|Fr William Gulliford gives guidance to the postulants for Holy Orders|
The days at the Seminar are full, with interviews for each postulant which focus on each of the nine criteria for selection for Holy Orders in the Church of England. There are also group exercises and input from former ordinands and theological educators about the process and journey towards ordination. All this is under-girded with the daily office and eucharist.
At the end of the Vocations Seminar the Diocesan Ministry Team makes recommendations about the next stage for each postulant, which may include being sent on to a national Bishops' Advisory Panel, which is where the final recommendation in terms of entering training for ordained ministry is made.
As Fr Hugh Broad is retiring at Easter this was likely the last Vocations Seminar he will be helping with. We will miss his years of experience in ministry and his wise and insightful skills of discernment and direction. He is seen below chatting to one of our postulants from Madrid.