Matthew Jolley

Interviewee: Matthew Jolley
Born: 1986, Warrington, England
Interviewer: Pupils from Year Six, Story Wood Primary School
Date of Interview: 12/02/2013

0.00
The decision to become a priest aged six, and being inspired by the parish priest/monk

2.16
Growing up in Warrington and being a Rugby League fan; Catholic schools; considering other job options, like being a teacher

7.30 
The significance of faith

8.25
The decision to study at Oscott and how the seminary at Ushaw was merged with Oscott in 2011

9.26
How the seminarian’s training is split between human, academic, spiritual, and pastoral studies; first three years is like a theology degree; then work experience following a priest for six months; then more intense academic study

11.05
Leaving home and the merger of Oscott and Ushaw in 2011

11.50
Not getting married

13.22
The visit of the Pope to Oscott, shaking his hand

15.38
Looking forward to ‘Candidacy’ in May, ordination, and onwards to being a priest

16.30
A typical day at Oscott College, starting at 7.15 a.m. with ‘Meditation’

18.22
Serving for one year at Master of Ceremonies in the chapel

19.22
Pilgrimage to Rome and to the sites of saints in France

20.14
The role of the Recotor (like a headmaster)

21.17
How tutors decide if you are ready to become a priest

22.24
The meaning of vocation/calling, and God’s call to become a priest

24.05
How people react when they learn you are studying to be a priest

24.55
‘Human’ training - personal development

26.40
‘Spiritual’ training – relationship with God

27.24
‘Intellectual’ training – theology

28.16
‘Pastoral’ training – being a good shepherd

29.15
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

30.20
Learning Latin, Greek and Hebrew to appreciate original bible text

34.14
Why only men can be priests  

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