The faith of a leader in the Church is encouraging and comforting. It shows us the Way.

Luke Coppen’s interview with Bishop Mark Davies was published in the Catholic Herald’s Christmas edition. You can read it in its entirety on the website of the diocese of Shrewsbury or gain a flavour here:

Bishop Mark Davies

LC: I just want to ask first of all about your calling to the priesthood, at what age you first became aware of it?

+ Mark: My vocation began in a surprising way. As a 12-year-old serving eight o’clock Mass on a December morning my parish priest asked me to wait a moment after Mass and said: “I want you to think about becoming a priest.” That was the first moment in my life that the thought of myself being a priest had ever entered my mind. It was something which until then had been quite unimaginable. So that was the beginning and it was someone else who somehow recognised in me, as a 12-year-old…

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