Sunday 29 October 2023 marks the beginning of a period of a second collection in parishes for the Clergy Training Fund.

You can make a donation to the fund through the annual collection in parish, or via the donation page on the Diocesan website here.

The Clergy Training Fund is used to support the formation of Diocesan seminarians, who receive no funding from the state. It also supports the training of Permanent Deacons and the ongoing formation of all Clergy, helping them to grow and adapt in their ministry. Due to the impact of Covid-19, your generosity is needed now more than ever.

Father John Bagnall, Diocesan Director of Priestly Vocations adds:

In the life of our parishes and partnerships we rely upon the service of one another to build up the Church. It is through prayer and the joy of serving others that we find our vocation, our calling in Christ. Among the various ways God calls us the Lord Jesus himself established the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the threefold ministry of bishops, priests and deacons. Through the laying on of hands, priests and deacons share in a very special way the ministry of Jesus who came not to be served but to serve.

Our priests walk alongside us in the good and more challenging moments of life, they celebrate the sacraments for us, particularly the Holy Eucharist. Priests and deacons preach the gospel and are a reminder to us of the love of Jesus. In July this year our Diocese was blessed with the ordination of two new priests, Paul Kilduff and Endre Kormos and two new permanent deacons, Alison Rebello and Patrick Rutherford.

To read the appeal letter in full click here, or to make a donation click here.