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This provides a link to a brief (7 minutes only) interview with Father Lawrence Jones, a priest who served in the North East of England, who describes in clear and simple terms what is expected of a Diocesan priest, and why he found being a priest so satisfying and satisfactory. https://youtu.be/LvEUkQMipnw

Fr Laurence describes his vocation as a diocesan priest. Also available for download on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/116061038 Like our Facebook page 'NOV UK' or...
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Happy Easter to all viewers of this Facebook page. May we continue to recognise our Lord and Saviour in the Breaking of Bread.

As we rejoice anew that Christ is risen indeed, we give thanks for the liturgies of Holy Week, whose prayerful preparation and celebration have nurtured our faith and hope. It is also an opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of the priesthood in the expression of our faith, and the need that we have for more priests. In the Easter seaso...n, the Fourth Sunday (7th May) is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, because the Gospel that day focuses on some aspect of the metaphors by which Christ is known as the Good Shepherd and/or the Gate of the Sheepfold.

This is a Day of Prayer throughout New Zealand for Vocations to the Priesthood. Parishes are encouraged to include in their Intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful, aspects that are relevant to the Vocations theme.

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A weekend Retreat for Single Men * discerning or willing to think about a Call to the Ordained Priesthood Friday evening 27th November – Sunday afternoon 29th November 2015 Cluny Retreat Centre 21 Thirteenth Avenue Tauranga * Open to men, 17 - 45 years, single or widowed Contact the Vocations Direct…
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It is not easy doing the will of God. May be if it is easy then it probably isn’t the will of God.

St Joseph listened to his dream and did what the angel of the Lord asked of him. He was completely open to what the angel asked of him even although it wasn’t part of his original plan. Feast of St Joseph 20th March, Matthew 1:16,18-21,24. It is not easy doing the will of God. May be if it is easy then it probably isn’t the will of God. We notice that St Joseph makes no deals with God. He doesn’t look for signs or get angry when things don’t go his way. He just gets on with doing God’s will. Let us pray today asking St Joseph to assist us to do God’s will and to help us to discern our vocation. Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy 21st March 2015

Men discerning their vocation need to have the same love as God the Father which is not selfish but willing to make sacrifices.

“God loved the loved world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.” Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B, John 3:14-21. God’s love is sacrificial and so generous. He was willing to give up his Son so we may have eternal life. Men discerning their vocation need to have the same love as God the Father which is not selfish but willing to make sacrifices. May our love be truly about making sacrifices. Are we willing to die to become a Priest?!Are we willing to do anything to become a Priest and give up things that are stopping us from totally following Jesus. These are the signs of love which mirror God the Father’s love for us. Kind regards and God bless Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy 15th March 2015

Let us be brave and go into the wilderness, hopefully to be tempted to discover what the Lord is calling us to be, rather than doing nothing.

We begin Lent by living the words of Jesus immediately following his forty days in the wilderness . “The time has come and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.” First Sunday of Lent, Year B, Mark 1:12-15 Lent is a time for us to repent, to change our hearts, to begin again and believe in the Good News. The temptation during Lent is to do nothing -no prayer, no fasting, no almsgiving, and to miss this opportunity of grace to become closer to our Lord. Men discerning their vocation may also have to go into the wilderness to discover what the Lord is calling them to become. The wilderness will not be an easy experience, but something we may need to go through to discover our vocation in life. Let us be brave and go into the wilderness, hopefully to be tempted to discover what the Lord is calling us to be, rather than doing nothing. 22nd February 2015 Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy

Jesus never stops teaching us and inviting us to follow him in a particular vocation. Our responsibility is to listen and to respond generously, willingly and openly.

Jesus’ teaching made a deep impression on those who listened to him as we hear in the Gospel reading for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Mark 1:21-28. Jesus is our teacher. He is the one we should listen to. We need to allow him to speak to our hearts. Men discerning their vocation, need to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to his words, which may not necessarily be what they want to hear. We may not be open or even ready for his message to us. Jesus never stops teaching us and inviting us to follow him in a particular vocation. Our responsibility is to listen and to respond generously, willingly and openly. May our prayer today be the response of the psalm for this Sunday. “If today you hear his voice harden not your hearts.” Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy 1st February 2015

Men discerning their calling need to have the same generosity as these two sets of brothers had - to be able to let go and be free to follow Jesus where he is calling us to be.

There is something very inspiring about the call of Simon and Andrew, James and John. These two sets of brothers left everything to immediately follow Jesus. (Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, Mark 1:14-20) They demonstrated a wonderful sense of openness, generosity and willingness to leave everything behind and follow Jesus whom they may or may not have known very well. These first followers of Jesus were prepared to take the risk into the unknown. Men discerning their calling need to have the same generosity as these two sets of brothers had - to be able to let go and be free to follow Jesus where he is calling us to be. Kind regards and God bless Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy 24th January 2015

Jesus asks the two disciples of John the Baptist “What do you want?” This is the question every man discerning his vocation needs to ask and hopefully his answer is, I want to do the will of God and follow Jesus.

