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 ongoing travel and meeting restrictions as a result of covid, it is currently necessary to carry out meetings online. Our most recent one took place on Monday 1 March at 7:30pm (details above). In normal circumstances there are regular meetings and events for those in the diocese who are thinking about vocations to the priesthood and religious life. To take part in future events, please email either Fr Paul Newman (the Vocations Director, contact details on 'First Steps and Contacts' page) or Diane at and they will keep you posted on future events.

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