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St. Alphonsus Liguori
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Report from our Vocations Weekend...

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Br Charles Randall CSsR reports!... 

"Last weekend at our community in Clapham we welcomed two young men discerning possible vocations to the religious life. One came from the world of work, the other from his university studies; both had decided to give up a weekend of their lives to see if life as a Redemptorist might be for them. They say a good appetite is a sign of a good vocation, so of course, after settling in and giving them a tour of the house, we sat down for supper. Thus they began to get to know us, and we them. After night prayer together in the oratory, and then the dishes (many hands made light work) the discerners were free to retire and prepare for the weekend ahead with some rest.


Saturday began early with mass together, followed by breakfast and then two talks which we had prepared for them: The History of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (very appropriate given that Saturday was our 281st birthday as a Congregation!) and the Structure and Nature of our Apostolic work in this Redemptorist province. After lunch with the community, we made our way into town to visit Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey; it was a rainy afternoon but we took in the sights at Whitehall under umbrella-cover, decked out as it was for the Remembrance Sunday events the following day. 


Returning to Clapham, we joined our parish community in church for the weekly Saturday night novena devotions in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Having voted on a chicken and chips takeaway earlier in the day, it was with relish that we sat down to eat, before recreation in the form of a game of 'Uno'. Everyone managed to win at least one game - though by the law of averages this was bound to happen, given the amount of rounds which were played!


Sunday morning brought the chance to learn about Redemptorist Spirituality and, following an explanation of St Alphonsus's method of mental prayer, an hour was given over for the discerners to pray and reflect on their own about their lives and experiences over the weekend. After Sunday mass, the weekend was rounded off with lunch with the whole community. 


Thus in the space of a weekend, the two discerners had been introduced to all the main elements of Redemptorist life: prayer, work, study, recreation, and the proclamation of the Gospel. 


If you think God might be calling you to our way of life, why not get in touch with our vocations director -  or look our for our next vocations event here,

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