Vocations Service

The Vocations Service exists to help those who feel they may be called to the priesthood. We offer support and confidential advice, the possibility of meeting with others who feel called, and guidance and encouragement as you try to discern your vocation.

Contacting the Vocations Service does not mean that your mind is already made up! We are here to help you think through God’s plan for you.

For those who are sure that God is calling them to priesthood, the Vocations Director acts on behalf of the Church. It is his role to discern on behalf of the Church if a calling may be genuine. If so, he then guides the candidate through the process of making a formal application to the priesthood, and through the years of formation which follow if the application is successful.

If you feel called to the permanent diaconate or the religious life you may also contact the Vocations Service, who will help you to find the right person to speak to.

Meet the Team

Fr. Darren CardenVocations Director – Before major seminary Fr Darren spent some time at the Diocesan Pre-Seminary House in Cleator, after which he went to study for the priesthood at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. After four years he was appointed as Deacon to St Clare’s Preston. After priestly ordination in October 2011, he was appointed assistant priest at St. Clare’s and chaplain to Royal Preston Hospital. He is also priest chaplain to Corpus Christi High School and Cardinal Newman College. He was appointed by Bishop Michael Campbell in July 2014 to lead the newly formed Vocations Team.

Canon Adrian Towers – Co-Vocations Director – .