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Video: Discernment Year at Shrewsbury Cathedral – an invitation


An internet video to promote vocations to the priesthood has been launched by the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

The five-minute film was beautifully crafted over the course of several months by Christian Holden of St Anthony Communications and was posted on the Vimeo video-sharing website on July 16.

It opens a window on to the discernment year that runs from Shrewsbury Cathedral for men who are considering a vocation to the priesthood.

The Cathedral offers such men the opportunity to discern their vocation in a community of prayer centred around the Most Holy Eucharist.

The film features five men who took part in a year from 2018-2019 and who have all decided to enter priestly formation.

The purpose of the video is not only to give an insight into the discernment programme but also to invite men who would like to consider a possible vocation in such a context to make contact with the Cathedral.

The focus of the year is prayer and discernment towards a better understanding of the priesthood and a person’s own particular calling.

The programme offers a place to seriously discern the priestly vocation in an atmosphere of prayer and supported by a small community and sharing in the life and worship of the Cathedral.

It offers a time for reflection, to grow in the spiritual life with regular spiritual direction and accompaniment, as well as opportunities for retreat, days of recollection and pilgrimage and study focused on the Scriptures, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the lives of the saints.

The Rt Rev. Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, said: “This video offers more than information about a vocations initiative in Shrewsbury.

“The beauty of its filming opens a window for everyone to glimpse the Eucharistic heart of this discernment year at the Cathedral.

“I pray it will assist enquirers and also lead many more to pray for this initiative which has proved invaluable for the men who have come to spend time in this discernment community centred on the Holy Eucharist.”

Fr Edmund Montgomery, the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Shrewsbury, said: “This new video will give a sense of what the year of discernment can offer men who are seriously considering the priesthood.

“The video offers enquirers a look inside the discernment house and year, showing the life of prayer, of community and of study.

“So often when we read about vocations or seminary formation we can only glimpse what might be offered to us, but with this video, future discerners can see what they might come to, hear from men who have benefited from their experiences, and perhaps see themselves as coming to the Cathedral themselves in the months ahead.

“We would offer an invitation for men who see this video to be in contact with me, to take the step forwards to seriously consider their vocation, and to see in what we offer a way to learn how best they can serve Our Lord and His Church.”