This Sunday takes it’s title from the Gospel of John in which Jesus describes himself as “The Good Shepherd”. It is appropriate that on today the Church invites us to think, pray and provide vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life with the specific intention that those called to serve God in these vocations should have that same care of people as shown by shepherds to their sheep and as Jesus to humanity. These vocations can only be lived according to the heart of Jesus Christ as those who are called to serve, and guide and lead people to the knowledge and love of God. They are called to personify in their own lives the sacrificial love of Jesus for all.

The Director of Vocations in the Archdiocese of Cardiff is Fr. Nicholas Williams. He will shortly assume new responsibilities also as chaplain to Cardiff University. He is available to meet with any of those who are discerning the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood in particular:

The Archdiocese currently has three seminarians preparing for ordination to the priesthood. Elliot Hansen who is studying in Rome will be ordained deacon this July. Dale Cutlan is studying at Allen Hall, London, and has completed his third year of formation. Gwyn Jones is completing his preparatory year of formation at St. Alban’s College, Valladolid. Please pray for their perseverance.

Pope Francis has written a beautiful letter reflecting on vocation in the context of the Year of St. Joseph. It may be found on the Vatican website ref: messages

On Good Shepherd Sunday there is traditionally a collection to help pay for the training of future priests. Given the difficult circumstances of the current time, I would be grateful if those who wish to contribute would use electronic means ,or the envelopes which have been distributed to parishes.

+George Stack

Archbishop of Cardiff

Thank you for your support and encouragement of your priests. In turn, they re-dedicate themselves to the Glory of God and the service of God’s people taking their example from Jesus who is the Good Shepherd of us all.