Religious Life


Discerning a call to the Priesthood

‘The priesthood is not simply “office” but sacrament: God makes use of us poor men in order to be, through us, present to all men and women, and to act on their behalf.
— Our Holy Father Emeritus, Pope Benedict at the close of the Year of Priests, 2010.

This audacity of God who entrusts himself to human beings – who, conscious of our weaknesses, nonetheless considers men capable of acting and being present in his stead – this audacity of God is the true grandeur concealed in the word “priesthood”. That God thinks that we are capable of this; that in this way he calls men to his service and thus from within binds himself to them.’

If you are wondering if God is calling you to be a priest, trust in the audacity of God who may think that you are capable, through His grace, of representing and acting in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Talk to the Diocesan Vocations Director:
Fr Andrew Allman
St Bernadette's
, 26 All Hallows Road
, Bispham
, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2 0AB
Telephone: (01253) 508585
Mobile/SMS text: 07552 795060


Discerning a call to the Religious Life

Very few people who enter religious life have a clear, undoubted sense of ‘call’ from God, most go through a process of discernment, which involves a prayerful consideration of how they can best express their love of God.

There is a great variety of religious life. The main distinction is between monks and nuns who live in an enclosed convent or monastery and religious who work outside the cloister, for example in education, health-care or evangelization.

Religious make vows which help them to be free to follow Christ with an undivided heart, usually life-long celibacy, poverty and obedience. They usually live in a community, where they support each other, in prayer, in ministry and in providing for the daily needs of each one.  

If you are unmarried, have no dependants, are free of serious debt and have sufficient physical and mental health to be able to enter into this way of life, the Church invites you to consider living out your discipleship of Christ in religious life.

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