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INVOCATION 2012: "An opportunity that no young Catholic should miss"
Thursday 12th July 2012

Members of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham attended last weekend's Invocation discernment festival at Oscott College, Birmingham. They were joined by Mgr Keith Newton on Saturday. Two reports come from the event, the second one here come from Domenico Aquilina (18) from the Sevenoaks Ordinariate Group. He writes:

When I asked myself the question of whether I had a vocation I didn't truly understand what it meant to explore a vocation. It is for this reason that the Invocation weekend was so vital for me. Through the truly inspirational story of the Cure d'Ars, the teachings of the gospels and the guidance of priests, nuns, friars, monks and seminarians one learns that to open your heart to God's will; being honest with Him, we can fulfill the potential that God has for us.

The Invocation weekend is an opportunity that no young Catholic should miss. It allows you to grow as a Catholic, make new friends and, more importantly, talk with people who have been through the process of discerning their vocation. People who are both willing to share their experiences and impart advice to those thinking about their vocation. The simple fact is, a calling is something that needs to be treated carefully and the best way to know how to deal with it is with those who have been through the process and are in the process of exploring their vocation. Discussing my thoughts with those who knew what I was going through was infinitely helpful and fulfilling. Not only this, but it guided me to the path I should take in the future; the experience showed me how to go about both the practical and spiritual approach to discerning my vocation.

A calling to the Priesthood or Religious life isn't one that comes from you and isn't one that is just about you. It is a call from God, it is a relationship with God and, if it is there, has the potential to affect life around you more than you could possibly imagine.

It is for this reason that Invocation was created; it allows young Catholics to have a formation in the Catholic Church, which cannot be given to you anywhere else. I was skeptical and worried about what I would find beforehand, but when I arrived at Oscott and met the people there I realized that I need not be worried. It was the right place for me to be, and I hope it will be for you next time round. Thank you for those who have made this encounter possible.

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