31st August - 2nd SEPTEMBER 2018
St Stephen's House
Tel: 0121 382 5533
The conference is based at Saint Stephens House Oxford 31st August to 2nd September starting with tea on the Friday and ending with lunch on the Sunday, accommodation and all meals are included. We do invite a small contribution of £75 towards the cost (there are grants available to help with this cost and with travel if necessary). Each place is subsidised by at least twice that amount of money by the Additional Curates Society.
The conference seeks to inform about process of discernment and selection and requirements that the Church of England sets. We like to set this conference within a theological college as it gives people an experience of the life that full time residential training presents us with. Although we are very conscious that not everybody will be training for full time ministry and increasingly people present themselves for self-supporting ministry. There is a chance to explore these patterns of service and also sector ministry such as chaplaincy. We will give you the opportunity to socialise and get to know others exploring ordination and ground it all in a few days of prayer and reflection.
We would very much like to invite you to join us . Please do complete the booking form and return it to us together with your contribution and letter of support from your Parish Priest, either in the post or e-mail this back to us and payments can be taken over the phone using all major credit/debit cards. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is any further information you require.
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Under the new dispensation the Church of England is inviting all groups to flourish and grow and the Catholic Societies’ Vocations Initiative entitled here-i-am.org, not only represents an unprecedented working coalition of different Anglican Catholic Societies, but also a hugely successful piece of outreach that is challenging men of our constituency to think seriously about the possibility that they are being called to ministerial priesthood in the Church of England.
Starting on Friday 28th August 25 men (with ages ranging from 19 to 55,) will be coming together for 3 days at St Stephen’s House Oxford, to pray, consider and discern whether God may be calling them. Key note speakers include The Reverend Liz Boughton, Selection Secretary and National Advisor for Young Vocations at Ministry Division, Father Damien Feeney Catholic Evangelist for Wolverhampton, Bishop Norman Banks and Father Darren Smith (Additional Curates Society).
Father Smith would like to encourage everyone in the Catholic constituency to uphold these men in your prayers. Father Smith said “One of the encouraging signs for Anglican Catholics, is that in spite of the many challenges that face us God still continues to call priests to serve in our parishes”.
Every year the Catholic Societies organise both a residential conference and a day course and you will find details of both of these events on this site. The Residential Conference takes place on a Friday through to Sunday and the venue can vary, but has usually been at Saint Stephens House Oxford, or Mirfield Theological College West Yorkshire.
The purpose of the residential conference is first of all to bring people out of their ordinary lives and to give them a flavour of life in a Theological College. Immersed in corporate prayer we usually look together at the life of a priest, the process of selection, the individual criteria and matters of spirituality.
This conference is heavily subsidised by the Catholic Societies but a small contribution is expected from all participants. Our emphasis is not only to inform and support but also to give candidates a feeling of fun and fellowship.
Towards the end of the year a day conference is always organised usually in London. This is primarily for those on the journey rather than first enquirers. We endeavour to look at the individual selection criteria in the hope that it will assist those involved in the process to prepare for selection.
GOOD FEEDBACK FROM OUR DECEMBER 2014 CONFERENCE
Dear Here I Am Vocation,
I’d like to thank everyone involved in organising such a successful Vocations Day on Saturday.
I found it particularly valuable to be able to draw on the advice of those with an up-to-date understanding of what interviewers at a BAP will be looking for – so I’m particularly grateful that Hilary Ison, Bishop Norman and Bishop Jonathan gave up their time to be with us. Although I personally found some of what they had to say quite sobering (daunting in fact), such an informative and enjoyable session will, I’m sure, help many of us on the path of discernment.
That can be quite a solitary journey, so it’s also valuable to have an opportunity to meet others in the same situation and share experiences.