St MacNissi's
Catholic Church
Randalstown

St Joseph's Young Priests' Society

What is St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society?

It is a Catholic lay organisation which exists to help student clerics on their journey to priesthood. The Society fosters vocations to the priesthood and religious life. It assists students for the priesthood both financially and by prayer. It promotes the vocation of the laity and fosters a greater understanding and love of the Mass.

Pope John Paul said: "It is everyone’s responsibility to pray daily for vocation.”

Rev Fr Con Boyle is our Chaplain. Our members meet monthly on the second Wednesday of the month for a prayer meeting. At present we have 8 members. We also have a number of associate members. There are 24 Branches in our Diocese which has around 88 Parishes. Three of our members meet with Fr John Murray Vocational Director in St. Malachy’s College 4 times during the year.

 

We meet with other branches each year at Our Lady’s Shrine at Knock which is the Society’s main celebration of the year. St. Joseph was the one who offered Mary the support and encouragement that she needed in making her generous response, a response that she had to make and remake continually.

 

Prior to the formal opening of the Year of Vocations April 2008 - May 2009 Bishop Donal McKeown, Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor and Chairman of the Bishop’s Commission on Vocations addressed the Dublin Provincial Congress of the Society. In his address Bishop McKeown concentrated on Vocation in an overall context and on its three essential elements;

  • The call to life - Holiness
  • The call to belonging and community
  • The call to serve - Service

Having reflected on Vocation in general, he turned specifically to the call to Priesthood this after all being, the focal reason for the Society’s existence.

The challenge for many in Ireland is to help people to re-discover a form of prayer that is based not just on routine but a relationship with God and to know God’s love.

It is only in prayer and in a praying community that people can find space to hear God’s call over the noise of ads & aberrations that threaten to drown out the spiritual hunger in us all.

Our concern today might still be about financial poverty recognised by our founders as a handicap to Vocations but for us a greater problem is the poverty of Vocations. With the Eucharistic Congress being held in Dublin 2012 the time seems right for us in the Society to promote Adoration of the Blessed Eucharist and the Holy Hour and may the guidance of the Holy Spirit be with each one of us as we put a deep trust in Jesus Mary & St. Joseph.

 

Why not join us and support our efforts?

Please contact Parish Office on  028 9447 2103 

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