Do you think that God may be calling you into a life of ordained ministry? The Church of Ireland Commission on Ministry organises an annual vocation retreat for those considering ordination, and the next one will be running from Friday, 26th January, to Sunday, 28th January, in the Dromantine Retreat Centre in Newry. This year’s guest speaker will be the Revd Dr Sean Doherty.
Sean is the Principal of Trinity College in Bristol. He became a Christian when he was about sixteen years old and quite soon after that started to wonder if God was calling him to become a vicar. He went to Oxford to study English but changed to theology, which he loved so much that he has been studying (and teaching!) it ever since.
He teaches Christian ethics, and is especially passionate about economic ethics, which was the subject of his PhD. His wife Gaby is also ordained and has recently become the minister of a church in a nearby social housing estate. Despite his name, Sean is English, but his dad grew up in Ballymoney in Co. Antrim.
The retreat is financed through the Church of Ireland Commission on Ministry, and participants are asked for a contribution towards costs of €75/£65. If you are interested in attending and would like to know more, please contact Judy Peters at email@example.com
The closing date for bookings is Friday, 22nd December 2023.