The Year of Vocation in the Irish Catholic Church concludes on 3rd May 2009 – Vocations Sunday. Get details of final events.


Year of Vocation invites you to ‘Take Time Out for Holy Week’

‘Take Time Out for Holy Week’ is the title and theme of a one-day event which will be held on Tuesday 7 April next in Ely House, Ely Place in Dublin city. This event is being hosted by the Year of Vocation, which is an initiative of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

The day begins at 10.30 am and runs until 4.00pm and has been designed to allow people to drop in for coffee at 11.00am and afterwards to take time for prayer, reflection and avail of the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance). At 12.40pm, 1.10pm and 1.40pm Dr Andrew O’Connell, Communications Director with the Presentation Brothers, will deliver a presentation on the theme Holy Week in a Changed Ireland.

A special Palm Cross made of olive wood and sourced from the Holy Land will be distributed in a special gift pack to all those who attend the event.

The event is open to anyone and has been promoted to those working in the area. Last Thursday a leaflet advertising ‘Take Time Out for Holy Week’ was dropped into more than 250 banks, offices, shops and houses in and around St Stephen’s Green, Baggot Street, Merrion Square and Hume Street.

Commenting on the initiative Ms Brenda Drumm, Project Manager for the Year of Vocation said,

“The Year of Vocation aims to both encourage and provide opportunities for people to take time out, in a faith context, to reflect on their particular vocation, or calling, in life. Our ‘Time Out’ day next Tuesday is designed to allow people to drop in for a few minutes so that they can pray and have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation . There will be three different opportunities to hear the presentation Holy Week in a Changed Ireland by Dr Andrew O’Connell, which promises to be thought provoking.”

TrÛcaire’s special exhibition for of their 2009 Lenten Campaign will be available as part of this ‘Take Time Out for Holy Week’ event. Veritas Publications will also be in attendance offering a selection of Holy Week and Easter books and materials for sale.

Year of Vocation Concert – 1st May

Friday 1 May 2009 – Year of Vocation Concert in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin with Liam Lawton and Guests. Doors at 7pm.
Mary Kennedy from RTE will be the guest presenter on the night.

The St John of God Choir with Patricia Bourke D’Souza will perform the Year of Vocation Song, You will be my witnesses on the night also.

Tickets are available @ Ä25 each from the Year of Vocation Office

Vocation Vigils – Saturday 2nd May

Vocation Vigils at the following places:

Clonmacnois, Co. Offaly – 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow – 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Dromantine, Newry, Co. Down – 6.30pm to 8.00pm
St. Brigid’s Well, Kildare – 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Conclusion of Year of Vocation – 3rd May 2009

Event 1:

Mass to mark the completion of the Year of Vocation in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh at 5.30pm.
Cardinal Brady will preside and will preach the homily.
Launch of the new Vocations DVD will take place at this event.

Event 2:

Open Day in National Seminary, St Patrick’s College Maynooth

Saint Patrick’s Seminary is delighted to announce for the first time, an OPEN DAY INVITATION to all men discerning a Vocation to the Catholic Priesthood.

It is not necessary to notify or pre-book your intention to accept and there is no cost involved to you. You are very welcome to arrive on the day unannounced and anonymous, if you wish. It is also not necessary to consult with your Parish Priest or a Diocesan Vocation Director. All are welcome.† The Open Day begins in the afternoon at 14:30.

Click here for more information on Open Day in Maynooth Seminary

A Year of Promotion and Prayer

Over the last 12 months the Irish Church has marked the Year of Vocation.

Note the word vocation is in the singular. Why? Because the aim of the Year of Vocation is to raise awareness of the common vocation that we all share through baptism as expressed through witness, love and service. Within each of these themes and throughout 2008-2009, the specific vocations of marriage, the religious life, the single life and priesthood will be highlighted and promoted.

A key objective of this year’s initiative is for the vocation message to reach as wide an audience as possible so that people will be challenged to discern and explore their own specific vocation in life.

More information

Year of Vocations website

National site of Vocations Directors

K&L Vocations Director

Contact details for the Kildare and Leighlin Vocations Director are as follows:

Rev. Ruairi OíDomhnaill CC

The Presbytery, Ballymany, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
Tel: 045-434069

You can read more about priesthood in our diocese in the Vocations section