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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Retreats with Religious Congregations

Retreats with Religious Congregations 

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Come and see - with the Cistercian sisters at Holy Cross Abbey, Whitland

Join the community for a week-end for an experience of Cistercian Monastic Living
Friday 18th – Sunday 20th October 2013
Location: Holy Cross Abbey, Whitland, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA34 0QX

Weekend Conference at Cold Ash Retreat Centre

A weekend with talks, a Marian Procession, rosaries, sung/high Mass, low Mass, confession and socials.  Gregorian chant workshops will also be running, led by the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge.
Friday 18th – Sunday 20th October 2013
Location: Cold Ash Centre, The Ridge, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9HU (near Douai Abbey and Thatcham train station)More details:
Contact: Damian Barker on 07908 105787 or at
Vocation Discernment Weekend with the Society of the Sacred Heart
Journey into the depths of God and the heart of our world
Friday October 18th - Sunday October 20th 2013
Contact: Sr Barbara Sweeney on 0191 272 3000 or  societyofthesacredheart@gmail.comLocation: 216A Wingrove Road, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9DD

Discernment Road Trip with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
For men considering a vocation to religious life and priesthood.
October 25th - 27th 2013
Over a weekend we'll hit the road to explore what God's call might be for you. On our journey we'll begin with our MSC parish in St. Albans, before heading north to our school in Princethorpe. We finish up in Birmingham at our newest project, an interfaith initiative to promote dialogue between Catholicism and Islam. It's a relaxed and prayerful few days to share our faith and listen to God's invitation for you. Contact: Fr Alan MSC: or 075 26764236 
'Called By Name' Young Adults Retreat (18-35)
The retreat is not aimed only at those discerning a possible call to religious life/priesthood, but to every young person seeking to know and live the call of Christ. Together we will explore the personal vocation (who you are!), the work/mission/task of your vocation (what you do!), different states of life (marriage, religious life, priesthood, etc), as well as tools for discernment (how to hear and respond to Christ’s call)
October 25th - 27th 2013
Location: Worth Abbey, Paddockhurst Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4SB
For more information and contact details:
'You show me the Path of Life': A day of prayer and reflection for young adults who are searching
10.30am - 4.00pm on Saturday 26th October 2013

Location: Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, 60 Gratwicke Road, Worthing, Sussex BR11 4BR
For more information contact Sr Anne Lee
Explore Jesuit Life
Whether you are just curious about Jesuit life and want to find out more, or you're beginning to wonder whether or not you might have a vocation to the Jesuits, this will explore what life is like within the order and will discuss what Jesuits seek to contribute to the life of the Church and to the world.
2nd November 2013

Location: London
Contact: Fr Matthew Power SJ or 0151 426 4137
More info:
Prayer, Praise and Psalms: National launch of the Dominican Youth Movement 
A weekend gathering for Catholics aged 18-35 with youth from Dominican chaplaincies, parishes and ministries.
2nd - 3rd November 2013
Location: St Albert's Catholic Chaplaincy, 23 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD
More info:  

Come and See Day with the Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena (Newcastle, Natal)
Discernment/Reflection days for young women aged 20 to 40 years
Location: 97 Constantine Road, London NW3 2LP
Date: 9th November
Time:10 for 10.30am - 3.30pm
Contact: Sr. Ursula Horan o.p at

Vocations Weekend with the Redemptorist Missionaries
Jesus calls you by name to proclaim the year of God's grace...
Friday 8th November - Sunday 10th November 2013

Location: London
Contact: Fr Richard Reid:

St Albans Camino, with the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart
Come walk the ancient route of St. Alban, from where he was captured by Roman soldiers for protecting a priest, to the Abbey of St. Albans which marks the site of his martyrdom. It's a nine mile pilgrimage through beautiful rolling countryside. Find yourself on the way.
10th November 2013

Contact:  Fr Alan MSC: or 075 26764236 

Thy Kingdom Come
A day for men and women (aged 18-38) considering a vocation to religious life.
Faciliated by three religious congregations - Augustinians of the Assumption, Oblates of the Assumption and Religious of the Assumption
23rd November 10.30am - 5.30pm; ending with first vespers of the Feast of Christ the King
Location: Milleret House, 23 Kensington Square, London W8 5HH
Other information: Overnight accommodation is available on the Friday and/or Saturday if needed

Explore Jesuit Life
Whether you are just curious about Jesuit life and want to find out more, or you're beginning to wonder whether or not you might have a vocation to the Jesuits, this will explore what life is like within the order and will discuss what Jesuits seek to contribute to the life of the Church and to the world.

23rd November 2014
Location: Edinburgh
Contact: Fr Matthew Power SJ or 0151 426 4137
More info:

'Come and See' with the Sisters of Charity of St Paul the Apostle
30 November 2013, 10am - 4pm 
Location: St. Paul's Convent, Selly Park, Birmingham B29 7LL. 
Other info: Please bring your own sandwiches; tea and coffee provided. 
Contact: Sr. Margaret Mattison 07811753163 or 

Signposts: A toolkit for discernment
A weekend for men and women (18+), hosted by the Salesians of Don Bosco
Friday 24th (evening) – Sunday 26th January (lunchtime) 2014
Cost: £75
Location: Savio House, Bollington, nr Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 5RW
More details:
Contact: Fr David O'Malley SDB

Discernment groups and residential discernment opportunites

For details of discernment groups and residential discernment opportunities visit the National Office for Vocation's Directory of Discernment Groups

Franciscan Sisters Minoress - Vocations "Come and See" November 2013

Franciscan Vocations Website

By the way, as I have been there before, should you wish to be provided with directions on how to get to the convent, then please feel free to email me: and ask! It isn't exactly the easiest of places to get to and I know a lot of people get lost going there! GB. :)

Do you feel God calling you to explore

 the meaning of a Franciscan Vocation?


