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“‘I can see heaven thrown open’ [Stephen] said
‘and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’”

- Acts 7:56

Proximity 2021 is the first of what we intend to be an annual event each autumn, for altar servers of all ages. The aim is to form servers in faith as those who come close to Jesus at the altar, so that they may grow closer to him in their lives.

This year, we've chosen base our day around the life and witness of recently-beatified teenager Blessed Carlo Acutis.


Hosted in the inspirational setting of St. Mary’s College, Oscott, our diocesan seminary – where men are formed for the priesthood - our theme the day involves:

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  • an exploration of the life of Blessed Carlo, led by Mgr. Mark Crisp,

  • Mass with the seminary community,

  • testimonies from those for whom altar serving has been part of their vocational journey,

  • age-appropriate workshops related to altar serving,

  • concluding with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. 


The day is also a wonderful opportunity to meet other servers from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

It costs just £5 to attend (subsidised by the diocese), and the day will be led by the Diocesan Vocations Office (which administers the Guild in the Archdiocese of Birmingham) and the Kenelm Youth Trust.

Those attending will need to bring a packed lunch and we'll provide drinks throughout the day. Unlike the annual Mass, there's no need too bring an alb/cassock and cotta. You'll go home with a goodie bag too! 


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The day is open to all servers enrolled into the Guild of Saint Stephen. Parishes or schools will first register their group, then invite individual severs to book themselves onto the day as part of that group.

For more information

Contact Deacon Owen at the Diocesan Vocations Office.

The venue:

St. Mary's College, Oscott

Chester Road

Sutton Coldfield

B73 5AA

The College gates will be open to allow arrivals from 10am. There is ample parking on site.


Alternatively, the College is a 1.3 mile walk from Chester Road Train Station.