A Priest for You, A Christian With you

The one experience of discipleship of those called to the priesthood is never interrupted. Under the action of the Holy Spirit, there is a process of gradual and continuous configuration to Christ.

God does not cease to call some men to follow and serve Him in the ordained ministry. However, we also must do our part, through formation, which is the response of man, of the Church, to God's gift, that gift which God makes through vocations... It is about protecting vocations and having them grow, so that they bear mature fruits. They are a 'diamond in the rough,' to be worked with care, respect of the conscience of persons and patience, so that they shine in the midst of the People of God” (Pope Francis, 3 October 2014).

It is recognised that Ongoing Formation is primarily the responsibility of the individual priest - and embraces his human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral needs. The OGF Committee assists priests in fulfilling this responsibility in a variety of ways.

To contact any member of the committee or to find out more about the distinct areas of the committee's work, please see the links at the foot of the page or contact the OGF Secretary, Gill Reeves, via the details in the sidebar.



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The Hermitage
More Park, Lucks Hill,
West Malling, Kent
ME19 6HN


Upcoming Events and Courses


Annual Clergy Retreat

Five-day guided retreat led by Fr John Farrell OP at the Kairos Centre, Roehampton

10-14 September 2018


Caring for self in a time of Change and Transition with Fr Dermot McCaul SMA

14 November 2017 at Emmaus, West Wickham

 Priests engaging with people with mental illness with Dr Donald Bermingham

31 January 2017 at CCF, Tooting Bec

Christian Truth and Inter-faith Dialogue with Archbishop Kevin McDonald

12 February 2018 at the Amigo Hall

Thinking about Gender with Kerri Lenartowick

15 May 2018 at The Angelus Centre, Erith

Eucharist: The Heart of the Church with Fr John Farrell OP

12 July 2018 at Venue TBC

Advent Day of Recollection with Br Martin Mikuskiewicz

14 December 2017 at The Friars, Aylesford

Lenten Day of Recollection with Fr Andrew Cameron-Mowat SJ

14 March 2018 at The Friars, Aylesford

Contemporary Approaches to Christology with Fr James Hanvey SJ

18 April 2018 at the Amigo Hall

GK Chesterton with Canon John Udris

14 June 2018 at the CCF, Tooting Bec

Personal and Spiritual Support


Every priest, newly ordained or newly arrived from overseas is provided with a friendly, informal visit from a member of the OGF team. Any concerns or questions, if not immediately answered, are then forwarded to the appropriate diocesan authority. Further support and assistance is also provided through the network of priest support groups, the Aylesford Courses or the overseas priests gatherings.

Handbook for Personal Support

The OGF team hold a list of experienced and capable experts in counselling and psychotherapy which is updated on a regular basis. Priests are invited to ask for a copy if one is not already in the parish office for their own support or the support of those in their care.

Spiritual Direction

The benefits of spiritual direction are well-known and the OGF team are keen to help facilitate the search for a spiritual director for the priests in our diocese. A list, again regularly updated, is held by the OGF office and periodically circulated by a member of the team.

Documents on Priestly Formation and supporting Priestly Ministry

The Gift of Priestly Vocation

Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis

Pastores Dabo Vobis

Apostolic Exhortation on Priestly Formation

A Charter for Priestly Formation for England and Wales

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Homiletic Directory

Directory for the Ministry and the Life of Priests

2013 Edition

Directory on the Canonical Status of the Clergy

Rights, Obligations and Procedure