A weekend Retreat for Single Men * discerning or willing to think about a Call to the Ordained Priesthood Friday evening 27th November – Sunday afternoon 29th November 2015 Cluny Retreat Centre 21 Thirteenth Avenue Tauranga * Open to men, 17 – 45 years, single or widowed Contact the Vocations Director Father Joe Stack VocationsDirector@ThePriesthood.org.nz (07) 871 6109 thepriesthood.org.nz Read more →
From the Director
Vocations Retreat 2015
Message from Bishop Steve for Good Shepherd Sunday 2015
Good Shepherd Sunday – 26th April 2015 Dear Brothers and Sisters The last seven months of my life were invested in the formation of future priests while I was on the staff of Holy Cross Seminary. Our Diocese continues this investment in the person of Fr Michael Gielen who has succeeded me as Director of Formation. Some years ago Read more →
St Joseph did the will of God.
St Joseph listened to his dream and did what the angel of the Lord asked of him. He was completely open to what the angel asked of him even although it wasn’t part of his original plan. Feast of St Joseph 20th March, Matthew 1:16,18-21,24. It is not easy doing the will of Read more →
What kind of love do we have?
“God loved the loved world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.” Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B, John 3:14-21. God’s love is sacrificial and so generous. He was willing to give up his Son so Read more →
Let us be tempted
We begin Lent by living the words of Jesus immediately following his forty days in the wilderness . “The time has come and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.” First Sunday of Lent, Year B, Mark 1:12-15 Lent is a time for us to repent, to change our hearts, to begin Read more →
“If today you hear his voice harden not your hearts.”
Jesus’ teaching made a deep impression on those who listened to him as we hear in the Gospel reading for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Mark 1:21-28. Jesus is our teacher. He is the one we should listen to. We need to allow him to speak to our hearts. Men discerning Read more →
“Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.”
There is something very inspiring about the call of Simon and Andrew, James and John. These two sets of brothers left everything to immediately follow Jesus. (Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B, Mark 1:14-20) They demonstrated a wonderful sense of openness, generosity and willingness to leave everything behind and follow Jesus whom Read more →
What do you want?
The second Sunday of Ordinary time has two excellent Scriptures for men who are discerning their vocation to read and pray with – the call of Samuel by the Lord (Samuel 3:3-10,19) and the call of St Peter in the Gospel of John 1:35-42. Jesus asks the two disciples of John the Baptist Read more →
Nothing is impossible for God.
The story of the Annunciation (Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B, Luke 1:39-44) reminds us that nothing is impossible for God. This is a good fact for men discerning their vocation to remember and reflect on. God can perform wonderful miracles and make impossible things happen. We need to be open to this possibility and respond in the affirmative by Read more →
This weekend the annual retreat for the Hamilton Diocese for men discerning their vocation is being held at Ngakuru. Please pray for these men as they discern their vocation, as we pray for an abundance of Priestly vocations for our diocese and for New Zealand. Kind regards and God bless Fr. Eamon Kennedy Read more →
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