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 […]

Day 12: Our Sweet Christ on Earth

Originally from “across the pond,” Sr. Mary Catherine OP is presently a 2nd year novice in initial formation with the Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph in the New Forest and is currently working towards a B.A. Divinity with the Maryvale Institute.    Dear friends, truth is not an imposition. Nor is it simply a set of […]

Day 9: From Cologne to Rome

John Waters is a first year seminarian for the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He is currently studying at the Venerable English College, Rome. Every time I speak to my boyhood parish priest on the phone, he always says the same thing. “Well John, who’d have thought, all those years ago when you went to see the […]

Day 6: We waited in hope and prayer

Fr James Bradley is a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which he serves as Communications Officer and Private Secretary to the Ordinary. He was received into the Catholic Church in 2011 and sang the gospel for Pope Benedict XVI at the opening ceremony of World Youth Day in Madrid that […]

Day 4: Joseph! Joseph!

Fr. Paul Moss is the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  He proclaimed the Gospel at Blessed John Paul II’s requiem Mass, where Pope Benedict (then Cardinal Ratzinger) presided. I first met Pope Benedict when he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger back in 1999. It was during my first year as a seminarian training for […]

Day 3: Saying “Yes” to the Cross

Charles Bradshaw is 21 years old and based in Oxford, Archdiocese of Birmingham. He is currently discerning a vocation to the priesthood. “My heart desires to love Thee Lord” It is early on a cool Palm Sunday morning back in 2008 that I find myself a few centimetres away from the High Altar on St […]

Day 2: Service by name, Service by nature

Ryan Service is a 25 year old 1st year seminarian for the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He is studying for the priesthood at the Venerable English College Rome. Holy Father, thank you! Sitting on cold and hard pavement stones outside Westminster Cathedral on a crisp September morning in 2010, something within me changed. There was no […]

Day 1: A Journey to Love

Lisette Carr is a French teacher, youth worker living in Dublin. She is currently studying for an MA in Marriage and Family at Maryvale Institute. She writes a blog about good things happening in the Catholic world at www.catholicismrocks.wordpress.com. With Collette, she is co-editrix of the GenerationBenedict blog. Shock and sadness swept through the worldwide Catholic community on Monday […]

Welcome to GenerationBenedict

Pope Benedict has been responsible for the conversion, reversion, vocation and the deepening of faith of many young Catholics. At the time of his visit to the UK, many Catholics were luke-warm, even living their lives completely at odds to the Church. During this visit, and also World Youth Days in Sydney and Madrid, he […]