GREAT BRITAIN
First Religious Sister Appointed as Director of the National Office for Vocations

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Sister Elaine Penrice, a Daughter of St. Paul, has been appointed as Director of the National Office of Vocations by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Announcing her appointment, Bishop Terence Drainey said: “I have worked with Sr. Elaine in her role as Religious Life Promoter and as the acting Director of the National Office for Vocations over the last few years and I am sure she will continue her innovative work into the future.”

Sr Elaine currently works as Productions Coordinator for Pauline Books & Media, and also serves as Delegation Councilor in charge of pastoral work for vocations.

“It is both exciting and challenging to be the first woman to take up the position of Director of the National Office for Vocations,” she said, “and I thank the Bishops’ Conference for their support and confidence in me. To embrace one’s vocation is the road to profound peace. The Church needs us all to witness to ‘the riches of the glory of the mystery, which is Christ’ (Col. 1:27).”

During the annual meeting of those in charge of pastoral work for vocations in the European Bishops’ Conference, Sr. Elaine was appointed the new vice-coordinator of the department. We offer her our warmest best wishes!