Vocation awareness and promotion is something very dear to the heart of Pope Francis and should be just as important to us too.
Our Salvatorian presence was established here in Wealdstone by the founder of the Salvatorians, the Venerable Francis Jordan, and by God’s grace we have maintained our presence here to this day but it has not been without its difficulties. The increasing age of our priests and the decrease in the number of vocations to our Order in the UK has meant that we have shrunk to just a handful of active members.
As you know, I am the last Salvatorian to be ordained back in the summer of 2014. We now have nobody in formation and this is a worry for us all, but we can all play a part in fostering vocations to priesthood and religious life by means of our prayer and the promotion of vocations.
At the back of the church you will find materials which will help in praying for more vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. We would ask that each parishioner make a conscious effort on this Vocations Sunday to pray, asking the Lord to call upon the hearts of many men and women to dedicate their lives to Him in the service of the Church and her people. In addition to this, each one of us needs to help raise awareness in the hearts of our young people by actively talking to them about priesthood and religious life as a very real possibility for their path in life.
We cannot labour the importance of vocations promotion and awareness enough; the future of our parishes –this parish– depends upon it!
Please pray, pray, and pray without ceasing for more priests and religious.
Also if you think you might have a priestly or religious vocation then why not talk to me about it in a confidential way.