Vocation

Day 33: Meeting Benedict on the train to Dublin

Rev. Paul Murphy, 29, is deacon of the Archdiocese of Armagh.  He will be ordained to the priesthood in June. When Cardinal Ratzinger was elected to the papacy I was an Art History student at Trinity College, Dublin. I had come across the Cardinal’s name in newspaper articles and knew precious little else about him. […]

Day 31: A Long Search for Truth

Stuart is currently in his first year of studying for the priesthood at Oscott College, for the Archdiocese of Birmingham   When Pope Benedict XVI was elected in April 2005 I had little idea of who he was or where he would help lead me.  Finishing off my A-Levels, I was intellectually open but unsure as […]

Day 28: Fired Up!

Niall Leahy is a member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and is training for the priesthood. He is currently studying philosophy at Heythrop College, London, where he is also involved with the running of the weekly Pure in Heart meeting.  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI must have had a strong sense of God’s love […]

Day 27: A Very Personal Call to Come Home

Robin Farrow is a former Anglican priest. After further study, including an MA in Catholic theology from Heythrop College London, his interest in the Catholic Church deepened. Robin is currently a seminarian at St John’s, Wonersh and is looking forward to ordination into the Catholic priesthood in the near future. He lives in Hove with […]

Day 20: “Cooperatores Veritatis”

Ben and Sarah Thatcher, a married couple from Birmingham, help run the 2nd Friday mission. As a married couple, Pope Benedict XVI has had a profound influence on our lives.  Over the course of his Pontificate he has spoken of the importance of marriage and the family hundreds of times, giving a sense of how […]

Day 19: Finding the Truth

Thomas Starkie, 17, is a member of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. He belongs to the Manchester Ordinariate Mission, where he manages the website and plays the organ at Sunday Mass. I only vaguely remember the election of Pope Benedict XVI – I was nine at the time. We were staying with […]

Day 14: Keep Your Eyes Fixed on the Lord!

Fr. Jan Nowotnik is parish priest of Our Lady & St. Brigid Parish, Northfield Birmingham. He has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham for nearly fifteen years. He studied at the English College in Valladolid and so has a love of things Spanish! He is the chaplain to the Birmingham Diocesan World Youth […]