PFS Magazine – Issue One now available

PFS Magazine – Issue One now available

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Priests for Scotland has issued for parishes, schools and those interested in priesthood and in vocations to priesthood, the first issue of a free magazine.  This edition has short pieces from seminarians studying to become priests from around Scotland as well as an insight from one of Scotland's newest priests, Fr Matthew Carlin of Paisley Diocese, ordained in the summer of 2016.

Over the course of a year we hope to produce a number of these short newsletters, to help promote the importance of priesthood, to look at the work priests do around the country and to issue the invitation to consider a vocation to priesthood.  Over the next few months, Vocations Directors in our dioceses will be inviting and meeting with men considering this possibility, to help them discern whether God might be calling them to serve his People as priests.  (Click here for contact details for the Vocations Director in your area.)

You can download the Magazine, issue 1, by clicking here or on the image below.


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Posting the Invitation

Posting the Invitation

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Each Sunday, we hear the Word of God in the readings at Mass.  But do we really listen?

Do we notice the call to follow Christ which gently echoes in every text?  Do we hear the "still, small voice", the "gentle breeze", which brought Elijah to the mouth of a cave, ready to go on his journey as prophet of God? Do we even think God is speaking to us when we hear his word?

As part of our shared task of Vocations Promotion, Priests for Scotland invites parishes to keep before its people the idea that some of its members might be being called to serve the Church as priests, deacons or religious. To this end, and as a help for busy parish priests, we have published here some brief notes, drawn from the Sunday readings for Ordinary Time as well as the major liturgical seasons, which can be used in the weekly parish newsletter or Bulletin, cut and pasted for use on parish websites or Facebook pages, or adapted for tweeting.

Let's work together to "pay out the nets", to let the Lord's voice be heard!

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Advent and Christmas Vocations Prompts

Advent and Christmas Vocations Prompts

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Each Sunday in Advent, and throughout the Christmas season, Priests for Scotland is publishing via our Facebook page little vocations "prompts" to help those who might be thinking about a priestly vocation to use this sacred time to consider the possibility guided by the weekly Scriptures.

 

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Advent is a season in the Church's life which of its nature looks to the future - yes, to the coming of Christ as a child at Christmas, but also beyond that to his coming in glory at the end of time.  What better time is there in the Church's liturgical calendar to think about our own futures too, about what God is asking of us, about how we might respond, and about the direction of our lives in light of our faith.

Could that future involve a life of priestly service for you, a member of your family, or someone you know?

In the middle weeks of Advent we encounter the person of John the Baptist.  He was called "from his mother's womb" (Luke 1:15) to be a herald of Christ, to call people to repent and return to God's ways.  He was called to be a prophet, to be a messenger, to be a witness to God's action in the sight of the people.  In the middle weeks of Advent we hear him fulfilling that vocation, as he "prepares a way for the Lord", as he becomes the voice "crying in the wilderness" (Matthew 3:3).

And so, our little "prompts" invite those who think God might just be calling them to be priests in Scotland today - to be messengers of the Gospel, heralds of Christ, witnesses to God's merciful and saving action in the world - to ask God to guide them to know his will, to hear his voice, and, perhaps, to look to their future as priests to serve God's people.

Pray for all who are thinking they might be so called...


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Decade a Day

Decade a Day

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During the month of October – a time when Catholics often take up the prayer of the Rosary with greater devotion – Priests for Scotland invited friends to offer up one decade of the Rosary each day with the intention of praying for Vocations to the Priesthood.

In this, we were led in prayer by pupils of St Peter the Apostle Secondary in Clydebank, near Glasgow.

Go to our Facebook page to find out more, and to join with the pupils as they pray (via video) and reflect on the mysteries of the Rosary in prayer for priestly and religious vocations.


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Vocations Awareness Week – Bishop’s Reflection

Vocations Awareness Week – Bishop’s Reflection

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This Sunday we begin our celebration of Vocations Awareness Week in Scotland – a time when we are encouraged to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life.

