Vocations Pastoral Message
A Pastoral Message about Vocations from Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta. The Church in Australia celebrated National Vocations Awareness Week from 5-12 August.
Read a text version of Bishop Anthony's Pastoral Message here.Read a special welcome from Bishop Anthony to our Vocations site here.
The Holy Father's Message for Vocations
to read the message of Pope Benedictus XIV for the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Vocation - God's dream within you
Whatever it is that has brought you to this page, you are very welcome.
I’m sure you could be described in many ways, whether according to your interests, background or talents. Well, I’m going to take a punt on at least one description of you!
I’m going to suggest that one of following three descriptions; a), b) or c) applies to you. See if I’m right:
a) You are thinking about your direction and purpose. You want your life to make a difference. It’s important to you to have a sense that God blesses and supports what you’re thinking.
b) You are someone who is capable of praying for and/or encouraging others to take their best steps in life; for themselves, for God and for God’s people.
c) Both a) and b) above.
Well, if a), b) or c) applies to you, I really hope that you feel at home and among kindred spirits as you look through what’s here.
The concept of ‘vocation’ applies to every person’s life, for if we listen well, we discover that God calls each of us to play a part in his mission here on the earth. Whether in single life commitments, relationship and marriage, the religious life, priesthood or diaconate, each such commitment of loving forms part of Christ’s dream of life and unity.
As Vocation Director for the Diocese of Parramatta, I often refer people to others who can have a good chat with them about any vocational thought or direction. I have some great contacts among men and women in the religious life, marriage etc. As well, I spend a lot of time chatting mostly with younger men, some older too, who’ve thought about the priesthood.
With the help of others, I also offer a program of activities and reflection times throughout each year to support people in such thinking. This has helped a good number of guys to move peacefully in other directions. And it’s also helped a good number to clarify their thoughts and to take good further steps towards diocesan or religious life priesthood.
So, give me a confidential call if you’d like, if any of these comments speak to you. It will be good to say hello.
Cheers, blessings and encouragement
Fr Warren Edwards
M 0409 172 700
In a moving ceremony, Pope Francis has ordained a group of priests, calling on them to reflect on their ministry and the concerns of Jesus Christ.
A Pastoral Message about Vocations from Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Bishop of Parramatta.
Homily of Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP - Mass for the Silver Jubilee of Ordination to Priesthood of Father Bob Bossini, Parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Greystanes, Friday 13 July 2012