Vocations Conference at St Thomas More Language College

The Chaplaincy of a Westminster secondary school organised a one day Conference for its students to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life and to explore the call to vocation. Students at St Thomas More Language College in Cadogan Street, Chelsea welcomed sixty four members of various Religious Orders and Institutes to share their vocation stories and unpack the particular charisms of their founders.

The event held in the College on Wednesday 4 March 2015 saw the normal timetable collapsed to allow the whole school community to participate in this special one day event.

The day began with a keynote address delivered by Fr Stephen Langridge, the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Southwark.

The College had invited Religious Orders and Institutes of Consecrated Life to send two delegates to work with students in small groups exploring the theme of vocation. Students heard from delegates their own stories of God’s call to conversion of life and how they as individuals and groups seek to serve the needs of the world today.

Delegates came from across the city of London and across the United Kingdom with Priests, Friars, Canons, Sisters and Consecrated persons as well as students and seminarians from the Seminary in Allen Hall who all shared their personal stories of Vocation and the joys and challenges of living the Consecrated Life.

At 12 noon students and guests gathered for a Solemn Mass celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols and concelebrated by the clergy and Religious who had gathered for this Conference. The College Liturgical Choir sang the setting Missa De Angelis and the anthem Panis Anglicus and the College’s Gospel Choir sang some beautiful meditational music during the distribution of Holy Communion.

Fr Antony Homer the College Chaplain and organiser of the event was overjoyed at the response his invitation to the Religious had generated.  “The students actively engaged with each presentation and asked searching questions as they explored what it means to live the Consecrated life in the Twenty First century. It is hoped this event will raise the profile of these men and women who have actively consecrated themselves to the service of the Lord in response to the needs of our world. The Consecrated life is such a beautiful, dynamic and wonderful force for good in our world and the witness of these men and women certainly stirred the hearts and minds of our whole community challenging each of us to consider afresh the invitation of Christ made at our Baptism”.

Guests from different Religious Orders and Institutions included the Canons of Pemontre in Chelmsford, the Benedictines of Farnborough Abbey and Quarr Abbey, The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kingstanding, The Sisters of Reconciliation in Walsingham, The Franciscans of the Renewal, the Comboni Sisters, the Grey Friars, the Dominican Sisters from the New Forest, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the Poor Clare’s from Arkley, Sisters from Littlemore near Oxford, Poor servants of the Mother of God, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Missionary Sisters from Bromley, Members of the Society of Jesus, Sisters of Christ in Wimbledon, Carmelite Missionaries, Holy Cross Missionaries as well as students and seminarians from Allen Hall in Chelsea.

It was not only wonderful to meet the students but also to meet so many other religious. We all gave our lives to the Lord for the same cause; to love Jesus and to bring many people to Jesus in whatever way. It was a day we will not forget so quickly.” Sr Kristien and Sr Tatjana, the Spiritual Family the Work.

It is hoped some of the Religious will return to the College in the future and work with us to consolidate and build upon the strengths of this one day event.

Contact: Fr Antony Homer, St Thomas More Language College, Cadogan Street, Chelsea, London SW3 2QS

Tel: 020 7589 9734            Website:  www.stmlc.co.uk

- See more at: http://www.ukvocation.org/vocations-conference-st-thomas-more-language-college#sthash.CdkvMS4F.dpuf

The Chaplaincy of a Westminster secondary school organised a one day Conference for its students to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life and to explore the call to vocation. Students at St Thomas More Language College in Cadogan Street, Chelsea welcomed sixty four members of various Religious Orders and Institutes to share their vocation stories and unpack the particular charisms of their founders.

The event held in the College on Wednesday 4 March 2015 saw the normal timetable collapsed to allow the whole school community to participate in this special one day event.

The day began with a keynote address delivered by Fr Stephen Langridge, the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Southwark.

The College had invited Religious Orders and Institutes of Consecrated Life to send two delegates to work with students in small groups exploring the theme of vocation. Students heard from delegates their own stories of God’s call to conversion of life and how they as individuals and groups seek to serve the needs of the world today.

Delegates came from across the city of London and across the United Kingdom with Priests, Friars, Canons, Sisters and Consecrated persons as well as students and seminarians from the Seminary in Allen Hall who all shared their personal stories of Vocation and the joys and challenges of living the Consecrated Life.

At 12 noon students and guests gathered for a Solemn Mass celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols and concelebrated by the clergy and Religious who had gathered for this Conference. The College Liturgical Choir sang the setting Missa De Angelis and the anthem Panis Anglicus and the College’s Gospel Choir sang some beautiful meditational music during the distribution of Holy Communion.

Fr Antony Homer the College Chaplain and organiser of the event was overjoyed at the response his invitation to the Religious had generated.  “The students actively engaged with each presentation and asked searching questions as they explored what it means to live the Consecrated life in the Twenty First century. It is hoped this event will raise the profile of these men and women who have actively consecrated themselves to the service of the Lord in response to the needs of our world. The Consecrated life is such a beautiful, dynamic and wonderful force for good in our world and the witness of these men and women certainly stirred the hearts and minds of our whole community challenging each of us to consider afresh the invitation of Christ made at our Baptism”.

