“God has placed in our hearts such an infinite desire for happiness that nothing can satisfy it but God himself. All earthly fulfilment gives us only a foretaste of eternal happiness. Above and beyond that, we should be drawn to God” (YouCat 281). Through Baptism, we are each called to become holy, a saint, to be happy forever with God in Heaven. Flowing from his or her Baptism, every human person has a unique calling, or vocation, given by God. This is the personal and unrepeatable way we can respond to God’s love in his Body, the Church. This call might be to the Sacred Priesthood, to religious or consecrated life, to marriage, or to lay apostolic celibacy.
The Vocations Director is Canon Gerard Flynn.
Priesthood Discernment and ongoing training: Fr Gerard Flynn
St John’s College, Wonersh
St Mary’s, Oscott
Beda College, Rome
Venerable English College, Rome
Sacred Heart, Fareham
Deacon Matthew King
Mater Sacerdotum a House of Discernment attached to Shrewsbury Cathedral, Shrewsbury Cathedral, Cathedral House, 11 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE
“What the Church is on a large scale, the family is on a small scale: an image of God’s love in human fellowship. Indeed, every marriage is perfected in openness to others, to the children that God sends, in mutual acceptance, in hospitality and being for others” (YouCat 271). The Marriage and Family Life team is concerned with helping our diocese towards a renewed appreciation of the Church’s demanding yet beautiful vision of marriage and family life.
Team Leaders: Deacon Andrew and Nicola Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
“We pray because we are full of an infinite longing and God created us men for himself: ‘Our hearts are restless until they rest in you’ (St. Augustine). But we pray also because we need to; Mother Teresa says, ‘Because I cannot rely on myself, I rely on him, twenty-four hours a day’” (YouCat 470). The Spiritual Formation team seeks to promote the spiritual formation of clergy and laity across the diocese by opening for them the riches of the Catholic Tradition of spirituality, ascetical theology, prayer and devotions, especially as shown in the teachings and lives of the saints. It is also concerned with inspiring and teaching people to pray, to develop a personal-passionate relationship with Jesus Christ, to discern the call to intentional discipleship of him, and to be aware of the personal charisms, gifts and talents that God has given them.
Team Leader: Canon Paul Townsend
Team Leader: Fr Peter Hart
Canon Gerard Flynn, 83 Bramdean Drive, Havant. PO9 4RR