Responding to the Call

To support those exploring vocations across the Diocese a series of ‘Come and See’ events have been planned over the coming months.  These evenings will help these men to discover more about priesthood in the context of the New Evangelisation and of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangellii Gaudium, as well as an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, to talk to and hear from priests who have been ordained in recent years, and also a time for prayer and adoration. 

The first event, which took place on 23 January at Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St George, Enfield, was very powerful for participants.

Subsequent Spring gatherings are planned at SS Michael & Martin, Hounslow on Thursday 13 February and the Centre for Youth Ministry in Somers Town on Thursday 20 March

For further information, please contact Fr Graham Stokes, Vocations Promoter for the Diocese of Westminster, at grahamstokes@rcdow.org.uk or phone 020 8747 5909. See also www.rcdow.org.uk/vocations

Prayer for Vocations

Lord Jesus Christ, Guide and Shepherd of your people, touch the hearts of our young people, that they may, for the love of you, give their lives in the service of the Church. Renew the hearts of priests, that they may model their lives on the mystery of the Cross, and imitate the Sacred Mysteries they celebrate at the Altar. Strengthen our families, that they may generously support those of their sons whom you call to serve you as priests. Amen.

Prayer for Seminarians

Lord Jesus, we ask your special blessing on those preparing for the Sacred Priesthood. May their hearts overflow with love, understanding, and generosity. May their desire to serve inspire others to answer Your call. Lord Jesus, fill the hearts of seminarians with the fire of your love make them holy as You are Holy. Amen.