Great news as on Sunday 22 new Seminarians start their studies for the priesthood in Maynooth at St Patrick College, they come from many backgrounds which are very different such as a pub manager, a school leaver, catholic chairty worker and mature students , with the average age just been 25.
Monsignor Hugh Connolly, the President of Saint Patrick’s College, welcomed the new seminarians by saying the “first chapter in your formation journey is about to begin. I know that each of you has reflected long and hard on where precisely God is calling you. The truth of course is that God calls every single person here from the oldest to the youngest but He calls each of us in different ways.”
He continued “To be created in a sense is to be called by God. The mystery of a vocation or a call is part of God’s love for all of us. At the core of each follower of Christ is a call, or vocation. It is a call to holiness, to becoming a living response to God’s love.”
He also reminded them of the words Pope Bendict, “Under the guidance of your formators, open your hearts to the light of the Lord, to see if this path which demands courage and authenticity is for you,” . “Approach the priesthood only if you are firmly convinced that God is calling you to be his ministers and if you are completely determined to exercise it in obedience to the Church’s precepts.”
Catholic Maynooth is really happy to hear about the 22 new seminarians. This reminds all of us to pray for our seminarians espeially as these 22 are starting their formation journey.