THE VOCATIONIST COOPERATORS IN THE UK
The group of Vocationist Co-operators was established in St Winefride’s Parish on the eve of the First Profession of the now Frs Benedetto and Roberto, one year after the arrival of the Vocationists in the same Parish (2009). From that moment onwards, the group has never failed to help and support the Vocationist seminarians who passed through Holywell.
When the second community in the UK was established, in Walsall, people there also felt called to help and support vocations, especially those who were living on British soil. Both groups have continued worked to work tirelessly to help and support vocations to priesthood and religious life through prayer, sacrifice and offerings.
Vocations, a gift from God
Every vocation is a gift from God. It is something that each person receives, although everyone is called to do God’s will in different ways. Following God more closely and more radically takes great strength and courage, hence the need for us to constantly pray for all those who have been called to priesthood and religious life, so that the Church may always be fruitful and may continue to grow. This is why a group like the Vocationist Co-operators is of great inspiration to many people. They help and support vocations in many ways, but three of these ways are the most essential:
Prayer: Without prayers a vocation will never grow; like all seeds, it needs water to grow. Personal and group
prayer is essential, and it is the most important way in which one helps a vocation. The Co-operators make themselves available to join together in praying for vocations, and for perseverance in our vocations, during Mass and Adoration every Friday. Thanks for joining in prayers.
Sacrifice: A sacrifice, however small, is always welcomed by God. Sacrificing oneself may be of benefit to someone
Offering: This is offering financial help towards the formation of Vocationist religious, during their training to
At the service of Vocations
By March 2016 the Vocationist Co-operators helped the Vocationist Congregation by supporting at least eleven men called to religious life and priesthood, never failing to provide the Vocationists with the necessary help. Through a variety of events, the Co-operators have made contributions and raised funds to provide the necessary education for the Vocationist seminarians. Whilst six rothers have already completed their studies, a further two brothers are currently undergoing their training at St Mary’s College, Oscott, in Birmingham.
The hard work of the people within the Vocationist Co-operators has paid off as, in the past two years, there have been five ordinations of young men who were supported by the Co-operators.
Both the Church and the Vocationist Congregation will always be grateful to the people who, thanks to their generosity in many ways, have helped these young men to fulfil their vocations.
Can I join with you? Yes! Please contact one of our members. We will be delighted to welcome you to join us in prayers for vocations. Let us start here!
Prayer for vocations
Divine Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father and Mary Immaculate, grant us and all the faithful true generosity in following your call, and bestow on us the grace of your Holy Spirit to persevere in overcoming all obstacles to our vocations. Give the Church in our Diocese, and throughout the world, many holy priests, fervent religious and committed lay people. Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels, Blessed Justin and all Saints, we humbly ask you to hear our prayers and multiply the ministries by which we may serve You and one another in faith and love. Amen.