East Anglia is the diocese in the most easterly part of England. Because East Anglia does not have a major seminary of its own, its seminarians have to go to another diocese for their formation.
At the moment, we have one student in a seminary, who is in formation in St Mary's College, Oscott, in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Theoretically, seminarians could go to almost any seminary in the world. Many of our priests in East Anglia did not go to Oscott for their formation. Maybe you could ask your priest where he went to seminary; I'm sure he has lots of stories to tell.
Oscott College (as it is known colloquially) has about fifty students, from many dioceses and religious orders, and East Anglia has formed an important part of the life of the seminary in recent years. Our student in Oscott, Henry, has been in formation for 5 years, and is now a transitory deacon. He will be ordained priest in 2013..
Please pray for the men in formation for the priesthood, and for more vocations to the priesthood. God calls many men to the priesthood; it is the duty of every Christian to pray that those men hear God's will for them. As members of the Body of Christ, it is sometimes also your duty to point this out to people!
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