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MAY 2013

Internships at Quarr Abbey

Quarr Abbey is inviting applications from men between the age of eighteen and twenty-five for a limited number of monastic internships. These will offer the successful candidates the possibility of living in the monastery for two months, following a way of life similar to that of the monks. During this time they will learn about the Benedictine tradition and have the opportunity to deepen their prayer and reflection on the Bible. They will be expected to contribute by their work to the welfare of the monastery and in return will receive board, lodging, teaching and guidance. The hope is that, with God’s help, they will establish a lasting spiritual foundation for their lives.
Following the first intern programme (from Saturday 1st September till Wednesday 31st October 2012) future programmes are planned July/August 2013 and subsequently. Those interested in applying for these are asked to write to Father Luke Bell at interns@quarr.org Here is a summary of what we offer and what we expect:
We aim to offer you:
• Two months stay, with full board and lodging in an area set aside for interns, in the peace and seclusion of our monastery and its grounds.
• A share in the life of the monastery, both its prayer and its work.
• Time and quiet for prayer and prayerful reading of the Bible and the writings of the saints.
• Guidance with this reading and prayer.
• Teaching from the monks on such subjects as The Rule of Saint Benedict, monastic history, liturgy, scripture and spiritual writers.
• The possibility of talking to someone who will listen to you.
• Some opportunity to socialise with the monks.
We ask of you:
• Attendance at most of the monastic offices of prayer.
• Reflection with an open heart on God’s word in the Bible and willingness to pray.
• Observance of the times and places of silence, and the rules of enclosure, customary in the monastery.
• Attendance at classes as indicated above.
• Four hours of work each day except Sundays and major feasts, and housework keeping your living area clean and tidy.
• Restraint within agreed parameters in the use of electronic communications.
Here are some media reports on our programme:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19523602

http://iwcp.co.uk/news/news/interns-can-try-life-at-abbey-44841.aspx


World Youth Day July 2013

For those who are unable to attend WYD in Rio this summer, there are some alternative events being held around the same time.

 http://www.boarbankhall.org.uk/tf2013ad.pdf

http://www.brightlights.org.uk/Brightlights/Home.html

 



MARCH 2013

Holy Father's Homily at Chrism Mass

http://southwarkvocations.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/holy-fathers-homily-at-chrism-mass.html?spref=tw&m=1

 



FEBRUARY 2013

“The Desert of Consumerism” – Crossing the Desert: Lent and Conversion with Deacon James Keating

 http://www.discerninghearts.com/?p=9452



Come Follow Me - A Group for Discerning Young Catholics

This discernment group is aimed at young men and women aged 16-30, who are looking to deepen their relationship with Christ and who are asking themselves how best to follow Him in the future. For some this might mean marriage and for others the priesthood or religious life. The meetings are usually on the 2nd Friday of each month, and the next two will take place on Friday 8th February and Friday 8th March at St. Joseph’s Church, St Michael’s Rd, Basingstoke RG22 6TY. It will begin with mass at 7:30pm and be followed by a meal in the presbytery and an informal presentation on discerning our vocation, followed by a chance to chat and finishing at 9:30pm. It would be useful to have an idea of numbers for catering purposes (please let us know of any dietary requirements) so if you are able to come, please email vocasst@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk. Any under 18s will also require a parental consent form which can be obtained from the same email address.



JANUARY 2013

Vocation Discernment Weekends 2013


Weekends of prayer, discussion, reflection, fun...
a time to ask questions, find out more...
a time to be with others on a similar journey...

1st - 3rd March:
11 Norham Gardens
Oxford OX2 6PS
See Map

July 5th - 7th:
Barat House
98 Roehampton Lane
London SW15 5SB
See Map

Contact Sr Barbara Sweeney
0191 272 3000
societyofthesacredheart@gmail.com

or else via www.societyofthesacredheartvocations.org.uk


Please contact us if you can't make these dates, as we can always arrange a meeting or visit at some other time

 

NOVEMBER

Advent Retreats

'Come and See' weekend with the Community of our Lady of Walsingham. Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Dec Join other young men and women aged 18 plus, interested in exploring religious life, for a time of prayer and sharing with this new community based at the Diocesan House of Prayer near Brentwood, Essex. For further details please call us on 01277 373848 or visit www.walsinghamcommunity.org

"I Have Done all These Things From my Youth" Fri 14th - Sun 16th Dec An Advent Retreat for young adults aged 18 -35 who are asking questions regarding choice-making, the meaning of life etc. Led by Fr Seamus Mulholland OFM, a lecturer at the Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury. For further details please call us on 01277 373848 or visit the events page of www.free2become.org


OCTOBER

New National Websites

We would like to let you know about a new website that has been produced by the National Office for Vocation about religious life in England and Wales: www.ukreligiouslife.org The National Office have also redesigned a website aimed at 10-16 year olds with a particular focus on religious life: www.calledtoday.com


JUNE

Quarr Abbey Offers Monastic Internships

Quarr Abbey is inviting applications from men between the age of eighteen and twenty-five for a limited number of monastic internships. These will offer the successful candidates the possibility of living in the monastery for two months, following a way of life similar to that of the monks. During this time they will learn about the Benedictine tradition and have the opportunity to deepen their prayer and reflection on the Bible. They will be expected to contribute by their work to the welfare of the monastery and in return will receive board, lodging, teaching and guidance. The hope is that, with God’s help, they will establish a lasting spiritual foundation for their lives.