Both within and outwith the Catholic community, people often wonder what a life of service in the Church actually entails. What does it mean to be a priest, deacon or religious sister in contemporary Scotland?  What is involved in serving the Church in the face of rising secularism and seemingly widespread religious indifference? A powerful response is encountered in this weekend’s Gospel.  Through the use of three parables, Jesus offers us a perfect template of ministry – that ministry is to seek out that which is lost.

094be8cGetting or being lost is a common experience. At one time or another, we have all been there……. lost in airports or in train stations or on the way home from a night out. We have panicked when we’ve realised we’ve taken the wrong turn or that the sat-nav isn’t working or that our surroundings aren’t very familiar.

But in the Scriptures and in the tradition of the Church, ‘being lost’ isn’t just about being in the wrong place – it’s not simply an issue of geographic dislocation – rather it’s about becoming disconnected from God,  disconnected from the family of faith and disengaged from who we really are and who we are called to be.

In our communities there are so many who find themselves spiritually ‘lost’. We think of so many of our young people ‘lost’ in an arid and desolate cultural landscape.  We think of those who are lost in the worlds of addiction – where everything is hurting and nothing has meaning. We think of those who have been forgotten by the world and ‘lost’ in a sea of societal indifference and apathy – the poor, the elderly and the unborn. We think of those who have wandered far from the faith – ‘lost’ in the frenetic busyness of everyday life.

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Our Priests, deacons and religious are called and chosen to find all of the ‘lost’  – they are challenged  to be the good shepherd, to be the woman who will not rest until she has found that missing drachma and to be the Father who’s heart is restless until his prodigal Son has returned. They are called, to bring the ‘lost’ to the House of Our Heavenly Father where there is always hope, light and love.

Wherever there is human need and wherever there is human suffering whether in Scotland or abroad you will always encounter the Catholic Church – offering comfort, restoring hope and ‘finding’ what is true, beautiful and good in human life.

This week pray for more vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious life. Encourage all those who are engaged in ministry in your community and finally, discern whether you could be called to the Priesthood, Diaconate or religious life.

Bishop John Keenan


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Vocations Awareness Week 2016

Vocations Awareness Week 2016

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As in past years, for 2016 Priests for Scotland is making available materials for schools and parishes to help our communities reflect on the idea of Vocation.

First of all, each one of us has a common vocation - or calling - to follow Jesus. This comes from our commitment as baptised people, to listen to Christ, to follow his ways and his teaching, and to live as faithful members of his Body, the Church, sharing with others our life, our faith and our love.

We each have a personal call too, however.  For many, this might include a call to family life, marriage and parenthood, for others a life dedicated to prayer or ministry in consecrated life or permanent diaconate, to a religious congregation or in a more personal consecration. For others, their vocation to love and serve might be lived out in their line of work - to teach the young, to care for the sick, to support the needs of a community in various ways, to offer their talents in creativity or the arts to beautify our lives and our environment, to serve in public life, etc.

Vocations Awareness Week invites us all to consider our own vocation, and how we are living it, or perhaps even to reflect on what our vocation in life might be. It invites us to take some time to ask: To what is God calling me? How is he inviting me to serve his People or our world more generally?  And what do I do to help or support others in finding their vocation in life?

For some, however, that personal vocation is a call to follow Jesus and to serve his Body, the Church, as priests.

For that reason, Vocations Awareness Week is also our opportunity to invite some to consider priesthood as a life to which the Lord might be calling them.  Out of all the possibilities to which God might be calling me, could priesthood be the one I need to consider more deeply?

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Below are materials which can be downloaded for use in parishes - either for use on the Sundays at either end of Vocations Awareness Week or for prayer and reflection at daily Mass or as part of a prayer group or other parish group meetings taking place during the week.

A Word document format can be downloaded by clicking here .

A PDF version can be downloaded by clicking here.   

Please feel free to use the materials as you wish.

Materials for schools can be accessed here.

A reflection by Bishop John Keenan of Paisley for Sunday 11th September can be accessed here.

"God calls you to make definitive choices

and he has a plan for each of you:

to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation

is to move toward personal fulfilment."

