Advice, Reading and Upcoming Events

The following videos have been produced by members of our diocese. They may be of help in guiding discernment and learning more about life as a seminarian and ultimately a priest.

Upcoming Events

Due to the difficulties in travel and meeting caused by covid, most events since the start of the pandemic have had to take place online. It is hoped that for the 2021-22 academic year that most events will be able to be held in person. There are monthly discernment meetings that take place at the Old Friary, Our Lady and St Edward's Parish in Nottingham. Dates of upcoming events are 24 Sept 2021, 29 Oct, 26 Nov, 28 Jan 2022 and 25 Feb, all at 7pm. To take part in these events, please email Diane Williams at (tel: Vocations Centre on 0115 9501064) and she will send you any further details. In addition, there are monthly meet-ups open to all young-adults at St Barnabas Cathedral starting at 6:30pm on 7 Oct 2021, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 13 Jan 2022 and 3 Feb. Two pilgrimage dates for young-adults have also been arranged, on Sat 27 Nov to visit the Ven Mary Potter Heritage Centre and on Sat 26 Feb to the Shrine of St Hugh of Lincoln. For more information either contact Diane or connect on facebook or Instagram @ChristusVivitNottingham

Reading Suggestions

It can be helpful to get the insights of others who have experience of dealing with discernment and vocations. There are a wide range of very good books to help with this. The following is a brief list of a few of the ones you may consider reading.

How to Discover your Vocation, by Fr Stephen Wang, Published 2009 by CTS, 96 pages, ISBN 1860825893

Finding Life's Purpose, by Pope Benedict XVI, Published 2011 by CTS, 48 pages, ISBN 9781860827198

Discovering Your Personal Vocation: The Search for Meaning Through the Spiritual Exercises, by Fr Herbert Alphonso SJ, Published 2001 by Paulist Press International, 88 pages, ISBN 9780809140442

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life, by Fr Henri Nouwen, Published 2013 by SPCK, 256 pages, ISBN 0281071446

To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide to Discerning a Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood, by Fr Brett A Brannen, Published 2010 by Marston Book Services, 358 pages, ISBN 9780989621205