Last Sunday two new seminarians commenced their studies for the diocese in Maynooth, they are Peter Habimana (a native of Uganda who has lived in Ireland since the age of 2) and Robert Mazewski (a native of Poland who has lived in Naas). Next Sunday Seán Fitzpatrick (a native of Askea) recommences his studies in the Irish College in Rome. We wish all three every blessing as they join Reverend David Vard (4th Divine) and Darren Baldwin (2nd Divine) as they continue their seminary formation.

Anyone interested in exploring the idea of a vocation to the priesthood are welcome to contact Fr. Ruairí O’Domhnaill CC Cathedral on 059.9131227 or vocations@kandle.ie or indeed Bishop Denis or any priest of the diocese. You can also find more information on http://www.kandlepriest.com/

Lord Jesus, we ask your special blessing on all our new seminarians beginning their preparation for the priesthood today, their families and friends who have accompanied them. We pray that they will grow in faith, hope and charity. May their hearts overflow with your compassion, understanding and generosity, and may their desire to serve you inspire others to answer your call.

Lord, give our new seminarians the grace to follow you more perfectly. When they are discouraged or lonely, fill them with your peace and courage. Jesus, gentle Shepard, meek and humble of heart, make the hearts of all our new seminarians like yours.

Lord bless the families and friends of our new seminarians and all who encourage, inspire and guide them in responding to your call to be a priest. Amen.