Fellowship of Vocation

Welcome to the webpage for the Armagh Diocesan Fellowship of Vocation. There are many reasons why you might have arrived here. Perhaps you have been casually surfing through the diocesan website and stumbled upon this page. Perhaps a still small voice within you prompted you to search for information about ministry and vocation.

If you think you might be hearing a call to ordained ministry, then you are not alone. Many have heard that call and responded. They have been students, teachers, builders, police officers, teenagers, retirees, civil servants, mechanics, mothers, fathers, computer operators… the list could be endless.

What do I do now?

You will already have prayed about the questions that are in your heart. The next step is to share your thoughts with others. This could mean talking to a trusted friend or someone in your church. Your rector will help you through some of your queries and refer you to the Diocesan Fellowship of Vocation.

At the Fellowship of Vocation, you will be helped to explore the possibilities that may lie ahead for you.

The Armagh Diocese Fellowship of Vocation meets 3 or 4 times a year and, as its name suggests, aims to allow people discern their calling with like-minded individuals, albeit at differing stages. It is a safe place to discuss thing openly, to learn from each other, to ask questions, to gain from the experience of others who have gone ahead of you, to support and pray for each other, to benefit from the reassurance of the fellowship.

If you sense your call is to be a Parish or Diocesan Reader, you will be directed to discuss this further with the Diocesan Warden of Readers, Rev Gary McMurray, whose details are at this page

More information can be found on two Ordained ministries:

Stipendiary Ministry
or Ordained Local Ministry

Throughout your journey, you will be supported by the Diocesan Director of Ordinands. It is an exciting and challenging time. In the Fellowship of Vocation, you will find support and guidance as you seek the will of God for you.


A Prayer of Trust and Commitment

Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.
(Charles de Foucald)

For further information contact -
Rev Colin Darling (Diocesan Director of Ordinands) Tel: (07925 672340)
E-mail : colin.darling@talktalk.net