"John Bosco by day but John Travolta by night"

Vocations director explains how not to be a good seminarian

"John Bosco by day but John Travolta by night"

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Madeleine Teahan for Catholic Herald, United Kingdom

August 19, 2013

The vocations director of Southwark Diocese has established a Vocations Missions Team for would-be seminarians in an effort to support their discernment and prevent them from being “John Boscos by day and John Travoltas by night”.

Fr Stephen Langridge has invited eight men who are considering entering the seminary to participate in nine months of missionary work that will include evangelising people on the streets.

He said an integral part of the programme was to emphasise the need for Catholics to grow in virtue.

He said the sacraments could not “magically” transform a person on their own and growth in virtue had to come also from within, by young men choosing to embrace the good and rejecting the bad.

Fr Langridge added that men considering the seminary could not be “John Bosco by day but John Travolta by night” and therefore must resist temptations such as excessive drinking.

He said that beginning in September this year, the men would receive “intense spiritual formation so that they are rooted in the call to holiness and a personal relationship with Christ”. Among the members of the team are a 19-year-old from Kerala, a young man who has worked as a missionary in the Congo and another who has served as a soldier in Afghanistan.

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Source: Catholic Herald