(From the UK Ordinariate website)
Vocations Conference at St Thomas More Language College
Students at St Thomas More Language College in London’s Chelsea welcomed sixty-four members of various Religious Orders and Institutes for a one day Conference on Wednesday 4th March to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life and to explore the call to vocation. The aim of the conference was to share vocation stories and unpack the particular charisms of their founders, and the day began with a keynote address delivered by Fr Stephen Langridge, the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Southwark.
At noon students and guests gathered for a Solemn Mass celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols and concelebrated by the clergy and religious who had gathered for this Conference. The College Liturgical Choir sang the setting Missa De Angelis and the anthem Panis Anglicus, and the College’s Gospel Choir sang some beautiful meditational music during the distribution of Holy Communion.
Ordinariate priest, Fr Antony Homer, the College Chaplain and organiser of the event, was delighted with the conference. “The students actively engaged with each presentation and asked searching questions as they explored what it means to live the Consecrated life in the twenty-first century. It is hoped this event will raise the profile of these men and women who have actively consecrated themselves to the service of the Lord in response to the needs of our world. The Consecrated life is such a beautiful, dynamic and wonderful force for good in our world and the witness of these men and women certainly stirred the hearts and minds of our whole community, challenging each of us to consider afresh the invitation of Christ made at our Baptism.”
Guests from different Religious Orders and Institutions included the Canons of Prémontré in Chelmsford, the Benedictines of Farnborough Abbey and Quarr Abbey, the Ordinariate Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Kingstanding, the Ordinariate Sisters of Our Lady of Reconciliation in Walsingham, the Franciscans of the Renewal, the Comboni Sisters, the Greyfriars, the Dominican Sisters from the New Forest, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the Poor Clares from Arkley, sisters from Littlemore near Oxford, the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Missionary Sisters from Bromley, members of the Society of Jesus, the Sisters of Christ in Wimbledon, the Carmelite Missionaries, the Holy Cross Missionaries, as well as students and seminarians from Allen Hall in Chelsea.