Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark

Priest Training Fund of the Archdiocese of Southwark

The Archdiocese of Southwark is blessed with men answering the call to the Priesthood, choosing to dedicate their lives to Christ and His people throughout South London, Kent and Surrey. Please remember them in your prayers and consider a donation.
RCN 1173050


Deacon Giovanni Prandini, 6th Year Seminarian.

A revelation on the 122 bus to Plumstead

I was born and grew up in Italy. After Confirmation I did what many young Catholics do, I lapsed. I came back to the faith when I was 21 during a volunteer trip to Nicaragua with a Catholic group. They 'peer-pressured' me into going to Confession, but the most wonderful thing happened. It was during Confession that for the first time I encountered the mercy of God. It was a life changing experience.

I realised I could not live my life without God. I came to England and found a job I liked. At the same time, I started to pray to see what God wanted me to do in my life. No answer came until one Sunday I was sitting on the 122 bus to Plumstead. I was wrestling with a nagging problem. Suddenly, I heard an inner voice saying:

Why are you worried? I want you to become a priest.

I instantly knew I had to follow that intuition. So I did, and have never regretted it since. I am now in my 6th year at St John's Seminary in Surrey, and, God willing, I shall be ordained a Priest for Southwark next year.

Thank you for your support.

"No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people"

Pope Francis

Life of a Seminarian at St John's Wonersh, Surrey.

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About the charity

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark is the Catholic Church in South London, Kent and Surrey. It has 175 parishes, 169 schools, and is led by Archbishop John Wilson. Your donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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