Introduction

Advent began in 1969 as a support group for priests and religious, both men and women, in the Catholic Church who had left the official ministry, or religious life. Members meet to share experiences and to offer mutual support. Some have married, others have remained single. The group also offers support for partners and families, and constitutes a renewal group to bring about changes in the priestly ministry of the Church.

Advent offers advice, support and a friendly ear. All individual contacts are treated in complete confidence.

Remember, we are not attempting to entice people out of the ministry or religious life: just trying to help them if they feel in conscience that God wants them somewhere else. Things can get very tough for them.

TODAY...Advent continues to offer support, both practical and emotional, as well as a forum for matters of justice that surround the issue of compulsory celibacy.