Vocations Days are due to take place in some secondary schools in the diocese this week.
Fr Mark Swires, who is the vocations promoter for the diocese, says: “We’d like to present our life as a call to holiness in whatever state of life God may be calling us to. In this call to holiness we can find happiness in serving God and one another.
“Hopefully, the days will encourage the young people to recognise how much God loves us and to them to ask God what he is calling them to do with their life. From this point of view we would encourage them to think about all vocations – marriage, single life, priesthood and religious life.
“We will also seek to encourage them to pray for vocations. And hopefully a greater awareness of different forms of vocation may help schools and peer groups in being supportive environments for those considering their vocation.”
The schools that have agreed to be part of the initiative this week are: Palmer Catholic Academy; Sacred Heart, Upminster; Grays Convent School and Brentwood Ursuline Convent School. Others will be involved in the summer.
Fr Mark said that the programme varies from school to school but usually includes an assembly, Mass, time of Eucharistic Adoration and visits to the young people’s lessons by the seminarians, priests and sisters who are involved.
“We’re very grateful for the generous response from the schools involved and for the support of the Diocesan Education Department. Many thanks also to teachers and head teachers who have given advice and guidance. And thank you also to the seminarians, priests and sisters who are helping with the days.”
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