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Without priests, the Church would be without the Sacraments: there would be no Church at all.
We are blessed to have eleven men currently in formation for the priesthood, who have generously given their lives in response to God's call. We have accepted four more men to start formation in September. It costs £85 per day, (£30,000 a year) to train one seminarian, and priestly formation can take up to seven years.
If you would like to ensure the future of the Church in our Diocese, please consider donating to support the training of our future priests. We thank you in advance for any donation you may make.
Life in The Seminary
Life in Seminary is full of challenges, but also full of Joy! BBC Scotland recently charted a year in the life of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome (a sister Seminary to the Venerable English College: at which three of our young men are currently training). This documentary, Priest School, charts all the joys and struggles of the modern Seminarian.
To catch this documentary, and find out about life in Seminary, visit the BBC iPlayer page here >
A Vocation of Service
The priest is a man called by God to be an alter Christus (another Christ) - to be for his flock the Good shepherd who teaches the people right doctrine and nourishes them on the Holy Sacraments. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee USA has put together this wonderful video from the writings of the Curé of Ars on the vital role of the priest in the Church.
Pray for Our Seminarians
Your Divine Son taught us to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into His vineyard. We ask You to bless our Diocese with selfless hearts that are willing to serve Your Church.
Raise up from our homes those called by Your Father; courageous and humble men to the Priesthood, generous servants to the Permanent Diaconate, faithful people to Consecrated Life, and holy men & women to the Sacrament of Marriage.
Help us to live our universal vocation to holiness, by listening to the Father’s voice and responding with sacrificial love. Grant, also, that each particular vocation may serve to the others as an example of Christ’s love. May our lives always be centred on Our Lord in the Eucharist, and may we be devoted sons & daughters of Mary, our Mother, in making You known and loved.
Model of Vocations, teach us to hear and follow Your Son. Holy Mary, Queen of Priests, sanctify our priests and obtain for us many more. Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for our families and intercede for our children. Amen.
Messages From Our Seminarians
Venerable English College, Rome
Allen Hall, London
Invest in people. Invest in the future of the Church. Giving one’s life completely to the Lord in any religious vocation takes time to deepen and grow for the ultimate ‘yes’ of a person to be rooted in truth and love. I now understand more fully why seminary formation is normally 6 or 7 years!
St John's Seminary, Wonersh
It is amazing to be in seminary where we are formed to be like Jesus, and to bring good news to the people of God. Within the time I have been in formation, I have found life in the seminary has been awesome and enriching for me.
It is a blessing to be studying in the cradle of the Christian church; where so many martyrs shed their blood for the Faith, witnessing to the resurrection of Jesus Christ! It is a special privilege to be so close to the Holy Father, the successor of Peter.
St Mary's College, Oscott
I’m so grateful for the opportunities and experiences, for being able to encounter God through all the people I meet, growing in love and in my relationship with God and growing with God’s people