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On Tuesday February 5th, Fr Martin Poulsom and Fr David O'Malley led a Signposts vocations workshop with the Barat House chaplaincy community at the University of Roehampton. Ten students took part in the two hour workshop and then were led in prayer by Fr Martin.

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Fr David O'Malley SDB explores the complexities of life choices for young adults in an overview of the Salesians' Signposts programme and its aims, published in Don Bosco Today, the UK edition of the Salesian Bulletin.

The facts and stories in this article point to a growing need among young adults to look beyond career and wages to find meaning in their lives and to be happy in what they do. The complexity of choice and the short-term nature of commitments bewilders many young adults. Sometimes they act impulsively, reacting against parental advice and then regret it later. Sometimes they unconsciously do what friends and family want and lose that individual spark that is called vocation.


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Thursday, 29 June 2017 15:49

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The Signposts Team pictured at Spirit in the City


A new version of the Salesians' Signposts project, which equips young adults for making life-choices, has been created for use in parishes. Fr Jakub Rusniak and Fr David O'Malley took the new workshops to the national "Brightlights Festival at Alton Castle in Staffordshire on the weekend of June 23rd. Here's what they said about the event:


At Brightlights, we were able to promote a new approach to raising vocational awareness in parishes through the workshops at the weekend.

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The Salesians’ Signposts programme was invited to present at a high-profile careers event in London earlier this month. Anita Morais and Fr David O'Malley SDB were the guests of Heythrop College at their final Careers Dinner, hosted at the historic Drapers' Hall, in the heart of the City.

Anita and David were able to present the purpose and approach of Signposts to a wide range of students and professionals in the careers development departments of the University of London.

The Signposts team was invited specifically to address those students who were struggling to find a sense of direction as they came to the end of their degree courses to offer ongoing help to those still searching for their best next step. They outlined the content of the workshops and weekend experiences, took questions from career professionals and dealt with enquiries from students.

The Careers Dinner has been an annual event for Heythrop College, and aims to enable students - final year undergraduates in the main – to meet and network with a range of professionals in order to learn more about the sector they represent, with the possibility of having work experience and/or internships.

The keynote speaker was Professor Graham Zellick CBE QC (Barrister and Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple; former Vice Chancellor, University of London). Other professionals attending included Jane Leek, Regional Director of Porticus UK, Tamsin Eastwood Consultant at Stone King (Lawyers) and Chair of Heythrop Governors, and Brendan Walsh, Literary Editor of The Tablet.

The very special venue for the final Careers Dinner was arranged by the kindness of one of the Heythrop Governors, Jane Makower Mather, who is a Trustee of the Drapers’ Guild. The Drapers’ Company is over 600 years old and is established by royal charter initially as guild of professional drapers and has now developed into a major philanthropic company. Its location at the centre of the City of London reflects its long history and the wealth that it now shares with many needy causes.

The event was a great success, and the Signposts team is pleased that the London University Careers Service has expressed a strong interest in enabling their workshops to run in a number of different settings.

The development of one to one guidance is still going on for Signposts but progress so far includes the development of a team of workshop leaders, a revised weekend programme and a growing network of contacts in universities and across many church organisations. The project continues to raise its profile in the south of England and will soon be developing networks in other parts of the country.

The next Signposts weekend will take place on April  22-23rd in Savio House and further workshops and training are taking place during lent and Easter.

If you want to know more about Signposts visit the website

Photos: Anthony Kelly





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