Called to Witness at Harvington Hall

Called to Witness

A vocations event for young people (18+)

Saturday 4th May 2019,

Feast of the Martyrs of England & Wales


This is a unique event for young people to help reflect and discern their own Christian vocation, in the light of the lay and priestly martyrs of the English Reformation, in the evocative setting of Harvington Hall.

Historian Professor Judith Champ will speak about the martyr tradition, presented in the backdrop of 16th century England, with accounts of stories local to Harvington, about family and community, witness and vocation.

Sr. Gemma Simmonds CJ will talk about the challenge of contemporary Christian life and what forms ‘martyrdom’ takes today as we strive to live lives of witness to the Gospel.


Harvington Hall, Harvington, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 4LR.

COSTS: Only £10 per head for those attending to include refreshments.

Attendees will make their own way to Harvington and bring a packed lunch.

OUTLINE OF THE DAY (subject to change)

10:00 Arrivals – tea/coffee – Introductions

10:30 Talk: Prof. Judith Champ – Great Chamber

11:15 Split into two groups to do a “journey in faith” tour of Havington Hall, its grounds and the Georgian Chapel

12:30 Mass for the Feast of the English Marytrs – Parish Church of St. Mary’s, Harvington, celebrated by Fr. Michael Dolman, Vocations Director

13:15 Lunch (bring your own) and drinks

14:00 Talk: Sr. Gemma Simmonds CJ

14:45 Discussion in four break-out groups: led by Archdiocese of Birmingham Seminarians

and Vocation Promoters, on questions provided by Prof. Champ and Sr. Gemma.

15:30 Plenary – Great Chamber

16:00 Holy Half-Hour: Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament – St. Mary’s Parish Church

16:30 Tea and depart


Call: 0121 321 5139 (Tharushi Jayakody)

or 0121 321 5135 (Deacon Owen Gresty)