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Diocesan Student

Mark Twain once said “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

Brentwood Diocese Students with Bishop Alan Williams

Selection Conference

Once you have spent time with the vocations director and discerned together that you are to officially apply to train to be a priest in the diocese then you will be asked to submit references and other relevant documents. Usually around early April you will attend a selection conference where you will be interviewed by both priests and lay people. This is usually over the period of a weekend. You will then be interviewed by the Bishop of our diocese and the Vicar General. The Bishop will then make a decision as to whether you enter into formation in one of our seminaries.

Seminary formation

Seminary formation usually lasts for five years unless you are an older man and the Bishop decides that you can have a shorter formation period (usually three years). Also if you have studied Theology or Philosophy before then that study will be taken into consideration.

In the seminary you will receive the academic formation you need to preach and teach the faith. There are also pastoral placements in parishes, schools, prisons and hospitals throughout your time in the seminary.

After periods of discernment you will receive the minor orders of reader, acolyte and candidacy which will mean you are an official candidate for ordination. After candidacy you will be ordained a deacon and then to the priesthood.

In the first instance please contact Fr Adrian Lowe, Vocations Director

Vocations Stories

A Day in the Life of a Seminarian

Saint of the Day

  • St. Agatha

    St. Agatha Feast date: Feb 05 Although we have evidece that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr.In the legend of her life, we are told that she belonged to a rich, important family. When she was young, she dedicated her life to God and […]

  • Feb. 5 Memorial of St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr, Memorial

    The Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Agatha (d. 250), who died in defense of her purity, in Catania, Sicily. After Quintanus, the governor of Sicily, tried in vain to force her to consent to sin, she was imprisoned for a month with an evil woman. He then turned from sensuality to cruelty and had her breasts cut off; but that night Agatha was healed by St. Peter. She was then rolled over […]