Guests from different Religious Orders and Institutions included the Canons of Pemontre in Chelmsford, the Benedictines of Farnborough Abbey and Quarr Abbey, The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kingstanding, The Sisters of Reconciliation in Walsingham, The Franciscans of the Renewal, the Comboni Sisters, the Grey Friars, the Dominican Sisters from the New Forest, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the Poor Clare’s from Arkley, Sisters from Littlemore near Oxford, Poor servants of the Mother of God, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Missionary Sisters from Bromley, Members of the Society of Jesus, Sisters of Christ in Wimbledon, Carmelite Missionaries, Holy Cross Missionaries as well as students and seminarians from Allen Hall in Chelsea.

It was not only wonderful to meet the students but also to meet so many other religious. We all gave our lives to the Lord for the same cause; to love Jesus and to bring many people to Jesus in whatever way. It was a day we will not forget so quickly.” Sr Kristien and Sr Tatjana, the Spiritual Family the Work.

It is hoped some of the Religious will return to the College in the future and work with us to consolidate and build upon the strengths of this one day event.

Contact: Fr Antony Homer, St Thomas More Language College, Cadogan Street, Chelsea, London SW3 2QS

Tel: 020 7589 9734            Website:  www.stmlc.co.uk

- See more at: http://www.ukvocation.org/vocations-conference-st-thomas-more-language-college#sthash.CdkvMS4F.dpuf

The Chaplaincy of a Westminster secondary school organised a one day Conference for its students to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life and to explore the call to vocation. Students at St Thomas More Language College in Cadogan Street, Chelsea welcomed sixty four members of various Religious Orders and Institutes to share their vocation stories and unpack the particular charisms of their founders.

The event held in the College on Wednesday 4 March 2015 saw the normal timetable collapsed to allow the whole school community to participate in this special one day event.

The day began with a keynote address delivered by Fr Stephen Langridge, the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Southwark.

The College had invited Religious Orders and Institutes of Consecrated Life to send two delegates to work with students in small groups exploring the theme of vocation. Students heard from delegates their own stories of God’s call to conversion of life and how they as individuals and groups seek to serve the needs of the world today.

Delegates came from across the city of London and across the United Kingdom with Priests, Friars, Canons, Sisters and Consecrated persons as well as students and seminarians from the Seminary in Allen Hall who all shared their personal stories of Vocation and the joys and challenges of living the Consecrated Life.

At 12 noon students and guests gathered for a Solemn Mass celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols and concelebrated by the clergy and Religious who had gathered for this Conference. The College Liturgical Choir sang the setting Missa De Angelis and the anthem Panis Anglicus and the College’s Gospel Choir sang some beautiful meditational music during the distribution of Holy Communion.

Fr Antony Homer the College Chaplain and organiser of the event was overjoyed at the response his invitation to the Religious had generated.  “The students actively engaged with each presentation and asked searching questions as they explored what it means to live the Consecrated life in the Twenty First century. It is hoped this event will raise the profile of these men and women who have actively consecrated themselves to the service of the Lord in response to the needs of our world. The Consecrated life is such a beautiful, dynamic and wonderful force for good in our world and the witness of these men and women certainly stirred the hearts and minds of our whole community challenging each of us to consider afresh the invitation of Christ made at our Baptism”.

Guests from different Religious Orders and Institutions included the Canons of Pemontre in Chelmsford, the Benedictines of Farnborough Abbey and Quarr Abbey, The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kingstanding, The Sisters of Reconciliation in Walsingham, The Franciscans of the Renewal, the Comboni Sisters, the Grey Friars, the Dominican Sisters from the New Forest, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the Poor Clare’s from Arkley, Sisters from Littlemore near Oxford, Poor servants of the Mother of God, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Missionary Sisters from Bromley, Members of the Society of Jesus, Sisters of Christ in Wimbledon, Carmelite Missionaries, Holy Cross Missionaries as well as students and seminarians from Allen Hall in Chelsea.

It was not only wonderful to meet the students but also to meet so many other religious. We all gave our lives to the Lord for the same cause; to love Jesus and to bring many people to Jesus in whatever way. It was a day we will not forget so quickly.” Sr Kristien and Sr Tatjana, the Spiritual Family the Work.

It is hoped some of the Religious will return to the College in the future and work with us to consolidate and build upon the strengths of this one day event.

Contact: Fr Antony Homer, St Thomas More Language College, Cadogan Street, Chelsea, London SW3 2QS

Tel: 020 7589 9734            Website:  www.stmlc.co.uk

- See more at: http://www.ukvocation.org/vocations-conference-st-thomas-more-language-college#sthash.CdkvMS4F.dpuf

 

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