Vocations evening draws large numbers in Armagh

The Synod Hall in Armagh was packed to capacity as people gathered for a special evening: “Great people, great stories, come and listen.” The evening, organised by the Diocesan Vocations Team, saw two people sharing their vocation stories.

The first speaker was Bro. Ronan Lennon, a St John of God Brother who has worked in several countries throughout the world, and is the former Provincial of the Order. He said his religious life was one  into which he had grown, and as in everyday living he got out of it what he  put into it through facing life’s “ups and downs” and challenges.

He was followed by Martina Purdy, a former journalist with the BBC who is now a postulant with the Sisters of Adoration and Reparation in Belfast. Martina began by reflecting on reactions to her decision to join the sisters which were, as she had anticipated, very varied. She said “people are oftentimes afraid to give their will to the Lord” but “doing the Lord’s will leads to joy; doing our own will leads to misery”.

The evening began with prayer, led by members of Armagh Diocesan Vocations Team, complemented by uplifting hymns from St Catherine’s College Choir.