(Pope Francis, World Youth Day, Rio de Janeiro 2013)


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Vocations Awareness Week

Vocations Awareness Week

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Vocations Awareness Week

This has been held each year in September, as a way of inviting the whole Catholic community in Scotland to pray for and think about the importance of vocations to priesthood and religious life, and to encourage those considering a vocation to serve in the Church to come forward to reflect more intently on it.

In past years, material has been made available to parishes and secondary schools throughout the country. A Holy Hour and a short selection of prayer texts prepared for 2014's Vocations Awareness Week are available here. Teachers may wish to have a copy of the icon of Christ which features priests from throughout Scotland.  Contact the Priests for Scotland office.

Prayer cards associated with previous Vocations Awareness Week themes may still available from the Priests for Scotland office.


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Vocations Sunday 2014

Vocations Sunday 2014

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New Vocations Campaign
For Vocations Sunday 2014 Priests for Scotland is launching a new vocations campaign centred around this icon of Christ. The image will be displayed on prayer cards, A3 posters and large A1 cards. One large icon has been purchased for each deanery in Scotland. A3 posters have been sent to every parish in Scotland and will be sent to schools in time for Vocations Awareness Week (September 2014).

The large poster will be available to parishes along with prayer cards and various prayer services for vocations. It is suggested that it might be set on an easel somewhere in the church where it might become a focus for prayer.

The icon itself is made up of the faces of priests from throughout Scotland. Please pray for our priests. If you yourself are considering becoming a diocesan priest the icon may remind you that that the Lord chooses ordinary men to form an extraordinary role. Together we pray that you may hear the Lord's call to serve with courage and with love.

If you would like copies of this poster or prayer cards for distribution please contact us at office@pfs.org.uk. We will be happy to supply as long as stocks last.

On June 20th there will be an Enquirers' Retreat for anyone who would like to take time to consider whether God is calling them to serve as a priest. Participants should be over 17 and should make application to their diocesan director of priestly vocations. The enquirers' event is requires no ongoing commitment and merely an opportunity to talk and pray with others who are considering a similar path.

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Click here for Pope Francis' message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2014.


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For Your Parish Bulletin

For Your Parish Bulletin

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Bulletin or Website Notices for Vocations

First Sunday of Advent 2016 to Pentecost Sunday 2017

Please feel free to copy and paste these brief reflections into your weekly parish newsletter or other publications.  You may prefer to copy and paste them onto your parish website as a banner message or news item, to place a link to this page as a whole from your website, or to use them as Facebook posts on or around the relevant Sunday (as most of them are more than 140 characters, they are not suitable for Twitter).

 

First Sunday of Advent – November 27th 2016

“They shall hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into sickles….”  If you think that God is calling you to serve the Lord of the Harvest as a priest, deacon, sister or brother, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Second Sunday of Advent -- December 4th 2016

Are you called to be “A voice in the wilderness,” a herald preparing the Lord's way in the hearts of His people?  If you feel you may be called to the priesthood or religious life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Third Sunday of Advent -- December 11th 2016

“I am sending my messenger ahead of you to prepare your way before you.”  Are you being called by Jesus to be his messenger as a priest, deacon, sister or brother? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent -- December 18th 2016

“When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do.”  Are you listening prayerfully to what God is asking of you? Could He be inviting you to the priesthood or consecrated life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Christmas -- December 25th 2016

“I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.”  If you think you may be called to announce the Good News of Christ's presence as a priest, deacon or in religious life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God -- January 1st 2017

“Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  Are you pondering in your heart the possibility that God might want you to serve Him as a priest, deacon or in religious life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

The Epiphany -- January 8th 2017

“Opening their treasures, they offered him gold, frankincense and myrrh.”  We all have gifts to offer in service and worship of Christ.  If you you think your gift might be yourself, as a priest, deacon or in religious life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time -- January 15th 2017

“The Lord has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant.”  Has the Lord prompted you to be his servant in priesthood or consecrated life?  Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time -- January 22nd 2017

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.”  Are you being called to proclaim the coming of the kingdom as a priest, deacon, religious sister or brother? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- January 29th 2017

