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Vocations festival draws 700 faithful

Bishop Mark Davies celebrates Mass at St Mary’s College, Oscott , during Invocation 2011 (Photo: Józef Łopuszyński)

The invocation 2011 vocations discernment conference was held at St Mary’s College, Oscott, Birmingham, on Trinity Sunday, June 19.

The conference was attended by the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, bishops and priests from across the dioceses, together with event speakers and members of the seminary staff at the college.

The Nuncio celebrated the concluding Mass and wore the gold vestments and the pectoral cross used by Bishop William Bernard Ullathorne, OSB, the first Bishop of Birmingham. He was installed in 1850 and retired in 1888.

The chalice used during the Mass was a gift from Pope Benedict XVI to St Mary’s College, during his visit on Sunday, September 19 2010, when he addressed the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales in the college chapel.

About 670 participants from parishes throughout England and Wales registered for the Invocation 2011 Vocations Discernment Conference for a time of reflection and prayer.

More photos of the event can be seen here and here.