In the first instance, the intern programme will run from Saturday 1st September till Wednesday 31st October 2012. Those interested in applying for this, or possible future programmes, are asked to write to Father Luke Bell at interns@quarr.org

Vocations weekend

Wondering about God? Think God may be wondering about you? Vocations weekend for young women interested in religious life.

June 1st—3rd 2012,
Stella Maris,
Broadstairs,
Kent

For more information, contact:
Sr MaryAnne fcJ
maryannefcj@gmail.com
Tel: 0151 733 5475
www.fcjsisters.org


MAY

Olympic speed skater to Franciscan Sister

 Vocationcast has teamed up with the Invocation Festival 2012 to bring you this short podcast about vocation and the festival which will be taking place in July at Oscott College Birmingham. This podcast is the Second of four that are being released each month in the four months leading up to the festival in July. This Second podcast features Sr. Catherine Holum CFR sharing her story from Olympic speed skater to Franciscan Sister.

Hear the podcast here


APRIL

 Colm J. Cahill reflects on his early days at the Seminary

Colm Cahill is a first year seminarian at St John’s, Wonersh. He’s 21 years old and has spent most of his life on the island of Jersey. Alongside Dominik Lau, who also came to us from
Jersey, Colm is one of four Portsmouth students in the first year at Wonersh.


MARCH

Mgr Roderick Strange, the Rector of Pontifical Beda College has written asking me to recommend anyone interested in the Beda Experience, which begins on the Wednesday of Holy Week, 4th April, and ends on Friday 13th April. There are only 12 places available and those applying should be at least 30 years old and should be seriously considering the possibility of ministerial priesthood. Although there is no charge for your stay at the College, you will have to find your fare to Rome.

Arriving on the Wednesday, you will be able to join the college for the Chrism Mass in St Peter’s the following morning and take part in the Sacred Triduum in the college. You will be able to gain some experience of what formation for ministerial priesthood means at this special time of year and see something of Rome as well.

If you are interested in this experience, please contact me.

Fr Mark Hogan

vocations@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

FlameFLAME is a national youth congress, aimed at young people aged 14 to young adult,  that is due to take place at Wembley arena on the 24th  of March. It is aimed to engage your faith with different values, but particularly with sports and the Olympics. For more information see: http://cymfed.org/congress/flame/2012/


The Benedictine Nuns of St Cecilia’s AbbeyFEBRUARY

The Benedictine Nuns of St Cecilia’s Abbey celebrated a Solemn Profession on the Epiphany. Sister Elizabeth made her Solemn Profession on that day and is seen in the photograph with two other white veils. Please see the Testimonials section to read her vocation story.

 

Sister Elizabeth Burgess' Solemn Profession at St Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde on 6 January, the feast of the Epiphany, was a celebration of joy, thanksgiving and song.

 Sister Elizabeth Burgess' Solemn Profession at St Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde on 6 January, the feast of the Epiphany, was a celebration of joy, thanksgiving and song. Sr Elizabeth joined the Benedictine community at Ryde six years ago when she was nineteen. Bishop Crispian of Portsmouth, who had not been well, delegated his role to Fr Abbot Cuthbert Brogan of Farnborough, who was accompanied by the two young juniors from his community.

Sr Elizabeth belonged to the Oratory parish in Oxford and five Oratorians were present, including Fr Daniel Seward, Provost, who preached the homily. Canon Thomas Farrell of Coventry, Fr Finbar Kealy, Prior Administrator of Quarr, Fr Nicholas Spencer also of Quarr,and Fr John Redver-Harris of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham were also present in the sanctuary.

 After the Creed Sr Elizabeth came forward with a lighted candle singing in Latin ‘Now with all my heart I follow you ... I seek your face’. After pronouncing her vows she sang the traditional threefold Suscipe with arms held up in prayer and signing the chart of her vows on the altar, she received the monastic cowl and then prostrated for the Litany of Saints and the Prayer of Consecration.

She then received the black veil, gold ring and book of the Divine Office. Sr Elizabeth's mother died when she was a novice and so her profession ring is her mother's wedding ring.

After Mass and a buffet lunch the guests joined the Sisters for a ‘festive recreation’ in the parlour, with contributions from the Sisters as well as family and friends.

(with thanks to Portsmouth People)