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Sunday, 31 May 2009

Southwark Vocations Handbook endorsed by Holy See

Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, Secretary for the Congregation for the Clergy, has written to commend the Handbook for Parish Vocations teams produced by Fr Stephen Langridge, our Diocesan Vocations Director (pictured with Fr Benedict Groeschel.) Archbishop Piacenza writes that the Handbook:
"appears to have struck a healthy balance between the centrality of the universal vocation to holiness by virtue of our baptism and the indispensable vocations to priesthood and the consecrated life by which the Church worships God, proclaims the Gospel, and witnesses to the work of Grace in her members".
He also praises the Handbook's emphasis on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
"Indeed, the volume might serve as a useful resource within the apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration, fostering an awareness of the responsibility of every member of Christ's faithful to pray for and encourage vocations to the priesthood, and to faithfully understand its nature and place within the Church, particularly in view of the Year of the Priesthood recently announced by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI".
Congratulations to Fr Langridge for this recognition of his excellent resources for promoting vocations to the sacred priesthood.
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