Thanks a million to everyone who gave me such a warm welcome. It was very encouraging.
Why was I there? To promote vocations of course!
The first step in promoting vocations is to increase awareness of what the brother's vocation is all about. So I spoke at a lot of Masses in Reading and in Dartfordshire.
Thanks to Fr Joseph Awoh of St Joseph's Church in Reading and to Fr John Nelson and Fr Richard Maniak at The English Martyrs. Thanks too to Fr William Scanlan of St Anselm's Church in Dartford.
There were well over 1,000 people at the masses.
I also spoke to about 100 sixth form students at Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School.
I hope to be back in England for the Invocation vocations event in Birmingham in July and for the visit of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict in September.