Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Walk For Vocations

Via National Catholic Register

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Middlesbrough, (England) John Crowley, is setting out to walk the length of his diocese, which stretches as far south as Hull, in a week.
The walk is intended to focus on Vocations to Priesthood. Every parish has been asked to pray for more priests and the walk will raise the profile of the priesthood as a way of life. All the walks will be about 10 miles, starting in Hull on Sunday and moving through Hornsea, Bridlington, Scarborough, Whitby, Egton Bridge, Staithes, Saltburn and finishing on Saturday, August 12, at St Mary's Cathedral, Middlesbrough. The bishop and a core group of walkers will be joined by people from different parishes each day. They will begin walking at 11am after registering and taking part in morning prayers. Each day's walk will end in the late afternoon. The walkers will join one of the coastal parishes for Mass at 7pm. Each Mass will focus on one of the seven sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Mass, Marriage, Ordination and the Sacrament of the Sick. Bishop John, who became the sixth Bishop of Middlesbrough in 1993, is a keen walker. He hopes that in addition to the core group of people who will join him all week, that parishioners from across the diocese will join in for one or more of the daily sections. The diocese covers most of North Yorkshire, the whole of East Yorkshire, some parts of County Durham south of the River Tees, York, Hull and Middlesbrough. The walk is one of the initiatives being undertaken in the diocese following the publication in July of the Pastoral Plan for its future development. Details of the walk are available on the website

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