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 Parishes

“In a Church which is totally vocational, all are vocations promoters.”

- In Verbo tuo 6 

A parish is the place where vocations are cultivated. Within the parish, the family is the privileged place where vocations are nurtured. The Diocesan Vocations Office offers practical support to clergy and parishioners to build up a culture of vocation.

​We offer:
  • Cards and other printed materials to support prayer for vocations,

  • Help to establish and support a vocation promotion group,

  • To speak with parish groups (particularly youth groups),

  • To speak with the wider parish community and share about discerning God's call: the universal call to holiness, the call to a way of life and call to work.

 

In addition, Fr. Michael visits parishes to celebrate Mass, preach on vocation and make appeals for the Clergy Training Fund.

Get in touch!

For parishes in the eastern deaneries of the Archdiocese (Lichfield, Birmingham North, Birmingham East, Rugby, Coventry, Warwick, Banbury, Oxford North and Oxford South), please contact Deacon Owen.

For parishes in the western deaneries of the Archdiocese (North Staffordshire, Stafford, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham South, Dudley, Kidderminster and Worcester), please contact Tharushi.

Resources

  • Below is the Handbook for deaneries encouraging them to begin a Vocations Promotions Group. It provides an introduction on how to start and develop a promotions group, tried-and-tested activities and tips on how to carry out a promotion meeting.

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Deanery Vocations Group Handbook

A guide for establishing and running a Deanery Vocations Group in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

  • The book Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry by Rhonda Gruenewald offers a range of activities that could be tried out in your parish. Buy here.

  • North Staffordshire Deanery Vocations Promotions Group has been meeting for 32 years. Below is a short introduction to their wonderful work in the Archdiocese, which may provide helpful ideas.

North Staffordshire Deanery Vocations Promotions Group