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Bishop hopes BBC seminary documentary will increase Scottish vocations

The Bishop of Paisley is hopeful a documentary on Scottish seminarians will encourage vocations to the priesthood.

Bishop John Keenan, president of Priests for Scotland, believes Priest School, a BBC documentary to be aired this Sunday, could inspire other men to take on God’s calling and enter the seminary.

He said the documentary ‘offers a fascinating insight into the life of a seminarian training in Rome to become a priest in Scotland.’

He added: “I really hope that the programme will act as a catalyst for vocations to the priesthood by allowing viewers to see exactly what the life of a student looks like.”

Positive experience

The bishop has studied previously in Rome, and says he enjoyed his experience.

He says he remembers ‘feeling a sense of trepidation and nerves at the thought of moving to another country and a completely new environment.’

“Being able to visualise seminary life throughout a documentary in advance would have settled many of my fears!

Vocations week

“Every year, the Church runs a Vocations Awareness Week, because of the severe restrictions we face this year, the normal work of promoting vocations will be much harder, but in many ways, this programme can fill a void by offering information, insight and detail about the daily lives of Scottish seminarians in Rome.

“I sincerely hope it causes some of those who watch to consider what it is God wants of them and how they can respond by considering a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.”

Priest School Airs on BBC Scotland this Sunday, April 19, at 10.15PM.

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