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Friday, December 9, 2016
Report from Vocations conference
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¬†The annual Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors and Promoters met at the English College in Valladolid, Spain, between 27 ≠ 31 October. Joining them were representatives of various Religious Orders and the Conference of Religious, as well as a representative from Serra UK. Presentations were given by the National Office for Vocation on the development of its work since opening last September, and on detailed plans for a new national vocation strategy for England and Wales. At the heart of this strategy will be the formation of Diocesan Vocation Teams, which will serve the purpose of integrating vocation ministry into all areas of local Church life. This challenge was recently echoed by Pope John Paul II to the English and Welsh Bishops on their Ad Limina visit. Fr Michael Kujacz, Rector of the College, also gave an excellent presentation on discernment and the value of a pre-seminary year. Wide-ranging discussion was held covering many areas of mutual concern and interest, including: the sharing of good practice between dioceses; the ensuring of full implementation of all the recommendations of the Nolan Report concerning guidelines for applicants; as well as many important practical issues relating to the formation of students. We applauded the fact that the Bishops' Conference, in their Low Week meeting, gave final approval to the use of a standard national Application Form. The Conference recognised the challenge to its work posed by an ever increasingly secular culture, as well as the many signs of life and vitality in our Church communities. The Vocation Director and Promoters were encouraging and appreciative of the role of the National Office for Vocation, in providing support and coordination of their challenging work. Fr Philip Moger, the Chair of the Conference expressed thanks to Fr Michael Kujacz and the community in Valladolid for their warm welcome and hospitality. Source: CCS
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