"Seek integrity, seek humility".  Could a life of humble but dedicated service as priest, deacon, religious brother or sister be your way to finding authenticity and integrity in life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Presentation of the Lord -- February 2nd 2017 - World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

“She gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all…” We are all called to bear witness to Christ in our lives. Could you be called to do so as a priest, deacon, or consecrated religious? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- February 5th 2017

“Your light must shine before others” - perhaps as a priest, deacon, sister or brother? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- February 12th 2017

“We have a wisdom to offer those who have reached maturity.” If you think God might be calling you to bring his wisdom and love to our world in the consecrated life or priesthood, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time -- February 19th 2017

“Be holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy.”  Is God calling you to live out your vocation to holiness in priesthood or consecrated life? Call your Diocesan Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 26th 2017

“People must think of us as Christ's servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God."  Are you being called to be a servant of Christ and others in the consecrated life or priesthood? Is God calling you to be a steward of his mysteries? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

First Sunday of Lent -- March 5th 2017

Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for forty days of prayer and fasting. Are you open to being led by the Holy Spirit into the state in life God has prepared for you? If you feel you may be called to the priesthood or consecrated life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Second Sunday of Lent -- March 12th 2017

“God has called us to be holy …according to His own purpose and grace.”  If you think God is offering you the grace of a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Third Sunday of Lent -- March 19th 2017

“But whoever drinks the water I give, will never be thirsty.”  Are you thirsting for an understanding of your vocation? Do you long to bring people the water of life through priesthood or consecrated life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent -- March 26th 2017

“Try to discover what the Lord wants of you.” Are you sensing that God might be calling you to be a priest or to serve in religious life, bringing hope to the downcast and light to those in darkness? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent -- April 2nd 2017

“I shall put my spirit in you and you shall live.”  Is the Spirit of God drawing you towards a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion -- April 9th 2017

“The Lord has given me a disciple's tongue... Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple.” Could the Lord speaking through your prayer, calling you to serve him as a priest or religious?  Speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Easter Sunday -- April 16th 2017

“He saw and he believed.” Through our baptism Jesus calls us to profess faith and proclaim new life to the world. Pray for those who, as priests, brothers and sisters, help others see and believe. If you think God may be inviting you to such a vocation, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Second Sunday of Easter – April 23rd 2017

“As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.”  Is Jesus calling to you so as to send you out as priest, sister or brother to proclaim the Good News of God's mercy? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Third Sunday of Easter  -- April 30th 2017

"They recognised him in the breaking of bread." Do you recognize Christ in your life and hope to make Him known to others? If you are considering the possibility that God might be calling you to this, speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter -- May 7th 2017 - World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Today, Good Shepherd Sunday, we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life, especially for our diocese, that God will raise up good shepherds in our midst. Speak to someone whom you think might make a good priest or religious. If you think God is calling you to serve the Church in this way, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter  -- May 14th 2017

“I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”  All are called to communion with Christ and the Father through Baptism. Some are called to a further communion through ordination or consecrated life. If you think this might be you, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter  -- May 21st 2017

“They laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.”  Could Jesus be seeking to fill you with his Spirit to be a priest, a deacon or live in consecrated life?  Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Solemnity of the Ascension -- Thursday, May 25th 2017

"Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations."  Could God be calling to you, or someone you know, to join in this great mission, to make disciples, as a priest, deacon or religious brother or sister?  Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter  -- May 28th 2017

“I pray for them... because they belong to you”  Jesus, the High Priest, prays for us all. He prays especially for those he sets apart to serve his people  If you think God may be calling you to serve Him and His people as a priest or in the consecrated life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Pentecost Sunday -- June 4th 2017

“There are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord.”   What kind of service are you being asked to undertake for the Lord? Could it be to serve Him and His Church as a priest, deacon, sister or brother? Is the Holy Spirit drawing you closer to this kind of life? Speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

 

Reflections and posts for the second half of the year will follow.


