Next Sunday (April 17th) the Church marks the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday, after the Gospel of the day. The day also marks of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations within the Church. We pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, asking the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers to the Harvest. We pray in particular for an increase in Vocations to the Priesthood and the various Religious communities throughout our own Diocese.
Why not visit our Vocations section to discover more about the priesthood and communities within our Diocese.
On this day we also take up the Annual collection for the Priest Training Fund (PTF) throughout our parishes. The PTF is used to support the formation of men who offer themselves for priesthood within our Diocese. It costs approximately £27,000 per student for tuition and accommodation fees at our seminaries and Academic Institutions. The Archdiocese of Cardiff currency has 5 students in formation for priesthood costing approximately £135,000 per annum.
Seminary formation takes 6 years, during which the men and the Church discern the call of the Lord in their lives. Our students are:
Daniel Stanton – originally from Maesteg, who pray God, will be ordained to the Diaconate later this year.
Robert James – from Cardiff, currently at Allen Hall Seminary in London.
Nicholas Williams – from Cardiff, currently at St. Mary’s College, Oscott.
Laurence Bryce – from Portsmouth, currently on Pastoral Placement at St Philip Evans, Llanederyn.
Elliot Hanson – from Barry, currently at Allen Hall Seminary in London.
Please keep our seminarians in your prayers at this time. Some of you will also have the opportunity to speak with our seminarians as they return to the Diocese to make an appeal in some of our parishes next weekend.
Special envelopes for the next weekend’s collection will be available throughout the Diocese this week. The envelopes also give you the option of Gift Aiding your donation, giving an extra 25p for every pound you donate, at no extra cost to yourself.
Donations to the PTF can also be made online through the JusGiving page.
Vocations within the Diocese
Once again, the Vocations section of this website will give you insight into the various Vocational states be it Single, Married, Consecrated or Priesthood. The section also contains some important questions and suggestions for discerning the call of the Lord in your life.