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Three men ordained as priests by Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Figures show a rise in vocations since the early to mid-2000s

A Sister makes her final profession (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Vocations to religious life in England and Wales have tripled in just eight years. Here are four reasons why

Missionaries of Charity at Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Vocations to religious life in England and Wales are at their highest level since 1995

Ordinations to the priesthood have reportedly reached a ten-year high (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

National Office for Vocation reports rise in numbers of people entering religious life

Fr Jamison (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Fr Christopher Jamison, director of vocations, was speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions?

Men ordained to the diaconate in Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur)

Number of priestly ordinations expected to almost double in two years

A Sister makes her final profession (Photo: Mazur)

Last year there were 17 new recruits in England and Wales, up from six in 2009

The band ooberfuse performed at World Youth Day last year

The band ooberfuse have composed a ‘dubstep’ soundtrack for the Church’s new vocations framework

Participants at an Invocation weekend at St Mary's College, Oscott (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Let’s hope they put an end to Shine Jesus Shine and X Factor-style retreats

New seminarians at Allen Hall, Chelsea, with Archbishop Vincent Nichols

This year 56 men entered seminary in England and Wales