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Vocations Sunday 2013

Vocations Sunday 2013

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MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER
FOR THE 50th WORLD DAY
OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

21 APRIL 2013 - FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Theme: Vocations as a sign of hope founded in faith

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On the occasion of the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to be held on 21 April 2013, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, I want to invite you to reflect on the theme: “Vocations as a sign of hope founded in faith”, which happily occurs during the Year of Faith, the year marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. While the Council was in session, the Servant of God, Paul VI, instituted this day of worldwide prayer to God the Father, asking him to continue to send workers for his Church (cf. Mt 9:38). “The problem of having a sufficient number of priests”, as the Pope stated at the time, “has an immediate impact on all of the faithful: not simply because they depend on it for the religious future of Christian society, but also because this problem is the precise and inescapable indicator of the vitality of faith and love of individual parish and diocesan communities, and the evidence of the moral health of Christian families. Wherever numerous vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life are to be found, that is where people are living the Gospel with generosity” (Paul VI, Radio Message, 11 April 1964).

During the intervening decades, the various Christian communities all over the world have gathered each year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, united in prayer, to ask from God the gift of holy vocations and to propose once again, for the reflection of all, the urgent need to respond to the divine call. Indeed, this significant annual event has fostered a strong commitment to placing the importance of vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life ever more at the centre of the spirituality, prayer and pastoral action of the faithful.

Hope is the expectation of something positive in the future, yet at the same time it must sustain our present existence, which is often marked by dissatisfaction and failures. On what is our hope founded? Looking at the history of the people of Israel, recounted in the Old Testament, we see one element that constantly emerges, especially in times of particular difficulty like the time of the Exile, an element found especially in the writings of the prophets, namely remembrance of God’s promises to the Patriarchs: a remembrance that invites us to imitate the exemplary attitude of Abraham, who, as Saint Paul reminds us, “believed, hoping against hope, that he would become ‘the father of many nations,’ according to what was said, ‘Thus shall your descendants be’" (Rom 4:18). One consoling and enlightening truth which emerges from the whole of salvation history, then, is God’s faithfulness to the covenant that he entered into, renewing it whenever man infringed it through infidelity and sin, from the time of the flood (cf. Gen 8:21-22) to that of the Exodus and the journey through the desert (cf. Dt 9:7). That same faithfulness led him to seal the new and eternal covenant with man, through the blood of his Son, who died and rose again for our salvation.

At every moment, especially the most difficult ones, the Lord’s faithfulness is always the authentic driving force of salvation history, which arouses the hearts of men and women and confirms them in the hope of one day reaching the “promised land”. This is where we find the sure foundation of every hope: God never abandons us and he remains true to his word. For that reason, in every situation, whether positive or negative, we can nourish a firm hope and pray with the psalmist: “Only in God can my soul find rest; my hope comes from him” (Ps 62:6). To have hope, therefore, is the equivalent of trusting in God who is faithful, who keeps the promises of the covenant. Faith and hope, then, are closely related. “Hope” in fact is a key word in biblical faith, to the extent that in certain passages the words “faith” and “hope” seem to be interchangeable. In this way, the Letter to the Hebrews makes a direct connection between the “unwavering profession of hope” (10:23) and the “fullness of faith” (10:22). Similarly, when the First Letter of Saint Peter exhorts the Christians to be always ready to give an account of the “logos” – the meaning and rationale – of their hope (cf. 3:15), “hope” is the equivalent of “faith” (Spe Salvi, 2).

Dear Brothers and Sisters, what exactly is God’s faithfulness, to which we adhere with unwavering hope? It is his love! He, the Father, pours his love into our innermost self through the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom 5:5). And this love, fully manifested in Jesus Christ, engages with our existence and demands a response in terms of what each individual wants to do with his or her life, and what he or she is prepared to offer in order to live it to the full. The love of God sometimes follows paths one could never have imagined, but it always reaches those who are willing to be found. Hope is nourished, then, by this certainty: “We ourselves have known and believed in the love that God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16). This deep, demanding love, which penetrates well below the surface, gives us courage; it gives us hope in our life’s journey and in our future; it makes us trust in ourselves, in history and in other people. I want to speak particularly to the young and I say to you once again: “What would your life be without this love? God takes care of men and women from creation to the end of time, when he will bring his plan of salvation to completion. In the Risen Lord we have the certainty of our hope!” (Address to Young People of the Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro, 19 June 2011).

