15 May 2014, The Tablet

‘I’m never sure what’s next’

Vocations in England and Wales

It’s no bed of roses, says one young priest, while another wonders when there will be time to pray. But all in a recently ordained group agreed in conversation with The Tablet that they were inspired by their calling and the life of grace-filled service it has brought them Figures released by the Church last week show a modest rise in the number of men entering the seminary for dioceses in England and Wales. But for those who have already completed their formation, it is often said that the first years after ordination are some of the most difficult and a time when a number decide to leave. So what is life like for a young priest today? We hear from recently ordained clergy across the country about how their ministry ­challenges and fulfils them. Fr Marc Lyden-Smith, 32 Ordain
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