News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool
On 10 April Bishop Tom Williams celebrated Mass for Marie Grace, who was consecrated into the Order of Virgins. The celebration took place at St Patrick's, Clinkham Wood, St Helens, her home parish.
Among the concelebrants were Father Godric Timney OSB, Episcopal Vicar for Religious; Canon Tom Neylon, Pastoral Area Dean; Father Kevan O'Brien, Parish Priest of St Parick’s, and Father Malcolm Prince, together with Deacons Mike McGlynn and Kevin Duffy.
Marie, pictured with Bishop Tom, had been discerning her vocation for several years and was delighted when Archbishop Malcolm McMahon accepted her request to become a Consecrated Virgin.
The Order of Virgins goes back to the 3rd and 4th centuries in the early Church, since the Second Vatican Council it has experienced a revival and a steady gaining of popularity internationally. There are currently about 3000 Consecrated Virgins worldwide, with over 200 in the United Kingdom and several in the Liverpool Archdiocese.
Further information about this vocation, is available on the National Vocations website at www.uk.vocation.org