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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West Malling, Kent
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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.
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