The concept of Vocation – the God who calls us – is the business of the whole Christian people, from our baptism to our earthly death.
Vocations can include specific roles within the church: priesthood, the permanent diaconate, and religious life. There are also those opportunities for Christian service which arise within marriage, the single life, and widowhood; at our work, in the home, and the local parish.
Although this year we cannot celebrate the Day of Prayer for Vocations in our parishes, you can still take part at home with some resources prepared by the Vocations team. Please check it on Archdiocese of Birmingham website.
This year Pope Francis has chosen to reflect upon Jesus' call for Peter to walk across the water during the storm. He offers a very beautiful reflection on vocation, which seems very apt in our current circumstances.
With the closure of the seminaries, all but one of our 11 seminarians are currently in presbyteries around the diocese, continuing their formation online. You may have seen one or two of them featured in the various live-streamed Masses.
There are also 14 men who continue their formation for the permanent diaconate. Please continue to keep them all in your prayers.
Although many events are uncertain at the moment, we are praying that we will be able to celebrate the ordination of four new priests for the Archdiocese on 18th July. Please keep Clive Dytor, Sean Gough, Alex Taylor and Benedict Skipper in your prayers.