • Westminster and Northampton Dioceses Prepare for Year of Consecrated LifeWestminster and Northampton Dioceses Prepare for Year of Consecrated Life

      On Saturday 15 November fifty Religious from various Congregations and from Westminster and Northampton Dioceses assembled at the Niland Centre to prepare for the celebration of the ‘Year of Consecrated Life’.

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    • Vocations Discernment Group: Year for Consecrated Life

      Pope Francis has declared that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the celebration and promotion of consecrated life in the Church. This “Year of Consecrated Life” actually begins on 30th November 2014 and ends on February 2nd 2016, the annual...

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    • Sisters of St Joseph of Peace elect new leadership

      The Sisters of St Joseph of Peace, an international Catholic community of vowed women religious, elected new leadership during the 22nd Congregation Chapter meeting held between 5 and 16 September, in Seattle, Washington. Sister Sheila Lemieux ...

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    • Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life in Milleret House

      Over 150 years ago Cardinal Wiseman invited the Religious of the Assumption to establish a house of adoration in the Diocese of Westminster. Maria Assumpta Chapel in Kensington Square is the continuing legacy of Cardinal Wiseman’s request; each ...

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    • Samuel Groups

      A new series of Samuel Groups will begin in London in Advent 2012. These discernment groups are for young adults (18-30s) who are open to listening to the Word of God and putting it into practice in their lives.

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    • Permanent Deacons Renew Ordination Vows

      The Deacons promised again to be faithful in their service to the Church and to the priests and bishops to help them in their parish communities. In his homily, Cardinal Vincent reflected on the psalm of the Mass, which spoke of the soul yearni...

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    • The Martyrs of Douai

      The Martyrs of Douai were a group of men who trained for the priesthood at Douai College during the English Reformation and were executed on their return to England for preaching the Catholic faith. Operating as a Roman Catholic priest during the ...

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    • From stone tablets to tablet devices: The Daughters of St Paul

      It seems to be hard-wired into human nature: from papyrus scrolls and scratchings on clay tablets to posts on Facebook, people keep creating new and ingenious ways to communicate. At the heart of communication is not the transmission of a message ...

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    • St Teresa of Avila 500th Anniversary Opening Mass

      Members of the Carmelite family from across Britain gathered in Kensington Priory on 15 October to open a year of celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila. More than 600 guests, including the Spanish Ambassado...

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    • Mercy Sisters: 50 Years of Service Celebration

      On Saturday 11 October two Mercy Sisters were honoured with a special Mass and party by the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Kensal New Town, to celebrate their 50 years of ministry within the parish. Sr Margarita Cunningham and Sr Angela Mo...

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    • 'Tyburn Tree' Memorial Renewed

      For more than 200 years the huge three-sided gallows known as the ‘Tyburn Tree’ stood near the present-day Marble Arch. It was a notorious instrument of mass execution, upon which more than 1000 people met their deaths, including 105 beatified...

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    • Seminarians Receive the Ministry of Acolyte

      On the Feast of St Luke, 18 October 2014, Bishop John Sherrington conferred the ministry of acolyte on three seminarians, Joseph Okoro, Damian Ryan, and Tony Thomas, during Mass at Allen Hall, the Diocesan seminary. Dating back to ancient times...

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    • 'Come and See' Day at Allen Hall

      There will be a "Come and See" day held at Allen Hall seminary on 25 October 2014.  This retreat day at Allen Hall seminary is for men (aged 18+) who are discerning a possible calling to the priesthood. The theme of the day is "The Priest as W...

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    • Vocations Discernment Group meetings dedicated to 'Year of Consecrated Life'

      The ‘Year of Consecrated Life’ announced by the Pope earlier this year will begin on 30 November and end on 2 February 2016, the annual World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. The Pope is asking the Church’s religious sisters, brothers and...

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    • Year of Consecrated Life Mass

      Pope Francis has announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to Consecrated Life. Beginning on 30 November and continuing until 2 February 2016, this will serve as an opportunity for all to celebrate and reflect on those living out the witness of...

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    • Vocations Discernment Group

      The Vocations Discernment Group for young adults (18-30’s) begins again with “The Year of Consecrated Life” – an invitation to deeper discipleship for us all”  with Fr Richard Nesbitt on Friday 26 September 7-9pm in the Hinsley Room, Mo...

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    • Vocation Discernment Group: Exploring Evangelii Gaudium

      Our programme for January to June 2014 is a series of reflections on the message and mission of Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. We will look, chapter by chapter, at how our vocational journey can be informed and inspi...

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    • Three New Deacons Ordained at Westminster Cathedral

      On 14 June 2014, Bishop John Arnold ordained three men to the diaconate at Westminster Cathedral. Cyril Chiahada and David Lucuy were ordained for the Diocese of Westminster, while Kevin Athaide was ordained for the Diocese of Northampton. In ....

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    • The Joy of Priesthood – Retreat Day

      The Joy of Priesthood – Retreat day at Allen Hall seminary for men (18+) who are discerning a possible calling to the priesthood. Saturday 10th May 2014. The day will offer a chance to reflect on Pope Francis’ vision of the priesthood,...

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    • The Vocation of Man & Woman Retreat Day: 17 May

      "If we don't know who we are, how can we know who we're called to become?" A retreat day exploring the vocation of Man and Woman at St Mary of the Angels, Bayswater, Saturday 17th May 10am – 4.30pm. A contemplative and interactive day for me...

