News from the Diocesan Vocations Office

On Saturday 2 October, Proximity – a gathering of altar servers from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham – took place at St Mary’s College, Oscott.

Over 90 people attended, aged between eight and 84, for a day of formation, fellowship and prayer.

The day was run by the Diocesan Vocations Office, supported by the Kenelm Youth Trust, to help those who come into close proximity to Jesus at the altar reflect on how to come closer to Him in their lives.

Our morning centred on a thought-provoking presentation by Mgr Mark Crisp on newly-beatified Blessed Carlo Acutis, an inspiring young Catholic whose devotion to the Eucharist is a great example for all to aspire to sainthood.

In the afternoon, seminarians helped altar servers of different ages place this into the context of their own lives.

At the heart of our day was prayer: an opening liturgy led by the Birmingham Catholic Youth Service team, Holy Mass with the seminary community before lunch and concluded with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Our next Proximity will be in Autumn 2022.

For information about the Guild of St Stephen for altar servers in the Archdiocese of Birmingham visit the Vocations website

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Proximity 2021