“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
- This retreat has been going for almost 40 years and many of the priests of our diocese found these couple of days so helpful for discerning their vocation. The weekend is free to all who come.
- CHRISM MASS AT ST. PETER’S CATHEDRAL For a priest this is the day when he renews his priestly vows in front of the Bishop. The sacramental oils are also blessed at this ceremony. Any young man thinking about the priesthood should try to attend this Mass which begins at 11.00 a.m.[...]
- A Eucharistic Prayer Vigil for Vocations to the Priesthood, the Permanent Diaconate and Religious Life will take place in St. Patrick’s Church, Belfast on Thursday 21st April 2016 from 7.30pm – 10pm. The Vigil will conclude with Mass at 9pm. In his message for Vocations Sunday[...]
As a Priest I meet people who are looking for someone who can pray with them and for them, who can listen to them, and who can speak God's word to them. It's a great responsibility, but I thank God every day that He called me.
Fr. Damian McGaughan
As I look forward to my ministry as a priest, I am aware of the challenges that we are facing in Ireland today but I am filled with enthusiasm, excitement and joy at the call to serve God and His people.
Fr. Conor McGrath
- Parich of Antrim
I am a native of the Parish of St. Mary's Portglenone. After 6 years of discerning vocation in Seminary, I was ordained to the Priesthood on the 15th June 2008.
Fr. Vincent Cushnahan
- St Mary's
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