The second Sunday of Ordinary time has two excellent Scriptures for men who are discerning their vocation to read and pray with - the call of Samuel by the Lord (Samuel 3:3-10,19) and the call of St Peter in the Gospel of John 1:35-42. Jesus asks the two disciples of John the Baptist “What do you want?” This is the question every man discerning his vocation needs to ask and hopefully his answer is, I want to do the will of God and follow Jesus. We do the will of God and follow Jesus by allowing him to become our teacher (Rabbi). We need to spend time with him, allow him to speak to our hearts and show us what vocation he wants for us. We can also discover the will of God through other people, as St Peter did through his brother St Andrew who helped him to find Jesus.Often God uses others to show us the way. We need to be open or else we may miss this opportunity when God uses another as his instrument to assist us to discover our vocation in life. Kind [...]

God can perform wonderful miracles and make impossible things happen.

The story of the Annunciation (Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B, Luke 1:39-44) reminds us that nothing is impossible for God. This is a good fact for men discerning their vocation to remember and reflect on. God can perform wonderful miracles and make impossible things happen. We need to be open to this possibility and respond in the affirmative by saying ‘Yes’ as Mary and Elizabeth did. God in this instance needed the full participation of Mary and Elizabeth to create these miracles. We need to be ready, open and willing to participate fully in what God wants of us, so we may discover God’s special plan for each of us. Kind regards and God bless Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy 19th December 2014

Annual retreat for the Hamilton Diocese for men discerning their vocation is being held at Ngakuru.

This weekend the annual retreat for the Hamilton Diocese for men discerning their vocation is being held at Ngakuru. Please pray for these men as they discern their vocation, as we pray for an abundance of Priestly vocations for our diocese and for New Zealand. Kind regards and God bless Fr. Eamon Kennedy 10th December 2014

Advent is a time for us to make space for Jesus in our busy lives.

John the Baptist prepared the way for the Lord. Advent is a time for us to make space for Jesus in our busy lives. This would be the essence for a man discerning his vocation-to set himself apart like John the Baptist and to focus on what God’s special plan is for each of us, our vocation in life. From the 12th to the 14th December the Vocations Retreat will be held at Ngakuru, a 40 minute drive from Rotorua. I invite men who would like to spend some time reflecting on their vocation to come. Please register on the Vocations website. http://thepriesthood.org.nz/events/vocations-retreat/ Kind regards and God bless Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy 8th December 2014

Men discerning their vocation need to be awake and not asleep.

Advent reminds us to be awake and ready for Jesus’ return. It is good to remind ourselves that Jesus’ Second Coming may happen unexpectedly so we need to be always ready and waiting for his return. (First Sunday of Advent Year B, Mark 13:33-37.) Men discerning their vocation need to be awake and not asleep. They need to be ready and eager to listen to the Lord’s whisper, calling them to follow him in their vocation for life. Kind regards and God bless Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy First Sunday of Advent 30th November 2014

Let us be like Zacchaeus today and allow the Lord Jesus in to our homes and our hearts.

Zacchaeus may not have originally wanted to change his life and follow Jesus. Tuesday Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time Year II Luke 19:1-10. He may have only wanted to see Jesus, but he was curious and open to Jesus’ invitation. He happily accepted Jesus into his home. He was so moved that he found himself changing his life and correcting the wrongs he had done. He became a true follower and disciple of Jesus Christ. God may be calling us to a particular vocation though we may not be hearing his voice clearly and may be missing the signs. To follow Jesus, we do need to get rid of the things that are in the way of allowing us to be free, and thus enable us to respond generously to God’s invitation to each of us. Let us be like Zacchaeus today and allow the Lord Jesus in to our homes and our hearts. Kind regards and God bless Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy 23rd November 2014

Our talents are to be used, shared and to give glory to God the talent giver.

We all have talents which God has given each one of us. We use our talents to give God greater glory, particularly through our vocation. These are the gifts that we bring to our vocation. For example, some people are good with their hands while others are good at writing and some have a gift of caring for the sick. We all have different talents and gifts. We can choose not to use our talents as the man in the Gospel did and he was called a ‘wicked and lazy servant.’ Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, Matthew 25:14-30. Our talents are to be used, shared and to give glory to God the talent giver. Kind regards and God bless Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy 16th November 2014

Bishop Denis Brown said in his homily “that we need many more Dannys.”

Recently the Diocese of Hamilton was very blessed to have the diaconate ordination of Danny Fraser-Jones, in the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin, in preparation for his Priestly ordination next year. Bishop Denis Brown said in his homily “that we need many more Dannys.” We need many more vocations for the Priesthood. The need is always going to be great. “The harvest is rich but the labourers are few.” Let us support and pray for these men who so generously give their lives to serve the Church and Christ. Kind regards and God bless Vocations Director Fr. Eamon Kennedy 9th November 2014

It is a brave thing and does take courage to consider a Priestly vocation.

The annual Vocations Retreat for men aged 18 years and older is taking place from the 12th to 14th December at Ngakuru, a 35 minute drive from Rotorua. Men from all walks of life take the time to discern their vocation, and to determine whether God is calling them to the Priesthood or another vocation. It is a brave thing and does take courage to consider a Priestly vocation. We pray that many men will hear the silent whisper of God and be courageous in considering a vocation to the Priesthood. For those who are interested, please register on the vocations website for the Hamilton Diocese or email me to have a chat about it. I do look forward very much to hearing from you. Vocations Director Fr Eamon Kennedy All Souls 2nd November 2014 http://thepriesthood.org.nz/events/vocations-retreat/