400 young people to attend vocations weekend
Up to 400 young people between the ages of 16 and 35 are expected to participate at this weekend’s first Invocation festival which is aimed at advising those who may be thinking of becoming priests, religious sisters and brothers, nuns and monks.
This week, Pope Benedict sent his Apostolic Blessing to the Invocation 2010 festival which will take place Oscott College in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.
Those attending will hear inspirational talks from archbishops, and prominent members of the Church in the UK, including Abbot Christopher Jamison, who took part in the BBC series The Monastery, and Sr Gabriel Davison, who featured in the BBC series The Convent.
They will also be able to take part in sung complines and an optional midnight rosary.
In his message the Pontiff said, “His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI presents His special greetings to His Excellency, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, to his brother Bishops, and to all those persons who are participating in Invocation 2010, the first national Vocations Discernment weekend for England and Wales, taking place at Saint Mary’s College, Oscott.”
“Particularly during this period of preparation for the Apostolic Visit of the Holy Father, when this country has a special place in his thoughts and prayers, Pope Benedict XVI encourages all those present to continue to stay close to Our Blessed Lord as they strive to discern his will for their lives, and to put their trust in the power of the Holy Spirit who will give them the courage to say ‘Yes’ to the Lord’s invitation.”
“His Holiness cordially imparts to all the participants in Invocation 2010 and to their families and loved ones a special Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of abundant graces from Our Blessed Lord.”
This national event is the first of its kind for the Catholic Church and its young people in England and Wales and runs from July 2 – 4.
Invocation 2010 is organised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham in cooperation with the other Catholic dioceses of England and Wales, the National Office for Vocation based at the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and Compass.