Friday 6th March 2015
Students at St Thomas More Language College in London's Chelsea welcomed sixty four members of various Religious Orders and Institutes for a one day Conference to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life and to explore the call to vocation. The aim of the conference was to share vocation stories and unpack the particular charisms of their founders and the day began with a Key note address delivered by Fr Stephen Langridge, the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Southwark.
At noon students and guests gathered for a Solemn Mass celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols and concelebrated by the clergy and Religious who had gathered for this Conference. The College Liturgical Choir sang the setting Missa De Angelis and the anthem Panis Anglicus and the College's Gospel Choir sang some beautiful meditational music during the distribution of Holy Communion.
Ordinariate priest, Fr Antony Homer, the College Chaplain and organiser of the event, was delighted with the conference. "The students actively engaged with each presentation and asked searching questions as they explored what it means to live the Consecrated life in the Twenty First century. It is hoped this event will raise the profile of these men and women who have actively consecrated themselves to the service of the Lord in response to the needs of our world. The Consecrated life is such a beautiful, dynamic and wonderful force for good in our world and the witness of these men and women certainly stirred the hearts and minds of our whole community challenging each of us to consider afresh the invitation of Christ made at our Baptism".
Guests from different Religious Orders and Institutions included the Canons of Pemontre in Chelmsford, the Benedictines of Farnborough Abbey and Quarr Abbey, The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary in kingstanding, The Sisters of Reconciliation in Walsingham, The Franciscans of the Renewal, the Comboni Sisters, the Grey Friars, the Dominican Sisters from the New Forest, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, the Poor Clare's from Arkley, Sisters from Littlemore near Oxford, Poor servants of the Mother of God, the Little Sisters of the Poor, Missionary Sisters from Bromley, Members of the Society of Jesus, Sisters of Christ in Wimbledon, Carmelite Missionaries, Holy Cross Missionaries as well as students and seminarians from Allen Hall in Chelsea.