Something in the name? Leeds Trinity bucks the trend as latest alumnus ordained priest
Fr Cyrille Delort has become the second Leeds Trinity University alumnus in as many years to be ordained a Catholic priest, with a third former student to be ordained a deacon later this month while a fourth has recently completed her final profession as a religious sister.
Such a sequence is unprecedented in the university’s 49-year history and is especially remarkable at a time of fewer vocations nationally.
Fr Cyrille Delort, who completed a Masters in public communications at Leeds Trinity in 2008, was ordained a priest in his home city of Laval last Sunday. He is a member of the Paris Foreign Missions Society and, after completing his studies next year at the Seminaire aux Carmes, he will be sent to minister in Asia.
Dominic Risley, who graduated in theology from Leeds Trinity in 2010, will be ordained deacon on 27th June this year in the chapel of St Mary’s College, Oscott. He will be ordained priest for the diocese of Liverpool in 2016.
The pair follow in the footsteps of fellow Trinity scholar Fr Marc Homsey who was ordained as a priest in the local diocese last year.
In addition, another Leeds Trinity alumna, Sr Anouska Robinson-Biggin, made her final profession as a religious sister and is a Faithful Companion of Jesus.
Leeds Trinity chaplain, Mgr Paul Grogan, who attended the event in Laval, said: “It’s marvellous! When our graduates give themselves to Christ in a radical way like this you know that the faith life of the university is strong. It’s a privilege to accompany young people as they discern God’s will. I shouldn’t be at all surprised if some of our current students don’t explore one of these options in future years.”
Mgr Paul Grogan is assisted in his work by Sr Anne Hammersley CP, who is the assistant chaplain at Leeds Trinity.
Sr Anne is one of the new vocations guides who have been trained by the National Office for Vocation, and uses the skills she learned there to provide spiritual direction for students at the university.
Students who are considering their vocation are encouraged to participate in the meetings of the Leeds Diocesan Discernment Group, which often meets in the university’s chaplaincy as part of a wider outreach programme.Tags: chaplain, deacon, Leeds Trinity University, prieshood, priest