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In the life of a Priest: Seminary

Thursday, March 7, 2013

In the life of a Priest: Seminary

Back up to Northampton, this time to be a member on the interview panel for two potential students for the priesthood.  Prior to going to Seminary to train as a priest, candidates first come to vocation weekends run by the diocese to explore the possibility of being called to the priesthood.  If both the candidate and the diocese think that the person may have a calling to the priesthood, then they then go through an interview (or selection) panel, usually consisting of three people from the diocese, one of whom this time was me, in my capacity as Assistant Vocations Director.  After the interview with the panel, a recommendation is put forward to the bishop, with whom the candidate has a final chat.  It’s a privilege to be involved in people’s faith journeys in such a way!

Thursday nights at the presbytery have mainly been given over to the RCIA (Roman Catholic Initiation of Adults), or as we call it in our parish, “Come and See”.  This is for people who are thinking about becoming Catholic, and want to learn more about the Catholic faith.  Currently we have five people in our parish who hope to become full members of the Catholic Church this coming Easter.  Over the course of the last few months we have been following the CAFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) DVD Series on “The Creed” which has proved both interesting and enjoyable, and we’ll also be watching the CAFE DVD series on “The Sacraments”.

Let’s not forget the cinema visits:  Managed to get to Lincoln, Skyfall, and Life of Pi 3D over the last few weeks, all of which I enjoyed and were a bit of down-time!