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    • Jesuit Joy: Two Jesuit Deacons reflect on their calling

      Cardinal Vincent Nichols ordained on Saturday 1 March nine Jesuits as deacons, in one of the first major ceremonies he has presided at since being created a Cardinal by Pope Francis. For the past three years the new deacons have been studying at H...

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    • Archbishop Ordains Fr Shaun Richards as Priest

      On 25 January Fr Shaun Richards was ordained a Priest in the Diocese of Westminster by the Most Rev. Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, at Our Lady of Victories Church, Kensington. Fr Shaun has been serving as a deacon for the last six mo...

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    • Nun Run & Greet-a-Priest

      Nun Run and Greet-a-Priest are a way for those curious about consecrated life or priesthood to find out more about the different ways religious live out their vocation.

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    • Exploring Priesthood Evening: 20 March 2014

      For men discerning a possible calling to the Priesthood, there will be a "Come and See" evening held at the Centre for Youth Ministry, NW1 1TA on 20 March, 7-9pm.

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    • Vocations Discernment Group 2014: Exploring Evangelii Gaudium

      Beginning on Friday 24 January, the monthly vocation discernment group for men and women (aged 18 to 40) will be reflecting on the message and mission of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. We will look, chapter by chapter over ...

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    • Retreat Day to explore the Priesthood at Allen Hall

      This full-day retreat on Saturday 10th May is for men aged 18+ who are discerning a possible calling to the priesthood. We will be reflecting on the priesthood as it is experienced today through the testimonies and reflections of priests and semin...

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  • 2013
  • 2012
    • Religious SisterBecoming Gift: A Day for Women

      Women (aged 18 to 40) discerning a possible calling to Consecrated Life

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    • Advent Discernment Retreat

      I Have Done all These Things From my Youth

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    • Called to Priesthood? Retreat Day

      On Saturday 24 November Mgr Mark O’Toole, Rector of Allen Hall seminary, will be leading a retreat day at Allen Hall for men aged 18+ who are discerning a possible calling to the priesthood.

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    • Called to Marriage? Retreat Day

      Maybe you are a couple who have been dating for a while but need more time to reflect and to really understand better just what Christian marriage really means before you can commit the rest of your lives to each other. Or maybe you are currently single seeking your “other half” but perhaps not 100% sure that this is indeed God’s will for you. Wherever you are on your journey, if you feel that God is calling you sooner or later to marriage and want to know more, then you are warmly invited to a special retreat day on Saturday December 1st at the Carmelite priory in Kensington.

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    • Discernment Group in Year of Faith

      For anyone seeking to know God’s will for their life, the Word of God is one of the most important guides and inspirations for their journey of discernment. The light which the Scriptures can shine on our path is the inspiration for a series of meetings for the Vocations Discernment Group at Westminster Cathedral which will run throughout the Year of Faith.

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    • Vocations Pilgrimage to Walsingham

      Every year in June pilgrims from different parts of the country gather together in Walsingham for the annual Vocations Pilgrimage. This is a day of prayer, procession and adoration for men and women of all ages to join together in prayer before Our Lady of Walsingham in the intention of an increase in vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life and marriage.

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    • Invocation 2012

      The Invocation Festival is a unique event in the life of the Catholic Church in England. For those of you who are not familiar with the festival, it is aimed at ordinary Catholics, men and women (aged 16-35), who are looking to develop their relationship with Christ and who are searching for the knowledge and tools to develop their own personal formation, discernment and understanding of God’s will for their lives. For some this may mean being, or becoming open to the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.

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    • Vocation News - Easter 2012

      The latest issue of diocesan magazine is now available to read or download.

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  • 2011
    • Catholicism SeriesCatholicism - A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

      CATHOLICISM is a life-changing ten-session course which explores the defining elements of our faith.

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    • Vocations Discernment Group

      We meet on the 4th Friday of every month from 7-9pm in the Hinsley Room in Morpeth Terrace, next to Westminster Cathedral.

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    • BBC visit Allen Hall

      The BBC spoke to the Rector of Allen Hall Mgr Mark O'Toole, first year seminarian Damien Ryan and fifth year seminarian Martin Plunkett about the challenges of becoming a priest.

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    • Four new priests

      Four men have been ordained as Catholic priests at Westminster Cathedral by Archbishop Vincent Nichols.

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    • Answering God's call

      It is a great joy to be able to share with you the faces and names of the ten new men who have recently been selected to begin formation for the priesthood here in Westminster diocese.

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  • 2009
    • Fr Tim O'ConnorSpreading the good news to all

      I start to write this reflection on Diocesan Priesthood on the thirty sixth anniversary of my ordination. Many of the emotions and feelings of joy, excitement, reticence and anticipation of that day come flooding back to me like it was just yesterday.

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    • Priestly Service in the Military

      'Get on the ground you fat git,' my platoon commander - a man a little over half my age- shouted at me. Thank goodness my parishioners don't address me in the same manner I thought as I flung myself to the ground, yet again, in a meaningless act in the name of training. We were under enemy fire (blanks) in hostile territory (the Surrey Downs) and rapid responses were paramount.

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    • Schools and Young People

      Ever since the day when a three year old asked me, as a spotty teenager, whether I had measles, I’ve always been scared of children, and so one of my hopes for being a priest was that I’d never have to work with them again.

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