• Pope Francis

    • God calls you to make definitive choices, and He has a plan for each of you: to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation is to move toward personal fulfilment.

    • Ephesians 4:1

    • "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called."

    • Pope Francis

    • To be Saints is not a privilege for the few, but a Vocation for everyone.


“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
Vocations Director

Upcoming Vocations Events

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  • A Eucharistic Prayer Vigil for Vocations to the Priesthood, Permanent Diaconate and Religious Life will take place in All Saints’ Church, Ballymena on Thursday 4th May 2017, from 7.30pm – 10pm.  The Vigil will conclude with Mass at 9pm.  In his message for Vocations Sunday, Pope[...]
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  • 17th - 19th February 2017 17-19th February 2017 for the young men who are discerning their vocation to the Priesthood.  
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  • 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.


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  • Thursday 4th May 2017, from 7.30pm – 10pm.  The Vigil will conclude with Mass at 9pm.  To view the event details please click here: http://vocationsdownandconnor.org/event/eucharistic-prayer-vigil/