"God had created me to do him some definite service" (Blessed John Henry Newman)

All Christians are called to a vocation by reason of the Lord's command to love one another. Within the Church 'vocation' is used in various ways and discovering that vocation is a key step on the journey of faith

The fundamental vocation is the call to be baptised or, for somebody already baptised, the call to affirm that baptism personally. To be baptised is to accept Christ's call to follow him in a new way of life, the way of holiness. As a congress of church leaders described it "Holiness is the universal vocation of every person. It is the main road onto which converge all the little paths that are particular vocations"

Once a person takes seriously their personal call to holiness, then other dimensions of Christian vocation are opened up. The choices people make to express their calling can be in the ordained ministry (priesthood and diaconate), in marriage and family life, in a committed single life and in the call to the religious life and priesthood (consecrated life). Each of these is demanding and people need help to discern which of these vocations Christ is calling them to

Ordination to be a deacon, a priest or a bishop is a Sacrament. The symbolic actions for a priest and deacon are the laying on of hands accompanied by the prayer of consecration. For a bishop there is an anointing of the head. Priests and bishops are called to exercise the role of leading God's people and to be the servants of the flock entrusted to them

Religious life can be pastoral or contemplative or a mixture of both which is the charism of our own Benedictine community at Worth. In addition our community combines the calling of religious life and the priestly calling into vocation as a single person

(With acknowledgements to the National Office for Vocation)





"I often think that prayer - the unum necessarium - is the one aspect of vocations work which we tend to forget or undervalue" - Pope Benedict XVI 

If you would like to join in continuous prayer for vocations click on the Invisible Monastery image


"The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest." (Luke 10: 2).  On the first Friday of each month, there is silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Abbey Church from after Compline (9.00 pm) till Saturday (6.00 am). Everyone is welcome to join the monastic community for some part of this time. For further details contact Fr Roderick (rjones@worth.org.uk)


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Solemn Profession marks the moment when a monk promises to serve God for the rest of his life. On 2nd October 2013 Brother David Jarmy committed himself to the Worth Abbey monastic community when he took the three monastic vows of stability, obedience and conversatio morum (conversion of life)

After being questioned about his intentions and his resolve to persevere in the obligations of his vows Brother David declares his commitment to the Abbot, reads out his vows and signs the relevant documents. Abbot Luke and Father Alexander countersign the documents which stay on the altar for the remainder of the service (slides 4-6)

Brother David then sings the Suscipe, the ancient song of monastic self-offering. The chant translates "Uphold me, Lord, according to your promise and I shall live. Let not my trust in you be disappointed". He then sings the chant three times on ascending notes - firstly, with his arms outstretched, then, humbly kneeling with his arms outstretched and finally, clothed in the full monastic habit (slides 7-9)

Brother David prostrates himself on the funeral pall between the altar and the ambo during the Litany of the Saints. This powerfully symbolises his resolve to die to the world and rise to a new life in Christ (slides 10-13)

The monastic community greet Brother David with the kiss of peace (slides 15-17)

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Photographs courtesy of Emma Duggan

Vocations Links (click on the images)


The Diocesan Vocations Team aims to promote the culture of vocation throughout the diocese. It supports the work of promoting the specific callings to the ordained and consecrated life as well as encouraging the discernment of vocation for all baptised members of the church


National Office of Vocations The National Office of Vocation was opened in September 2002 and is an office of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. The Office seeks to build a culture of vocation - married, single, ordained and consecrated life in the Church
Compass Compass is a programme for men and women who have a general sense of vocation to the eligious life but who want to discern how this might be experienced
UK Priest is the official website for diocesan priesthood in England and Wales
Samuel Groups support young adults (17-30 years) in discerning their direction in life
For general information on the Permanent Dioconate and on the formation of deacons 

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