Just as he did during his earthly existence, so today the risen Jesus walks along the streets of our life and sees us immersed in our activities, with all our desires and our needs. In the midst of our everyday circumstances he continues to speak to us; he calls us to live our life with him, for only he is capable of satisfying our thirst for hope. He lives now among the community of disciples that is the Church, and still today calls people to follow him. The call can come at any moment. Today too, Jesus continues to say, “Come, follow me” (Mk 10:21). Accepting his invitation means no longer choosing our own path. Following him means immersing our own will in the will of Jesus, truly giving him priority, giving him pride of place in every area of our lives: in the family, at work, in our personal interests, in ourselves. It means handing over our very lives to Him, living in profound intimacy with Him, entering through Him into communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit, and consequently with our brothers and sisters. This communion of life with Jesus is the privileged “setting” in which we can experience hope and in which life will be full and free.

Vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life are born out of the experience of a personal encounter with Christ, out of sincere and confident dialogue with him, so as to enter into his will. It is necessary, therefore, to grow in the experience of faith, understood as a profound relationship with Jesus, as inner attentiveness to his voice which is heard deep within us. This process, which enables us to respond positively to God’s call, is possible in Christian communities where the faith is lived intensely, where generous witness is given of adherence to the Gospel, where there is a strong sense of mission which leads people to make the total gift of self for the Kingdom of God, nourished by recourse to the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, and by a fervent life of prayer. This latter “must on the one hand be something very personal, an encounter between my intimate self and God, the living God. On the other hand it must be constantly guided and enlightened by the great prayers of the Church and of the saints, by liturgical prayer, in which the Lord teaches us again and again how to pray properly.” (Spe Salvi, 34).

Deep and constant prayer brings about growth in the faith of the Christian community, in the unceasingly renewed certainty that God never abandons his people and that he sustains them by raising up particular vocations – to the priesthood and the consecrated life – so that they can be signs of hope for the world. Indeed, priests and religious are called to give themselves unconditionally to the People of God, in a service of love for the Gospel and the Church, serving that firm hope which can only come from an openness to the divine. By means of the witness of their faith and apostolic zeal, therefore, they can transmit, especially to the younger generations, a strong desire to respond generously and promptly to Christ who calls them to follow him more closely. Whenever a disciple of Jesus accepts the divine call to dedicate himself to the priestly ministry or to the consecrated life, we witness one of the most mature fruits of the Christian community, which helps us to look with particular trust and hope to the future of the Church and to her commitment to evangelization. This constantly requires new workers to preach the Gospel, to celebrate the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. So let there be committed priests, who know how to accompany young people as “companions on the journey”, helping them, on life’s often tortuous and difficult path, to recognize Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life (cf. Jn 14:6), telling them, with Gospel courage, how beautiful it is to serve God, the Christian community, one’s brothers and sisters. Let there be priests who manifest the fruitfulness of an enthusiastic commitment, which gives a sense of completeness to their lives, because it is founded on faith in him who loved us first (cf. 1 Jn 4:19).

Equally, I hope that young people, who are presented with so many superficial and ephemeral options, will be able to cultivate a desire for what is truly worthy, for lofty objectives, radical choices, service to others in imitation of Jesus. Dear young people, do not be afraid to follow him and to walk the demanding and courageous paths of charity and generous commitment! In that way you will be happy to serve, you will be witnesses of a joy that the world cannot give, you will be living flames of an infinite and eternal love, you will learn to “give an account of the hope that is within you” (1 Pt 3:15)!

From the Vatican, 6 October 2012

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI


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To be a priest in Scotland

To be a priest in Scotland

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I am always struck by how tentative the process of discussing vocations can be.  Some people feel quite awkward, perhaps they are wary of committing themselves and unsure about what they are really feeling. I am equally struck by how much support and encouragement applicants for the priesthood can get from one another as they realise that they are not alone and can share their thoughts with like minded individuals. Perhaps an individual is not ready to share his thoughts with other applicants. Some enquirers derive more from a quiet informal chat with their parish priest or with their diocesan vocations director.

