It is not unusual for a diocese to have students at a number of different seminaries both in England and abroad but every seminarian is aware that he is first and foremost a student of his diocese rather than of a specific seminary. Outside of term time seminarians are expected to meet up for diocesan events including get-togethers at Christmas and in the summer.
In Southwark many people are members of the Invisible Monastery and other initiatives to pray for priestly vocations and for our diocesan students. We therefore encourage our seminarians to visit parishes and schools to talk about their vocation. In this way they not only get to know the diocese better but also enable people to realise that God answers their prayers and to encourage other young men to consider their own vocation.
The nature of seminary life is such that some important experiences can only be had outside of term time. Seminarians are encouraged to participate in activities associated with the New Evangelisation, especially where these involve young people. Each year the diocese will sponsor two seminarians to take part in the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes and consideration is also given to ensuring that seminarians have an experience of World Youth Day.