“Becoming a priest or a religious is not primarily our own decision....Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.” Those words of Pope Francis to novices and seminarians are certainly reflected in the testimonies from priests, religious and seminarians in our diocese. Listening to these inspiring interviews will provide you with a flavour of how that divine call is a call of love to serve Christ in the Church through consecration as a religious or ordination to the priesthood. This life-changing decision brings so much joy in the living out of a radical call to serve Christ totally and selflessly. If you are discerning God’s call of love in your life and you feel that He may be calling you to priesthood or religious life, please don’t hesitate to contact me so that we can explore it further.
Fr. Kevin McGuckien
Upcoming Vocations Events
- Eucharistic Prayer Vigil for Vocations, Good Shepherd Church, Holy Rosary Parish, Belfast Thursday 17 November 2016 from 7.30pm - 10.00pm Vigil will conclude with Mass at 9.00pm.
- 'Come & See Day’ Saturday 22 October 2016, 10.00am - 4.00 pm. 120 Cliftonville Road Belfast 14 Have you ever considered a vocation to the priesthood? Why not explore it further and come along. This event will provide you with the opportunity to visit the diocesa[...]
- Eucharistic Prayer Vigil for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, held in St Patrick’s Church, Belfast on the 21st April 2016, 7pm - 10pm. The vigil will conclude with Mass at 9pm.
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