To be a priest in Scotland today is “a life worth living” and a path worth taking. So give it some quiet thought. It can be a challenging life but it can also be a very rewarding life where you are able to make a difference in the lives of others. The invitation to “make disciples of all the nations” is a command to each one of us. Are you thinking about becoming a priest? This site offers information and resources to help you in your process of discernment.

Please feel free to browse the site and contact the Priests for Scotland office or your local Diocesan Vocations Director if you would like more information or the opportunity to discuss the Lord's call.


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Diocesan Vocations Directors

Diocesan Vocations Directors

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Each diocese in Scotland has a nominated priest whose role is to promote and foster vocations to the priesthood within each diocese.

In addition, the Diocesan Vocations Director is responsible for helping a potential candidate for priesthood discern their vocation, and, if both feel ready, when the time is right, to suggest that the candidate begin the formal process of application for studies for priesthood

Below are the contact details for the Diocesan Vocations Directors from around Scotland:

Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh

Rev. Michael John Galbraith
St James'
17 The Scores
ST ANDREWS
KY16 9AR
01334 472856

stjames.standrews@gmail.com

Diocese of Aberdeen

Rev. Keith Herrera
Cathedral Clergy House
20 Huntly Street
ABERDEEN
AB10 1SH
01224 640 160

administrator@cathedral-abdn.org

Diocese of Argyll and The Isles

Rev. Michael Hutson
St. Andrew's
Columshill Street
Rothesay
ISLE OF BUTE
PA20 0HX
01700 502 047

timeheldmegreenanddying@gmail.com

Diocese of Dunkeld

Father Michael Carrie
9 Muirnwood Place
Monifieth DD5 4JL
01382 539476

mailto:frmichaelcarrie@outlook.com       Dunkeld Vocations Website

Diocese of Galloway

Rev. William Boyd
St. Mary's
15 West Rd
IRVINE
KA12 8RE
01294 279 130

wh.boyd@btinternet.com

Archdiocese of Glasgow
Rev. Ross Campbell
Turnbull Hall
15 Southpark Terrace
Glasgow
G12 8LG
0141 339 4315

rrcchaplaincy@gla.ac.uk                  Archdiocese of Glasgow Vocations Facebook Page

Diocese of Motherwell

Rev. Brian Lamb
St Joseph's
Mayberry Place
Blantyre
South Lanarkshire
G72 9DA
01698 823896

info@sjblantyre.org                   Motherwell Diocesan Website Vocations Page

 

Diocese of Paisley
Rev. John H. Morrison
St. Patrick's
5 Orangefield Place
GREENOCK, UK PA15 1YX
118 Brediland Road
PAISLEY
PA2 0HE
01505 813103

johnmorrison1976@gmail.com            Read the Paisley Diocese Vocations Newsletter for 2016

 


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Follow in Faith

Follow in Faith

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Throughout the Year of Faith, which begins this October, multi media stands will tour parishes promoting vocations and asking for prayers for vocations. Why no ask about it at your parish?

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Website

Website

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The website that you are reading has been substantially recreated and upgraded. We hope it can offer some information and help to those considering life as a diocesan priest in Scotland - and some inspiration and support for those already serving the Church in this wonderful way!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook too!


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Vocations Sunday

Vocations Sunday

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Prayer cards were distributed on Vocations Sunday this year asking those at Mass  to “Pray for the priests we need for the future and for the priests we have today” . Should you require prayer cards or posters to help in promoting priesthood in Scotland then please contact the Priests for Scotland office. We will be happy to supply so far as stock allows.


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Dare to Believe, Dare to Be Different

Dare to Believe, Dare to Be Different

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This initiative started last year and involved the distribution of memory sticks to young people attending World Youth Day 2011 and those attending Lourdes with Diocesan Pilgrimages 2012. The project is still ongoing. The memory stick contained ten short video presentation promoting priesthood or religious life. The memory stick also contained adequate space for the young person to use the available memory for study or for retaining other data. This initiative successfully delivered Vocational material to the point of use, a task not always easy to accomplish in vocations promotion.


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