Supporting Our Clergy - Priests serve the people above themselves, so it is vital, appropriate and necessary that we participate in their welfare and continued training. Living Our Faith will enable us to care for and serve the clergy during their working lives ministering in parishes, schools, hospitals and prisons throughout our Diocese by providing:
Promoting vocations - There are nine men at present from the Diocese in various stages of study in the seminary, representing a total commitment to their training and formation of £1.25 million over their six years. While new seminarians are a wonderful blessing, the ability to pay for their education is a major challenge. The success of Living Our Faith will enable investments in promoting vocations to the priesthood, with positive action taken now offering the very real possibility that our Diocese could stay ahead of the clergy shortage crisis that exists in many other dioceses. It will ensure:
Although these require significant investment, the rewards are great as new priests and deacons are central to the life of the Church.
Lucy Sayer, Living Our Faith Administrator St Edmund's House, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, Hampshire. PO1 3QA, Tel: 023 9283 6518