The Gift of Priests and Sisters: a resource from Ten Ten

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Primary school children throughout the UK have been learning why certain people chose to follow God’s call to become priests and sisters by engaging in an innovative new project from the Catholic education organisation, Ten Ten.

‘The Gift of Priests and Sisters’ is an interactive assembly resource for Catholic schools which has been produced in partnership with the National Office for Vocation to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday.

Ten Ten interviewed a wide variety of priests, sisters, brothers and deacons, as well as Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who each shared personal stories about God’s call in their lives, what they enjoy most about their ministry, what is challenging and what sports and hobbies they like.

The stories were included in an assembly for children which led them to pray for priests and sisters, and to pray for more vocations.

Ten Ten director Martin O’Brien said:

We were very moved by the evident passion and joy demonstrated by so many priests and sisters.  For many children and young people, those in ministry can sometimes seem remote, but this assembly helped them to think of priests and sisters as human beings.  Hopefully it also helped some of them to think about the possibility that they could also have a vocation to the religious life one day.

Ten Ten Resources is a new subscription service for Catholic schools.  A supplementary document, which provides a summary of the responses called ‘The Gift of Priests and Sisters’, has been made freely available on the Ten Ten Resources website.

To download the document, visit:

About Ten Ten

Ten Ten is an award-winning Catholic theatre company and educational organisation established in 2007. They deliver a Relationship Education programme for children in primary and secondary schools as well as with parents and teachers. The organisation has also developed a significant programme of work in prisons and young offender institutions throughout the UK, as well as producing work in mainstream theatres.  Most recently, Ten Ten won the award for Best New Play at the Anti-Slavery Day media awards for the production of ‘This Is My Body’.

Ten Ten Resources is a new venture, providing online high-quality resources to schools and parishes.


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Martin O'Brien

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Martin O'Brien is the founder and Artistic Director of Ten Ten Theatre. Starting his working life as a professional actor, Martin performed in the West End (Blood Brothers) and at the National Theatre (twice) as well as appearing in many TV dramas throughout the 1990’s. He then developed a second career as a writer, winning the BBC Northern Exposure Award for his play “On Eagles Wings” and writing for the BBC One drama “Doctors” and numerous radio plays. He founded Ten Ten Theatre – a professional theatre company with an underlying Christian ethos rooted in the Catholic tradition - with his sister Clare in 2007. Since that time, Ten Ten has developed a wide-ranging programme in drama-based Relationship Education in primary schools, secondary schools and parishes, currently working with over 80,000 children and young people every year. The company has also won awards for its work with young offender institutions and has more recently moved into mainstream theatre productions, starting with the sell-out production of “Kolbe’s Gift” at the off-West End venue, The Leicester Square Theatre, in October 2013. When not working, Martin tries (and sometimes, just sometimes, succeeds) to beat his 12-year-old nephew on Fifa…

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