First Steps and Contacts

It is important to get advice from a person whom can give good guidance on priestly vocations. A sensible choice would be your parish priest or a chaplain that you know. You may also want to speak with the Vocations Director for the Diocese, Fr Neil Peoples, or the Assistant Vocations Director, Fr Liam Carpenter. They are available to speak with those considering a vocation to the priesthood as well as running regular discernment events during the year (details of which are posted in the 'Advice, Reading and Upcoming Events' section).

The House of Discernment, The Old Friary

The priest's residence at Our Lady and St Edward's Parish, called the Old Friary, was once a Franciscan Community and has been converted into a House of Discernment. Some men who are considering a vocation to the priesthood find it helpful to live and work alongside the Fathers and the parish community of Our Lady and St. Edward for a period of up to a year. These men have a simple program of formation to help them learn about the priesthood as they decide whether to apply for seminary study.

Fr Neil Peoples, Vocations Director

Fr Neil was Ordained a priest at St Peter's Church, Leicester in July 2013. He has been Parish Priest of St Joseph the Worker, Winshill and St Peter & Paul, Swadlincote since autumn 2019. He took up the role of Vocations Director for the Diocese in August 2021. He can be contacted at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 125 Alexandra Road, Burton-on-Trent, DE15 0JD; tel: 01283 564814; email: Twitter: @RevNeilPeoples


Fr Liam Carpenter, Assistant Vocations Director

Fr Liam was Ordained a priest at St Barnabas Cathedral in 2019. He was first assigned to St Bernadette's in Scunthorpe and moved to Our Lady and St Edward's, Nottingham as Assistant Parish Priest in early autumn 2021. At that time he also took up the role of Assistant Vocations Director. He can be contacted at The Old Friary, 247 Gordon Road, Thorneywood, Nottingham, NG3 2LG; tel: 0115 950 1064; email: Twitter: @FrLiamCarpente1