Invocation, a national discernment festival for young adults will take place in the grounds of St Mary’s College, Oscott in the Archdiocese of Birmingham from Friday 6 July to Sunday 8 July.
The annual event, now in its’ third year, is intended for young men and women aged 16-35 and aims to deepen their relationship with Christ as well as develop their own personal formation, discernment and understanding of God’s will for their lives.
Keynote speakers at the festival this year include, Sister Catherine Holum, a former Olympic speed skater, the Archbishop of Westminster and Bishop Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury.
Invocation will also welcome the relic of the heart of St John Vianney on 7 July as it makes its tour in the UK.
Fr Stephen Langridge, Vocations Director of the Archdiocese of Southwark and one of the coordinators of the festival, said: “Invocation gives young people the opportunity to discover what it is that the Lord is calling them to do. It gives them space to see more clearly the working of God in their lives and to understand his plan for them”.
Speaking of the festival, he said, “This isn’t a traditional ‘Vocations Fayre’, but an opportunity to come together as young Catholics, to spend time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, and to celebrate the sacrament of Confession. In these ways we’re drawn closer to the heart of the Lord, and it is only there that we hear him calling us to lives of holiness – not tomorrow, but now”.
Organisers hope that the event will leave attendees with a clearer sense of their calling to holiness, but also encourage them to be open to the service of the Church as Priests and Religious.
If you would like to attend the event, or for more information please visit: www.invocation.org.uk/