The ABC Compass programme recently aired a piece on late (or perhaps rather delayed) vocations. Br Stephen David n/ssf who recently joined us as a novice was one of the people interviewed for the programme. The following programme summary is taken from the Compass website.
Compass explores the modern day appeal of religious life by following the personal journeys of three Australians who take up a vocation later in life.
A late vocation is a trend that harks back to medieval times when special religious orders were established for widows, men returning from battle and older people wishing to devote their later years to a spiritual life. Today, many people follow a calling after they have lived out a career-based vocation. In this program Compass meets a former Catholic nun who has just been ordained an Anglican priest; a former naval officer training to be a Franciscan brother; and, a former lawyer and federal politician who is now a Catholic priest. While maturity gives them some advantages, they also face unique challenges.
Story producer: Dina Volaric
You can view the programme on the Compass website