• 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.

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  • “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 dioc[...]
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  • A GOVERNMENT SURVEY ON HAPPINESS ! Sometime last year (2013) the Cabinet Office in Great Britain commissioned a survey on job satisfaction. It seems that government policy makers and economic strategists wanted to take into account the somewhat ‘mercury-like’ subject of ‘wellbei[...]
  • I have been vocation director for almost thirty years now in the Diocese of Down and Connor.It has been an immense privilege as I have ‘walked’ with hundreds of young men in their journey of discernment and fidelity to the Lord. Most of these have chosen to remain on in lay life [...]
  • Saint Malachy’s Seminary, Belfast.  Each day in seminary is built around ‘The four pillars’ of formation; they are Spiritual formation, Human formation, Academic formation and Pastoral formation. So what is a typical day in Seminary?  A typical day begins with Morning Prayer [...]
  • What can get in the way? “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. B[...]
  • How can I discover my vocation? When we understand that God has a desire for each one of us, the natural question is, “What is God’s desire for my life?” The whole process of listening to God and listening to our own hearts for an answer to this question is something which we ca[...]
  • Do I have a Vocation? Most certainly! “God calls all the souls he has created to love him with their whole being, here and thereafter, which means that he calls all of them to holiness, to perfection, to a close following of him and obedience to his will. But he does not ask [...]
  • What is a vocation? A call… The word comes from the Latin word ‘vocare’ which means ‘to call’. Vocation, then, is about a call or a calling in people’s lives. A call from…  God, who  has called people to play a particular role in his plan of salvation for the world. Many of t[...]