Bishop Richard Moth on the Risky Business of the Call to Priesthood - Pastoral Letter
In his Pastoral Letter for 4th Sunday of Easter, 7th May to the people of Surrey and Sussex the Bishop of Arundel & Brighton, Rt Rev Richard Moth, speaking of vocation to the priesthood, echoed the words of Pope Francis that being open to the possibility of a priestly vocation involves both good will and a certain risk.
Bishop Richard said, “Good will leads to an openness of mind and heart that enable us to listen to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit.” These stirrings of the Spirit are to be discerned in prayer and through the actions and example of people around us.
The risk says Bishop Richard is that “the decision to reflect further on Priestly Vocation and to offer oneself for Formation and Ordination is a step into life-long commitment and service.”
The whole of the Church in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton also has a role in promoting vocations, especially through prayer. Bishop Richard to assist in this work of prayer has produced a new Vocations Prayer card which has been sent to all parishes to be given out a Masses on 7th May.
Bishop Richard concludes “To those of you who sense these stirrings of the Holy Spirit, calling you to service of Christ and his Church, I say this: be open to the call, pray, take the risk. Be a part of the Mission of this Diocese as a Priest. You are needed and valued by the whole of our Diocesan Family and can be assured of the prayers and support of all.”
You can read the full Pastoral Letter here.
You can also listen to him on Video here.