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Our Seminarians

 “The harvest is rich but the labourers are few,

so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest.”

- Matthew 9:37-38

Meet the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Some of our seminarians are studying at St. Mary's College, Oscott and others at the Venerable English College (VEC) in Rome; men spend their propaedeutic year at the Royal English College in Valladolid, Spain. Here, our seminarians speak about how they are discerning their calling and about their experience on seminary formation.

Luke Theobald 

In the propaedeutic year at the English College in Valladolid, Spain, Luke speaks about:

  • His first impressions of Valladolid,

  • Challenges of living and studying in Spain,

  • How he ​recognised that God was calling him to ​the diocesan priesthood,

  • The application process and what it involved. 

Tenny Antony

In his first year of formation at St. Mary's College, Oscott, Tenny speaks about:

  • What attracted him to the life and work of the diocesan priesthood,

  • The worries or concerns he had when discerning priesthood,

  • Helpful suggestions for current discerners. 

Jonathan Henry

In his first year of formation at the Venerable English College (VEC) in Rome, Jonathan speaks about:

  • His first impression of the VEC,

  • His experience of the first few weeks at the Roman seminary,

  • The different aspects of formation that have helped with his journey to priesthood so far.

Jithin Titto

Jithin, in his first year of formation at St. Mary's College, Oscott speaks about:

  • How he came to realise that God was calling him to priesthood, 

  • Those who inspired him to enter seminary life.

Gerard Bowen

In his first year of seminary at St. Mary's College, Oscott, Gerry speaks about:

  • The impact of seminary life on his hobbies,

  • Those who inspired him to consider priesthood,

  • The worries or concerns he had when discerning priesthood,

  • Helpful suggestions for future discerners.

David Bench 

Coming soon... Dave, fourth year seminarian at the Venerable English College in Rome, speaks about:

  • How he began discerning,

  • His experience of a discernment weekend and the features that were helpful, 

  • The different aspects of his formation at VEC.

Toby Duckworth

Toby is in formation at the Venerable English College in Rome. He is preparing to be ordained a transitional deacon in 2021. He speaks about:

  • The formation he has received at the VEC,

  • How he ​recognised that God was calling him to ​the diocesan priesthood,

  •  The application process and what it involved. 

Deacon Steven Fleming

Steve, now ordained a transitional deacon at St. Mary's College, Oscott, speaks about:

  • His experience at Oscott College,

  • How he ​ recognised that  God was calling him to ​ the diocesan  priesthood,

  • How the different aspects of formation have helped with his journey to priesthood so far.