The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Vocations Sunday 2023

Below is a message from Fr Stephen Webb, Diocesan Director of Vocations:

“It is 60 years ago that Pope Paul VI designated the fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday) as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  On Good Shepherd Sunday (the weekend of 29/30 April) we pray particularly for an increase in vocations to the Ordained or Consecrated Life, and this is right and proper – but as Catholics we know that God calls each one of us in a particular way to know and serve Him.

In our diocese, we currently have four men in formation for the priesthood in seminary,  Rev Paul Moores (Beda), Mr Philip Thornley (Beda),  Mr Alex Noad (Oscott), and Mr Stephen O’Hara (Oscott). Paul is preparing for ordination to the priesthood this summer, (God willing).  There are also a couple of young men at the early stages of exploring a possible vocation to the priesthood in the diocese.

The resources below might be useful as a starting point for people to discover, discuss and discern their particular vocation.

Please do keep our seminarians, and all who might be considering a vocation to the sacred priesthood, in your prayers, and particularly this coming weekend.”

If you might like to consider serving God in the sacred priesthood, diaconate or religious life please speak to your Parish Priest or get in touch with Fr Webb to explore the possibilities. His email address is