Sunday, 22nd October 2017

Vocations

Posted on 07. Aug, 2010 in Sacraments

Explore God’s Plan for You!

Deciding what our vocation is,

and how best to serve God with our individual talents, skills and abilities is a very personal decision, yet one that is also made within our community of faith and with the support and encouragement of others.

The Vocation Office of the Archdiocese of Armagh offers their web site (www.armaghvocations.org) as a resource for all those who are thinking about their own vocations, or who are supporting others in a process of discernment.   The site also includes information for parents and teachers.  Our goal is to generate greater discussion and awareness of the importance of each person’s own ‘call’ and to provide assistance to those who feel they may have a calling to the priesthood or religious life.

If you would like to discuss vocations to the Priesthood or the permanent Diaconate, please contact Fr. Gerard Tremer (028) 8676 3370, or Fr. Cathal Devenney (028) 8676 3293.

The Permanent Diaconate – An Active Ministry

The Diaconate is an active ministry. Being a deacon involves a serious level of commitment, both at the stage of preparation and after ordination. It is certainly not to be seen as a reward for services rendered. Permanent deacons normally continue working in their own profession, unless they have taken the option of early retirement. They are not paid a salary, although they would normally be re-imbursed for expenses. The varied professional training and experience of permanent deacons (in business, healthcare, social services etc.) often makes it possible for them to take on administrative and organisational responsibilities in a parish or a diocese. In this way deacons can also help to reduce the burden on priests in a time of shortage.

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