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...the following being Ordained this year.

21st May 2015

Daniel Howard

Beverley

9 June: 7.30pm

St Columba, Anfield

 

 

 

 

Oliver Petter

Fulham

17 June: Time TBC

St Michael, Camden Town

 

 

 

 

David Hanson

Beverley

21 June: Time 4.00pm

Christ Church, Chadderton

 

 

 

 

Gary Hartill

Ebbsfleet

21 June: 4.00pm

St Francis of Assisi, Friar Park, Wednesbury

 

 

 

 

Miguel Sánchez Rodríguez

Wakefield

27 June: 1.30pm 

All Saints, Elland

 

 

 

 

Samuel McNally-Cross

Ebbsfleet

27 June: 3.00pm

St Giles, Reading

 

 

 

 

Andreas Wenzel

Wakefield

 27 June: 5.00pm 

St Peter & St Leonard, Horbury

 

 

 

 

Christopher Brading

Beverley

5 July: 4.00pm

St Margaret, Swinton

 

 

 

 

Anthony Murley

Ebbsfleet

5 July: 6.00pm

All Saints, Small Heath, Birmingham

 

 

 

 

Luke O'Maoil Mheana 

Richborough

6 July: 7.00pm

St Michael & All Angels, Paulsgrove Portsmouth

 

 

 

 

Kyle McNeil

Beverley

7 July: 7.30pm

St Mary the Virgin, Cockerton

 

The Additional Curate

A New Blog

17th April 2015

A new blog written by an ordinand preparing for his selection conference in a few weeks. 'The Additional Curate' - Writing honestly about his journey. "I’m scared, elated, humbled and confused, all at the same time" The blog will be updated regularly. Read the posts by visiting here-i-am.org.uk and clicking on "The Additional Curate"

Young Vocations

26th March 2015

YOUNG VOCATIONS

I was very interested to read the current statistics produced by the Church of England’s Ministry Division, which celebrates the fact that under 30’s now make up a quarter of all people accepted for training for Church of England Ministry.  Encouragingly the 2014 figures show that 116 under the age of 30 were accepted for training, the highest number for the last 25 years.  A Church that for so long seems to have undervalued the contribution that young vocations can bring to priestly ministry, not least in terms of enthusiasm, new vision and energy, has sort to address this with the appointment of a young vocations advisor in the person of The Reverend Liz Boughton (DOB 1966).   Min Div have come up with a number of new and imaginative schemes such as Mission Apprentices and Young Vocations Champions in each diocese in an attempt to target resources to this particular age group.

As Anglican Catholics young vocations has actually been one of our areas of strength and although we haven’t got exact figures, I think you only have to look at the age profile of Saint Stephen’s House to realise that this is something that we are achieving even with our limited resources and lack of Vocations Champions.  Certainly the Here I Am Vocations Initiative which has been running now for just under a year has attempted to connect with this group.  The overall age profile of our videos and advertising literature seeks to promote vocations to both the younger candidate and ethnically diverse candidate.  Only last night whilst speaking to a church group on vocations a comment was made about the age profile of that particular congregation being perhaps higher than anybody would want.   The person who made the comment also pointed out that many of our parishes seem to be in a similar position.  I sometimes ask myself how is it that we are able to attract younger candidates if that is the case, indeed we can be proud of the fact that currently the youngest serving incumbent in the Church of England is a Traditionalist (Father Richard Norman).  Surely this is something to do with the fact that we talk about a priestly way of life, the giving of the whole of oneself, our young people are welcomed into the sanctuary and the majority of vocations are encouraged through the inspirational ministry of a particular parish priest.  The beauty of our worship and the whole mystic of the Mass makes connections that are so very different to the trendy culture of Messy Church. 

But let’s not get complacent because the reality is for all of the Church that we constantly need to find new and imaginative ways of challenging people to think about their call to the priestly way of life.  Our ministry should truly reflect a whole range of age profiles, and unless we continue to put all our energies into nurturing priestly vocations then we are bound to find not only a constant strain to fill vacant parishes, but little opportunity to take up the General Synod’s current encouragement to Flourish and Grow as prescribed in the 5 principles.  The next Catholic Societies Vocations Conference is to be at Saint Stephens House Oxford on 28th-30th August.  Further details can be found at www.here-i-am.org.uk or from the Additional Curates Society info@additionalcurates.co.uk Mrs Ann Babington 0121 382 5533.

Vocations Day

This Saturday 6th December 2014

6th December 2014

Our Vocations Day is this Saturday 6th December 2014 at St Marys, Somers Town, NW1.

Click here for a pdf of the programme

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