We are a group of Franciscan Sisters and we meet once a month with young people to discern the call to religious life.

Vocation Discernment Afternoon
Date of  next meeting: Saturday 2 November 2013
Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm  

If this is not a good time for you to come - let us know and we'll try to sort our another opportunity. 
Come and meet the Sisters at St Clare's and other young people exploring their future. The afternoon involves some input on Religious Life, time for Eucharistic adoration, opportunity for a one-to-one chat with Sr Marianne, evening prayer and tea with the community.

On-line Discernment To experience on-line discernment visit me on Facebook every Tuesday evening between 8-9pm for a live chat.  You will find me under 'Marianne Lucchesi' (link: If you send a friend request mention vocation so I know who you are!
Hoping to meet you.
We also have a Vocations Chat Group on Facebook:

Vocation Discernment Visits
You are welcome to visit us on our discernment afternoons if you are local, and women who live further away may visit overnight or come for a weekend.

Taster Weekends 
The sisters continue to welcome young women discerning their vocation to join them for taster weekends.
These are held for groups or individuals and give women a chance to experience something of the life of a Franciscan Minoress sister.
They also have the opportunity to spend some time talking with one of the sisters about how the Lord might be calling them.
 Keep an eye on this website for further details or visit our events pages on xt3 and on Facebook.
Do keep an eye on our vocations site or contact the sisters to enquire about attending
weekends or for more details on other forthcoming weekends

You can contact us about either event at the following email address for further details:

Go to our main website:

Meetings take place at: St Clare's Convent, Stretton Road, Clay Cross, Derbyshire S45 9AQ (01246) 862621

St Clare's Convent, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S45 9AQ

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Saints Corner: Margaret Mary Alacoque

Name: Margaret Mary Alacoque (Marguerite-Marie Alacoque)
Birth & Death: 22 July 1647 - 17 October 1690
Feast Day: 16 October
Country of Origin: France
History: As a child, she contracted rheumatic fever which caused her to be bedridden for several years. She vowed her life to God and received a vision of the Blessed Mother, after which she was healed. Later in life she received a vision of Christ and joined the Visitation order at 24. After she had made her final profession, she began to receive visions of Christ detailing to her the devotion to the Sacred Heart.


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Feasts: Our Lady of Fátima

Feast: Our Lady of Fátima (Nossa Senhora de Fátima)
Date: October 13

Normally, I would include a brief history of the feast myself here but this is one instance where I feel that there are enough resources that by far say more than I can.

Fatima (EWTN)
Sanctuary of Fatima
The Message of Fatima (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith)
Cause for the Beatification of Lucia dos Santos

NB: I must also add that there are various conspiracy theories that surround aspects of the apparitions at Fatima. Please do not allow yourself to be taken in by such people.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Blog Update: The Story so far: Kim

I have updated my story on the blog and have put the page back up online with a little recent update. I hope that you will enjoy reading it. The purpose of having our vocation stories on the blog is to show you that everyone's journey is different, and that God calls us to discover our very own personal vocation. Each one of us is called to something particular, something only we can do, something we are asked specifically to carry out. This is our life's task. We must always centre God in our lives as Christians, but also bear in mind God's will for us in every decision we make. I know that from young I have always had this "inkling", this "tugging" at my heart which made me always think about where God could be leading me, where God wants me. This hugely influenced my decision making process when thinking about next steps for the future after finishing my education. I wanted somewhere where I could learn, and experience life without having to rely on my family for support in a financial way. I wanted to be financially independent, which I am, to live out, to really see if I could survive on my own. Part of me wanted to make sure I wasn't ever trying to use anything as an escape from my family as I love them very dearly, even though we do fight and have arguments a lot because of my faith decisions. There were times when I thought, well, if I run from God, and try and leave all this behind me and just be "normal" in their eyes, don't be religious, then maybe there would be peace. How wrong I was! I ended up grumpy and sad, with a total emptiness in my heart which I knew deep down only God could fill. I also knew that being a lay Catholic wouldn't be enough for me. I always had this sense of knowing deep down that God has so much more planned for me. There is somewhere I feel 'at home', and have found a very very deep peace in my heart, and I could not ignore it, so I have decided to continue along that path, to see where it will lead. I know now that I cannot run, I cannot hide, and even if I try and delay things, it's no point because God will find a way somehow or other! I often don't tell people this, but I aspire to learn the poverty of St. Francis of Assisi and John the Baptist (see the Prologue of the Gospel of St John for an example -  I am the voice of one crying in the desert). Only then can we truly and freely love one another as a brother and sister in Christ. :)

Monday, 7 October 2013

The Story so far: Kim update

I have taken down the page with my story so far as I am currently editing it. It will be back up as soon as I have had a chance to edit a few things and add to it. In the mean time, please continue to pray for me and know that I keep you all in my prayer as always.
With peace in the heart of Christ Jesus,
Kim Lee xxx