God's Call... Our Response...

Through baptism God calls us all to follow Christ. Calls us to live according to the Gospel. Calls us to be holy. People respond to this call in many different ways. Some people follow this calling through priesthood.

Such a call may come as a sense of longing for something more; a desire to commit one's life completely to Christ; wanting to be of service to others in and through the Church; a suggestion or invitation from another. God's call to each of us is as personal and individual as we are, but it is always a call to love, to freedom, to fullness of life.

'The Lord has a plan for each of us; he calls each one of us by name. Our task is to learn how to listen, to perceive his call, to be courageous and faithful in following him and, when all is said and done, to be found trustworthy servants who have used well the gifts given us.'

Pope Benedict XVI

"I think I may have a vocation to diocesan priesthood but I don't know what to do?"

We suggest the following:

  • ​Pray to God for guidance.
  • Reflect on your own gifts and abilities and how they might be of service to God and his Church.
  • Talk to someone: a friend who knows you well; a priest; or take time to get guidance from a spiritual director.
  • Remember discernment can take some time, so there is no need to be anxious, you are simply trying to find out where God might be calling you.
  • Contact the Vocations Director for the Diocese, Fr Chris Ferguson,
  • St Brigid's Presbytery, Carnhill, Derry BT48 8HJ Tel: 028 7135 1261 or Mobile 07973421352.
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Diocesan Prayer for Vocations:

Lord Jesus Christ, gentle shepherd, You know your sheep, and you know how to reach their hearts. 

Give to the people of the diocese of Derry Hearts that are open to the call of the Holy Spirit. 

Speak to the hearts of the people of our diocese.

That they may hear your call To follow you and serve your people as priests or religious. 

Awaken in them the courage to answer: 'Here I am, Lord, Send me.' 

St Eugene, pray for us. 

St Columba, pray for us. 

St John Vianney, pray for us. 

"I have loved you with an everlasting love therefore I have called you."

Jeremiah 31
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