Some Definite Purpose 

March 2011 - Ministry and Outreach
to non-churchgoing Catholics

Photos: © Mazur/

As part of the legacy of the Papal Visit, a Day Conference about Ministry and Outreach to non-churchgoing Catholics was held at Vaughan House, Westminster, on Saturday 26th March 2011.

Bishop Kieran Conry (Arundel and Brighton), Bishop Edwin Regan (Wrexham) and Bishop Richard Moth (Armed Forces) were joined by nearly 90 delegates representing nineteen dioceses and a broad cross section of Catholic organisations in England and Wales to discuss the needs of those baptised Catholics who for different reasons never or rarely participate in parish life.

The Conference was called by Bishop
Kieran Conry, Chairman of the Bishops' Conference's Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis.

Fr Christopher Jamison OSB gave the main address asking 'Purpose before Pews: What does the Church offer?' in which he suggested that this area of ministry should not necessarily begin with an invitation to attend Mass, but rather by offering support to help people find their purpose in life.

Bishop Edwin Regan presided at the Conference Mass during which Bishop Richard gave the homily.

Preaching on the return of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), he said: 'The key to this ministry is that people find love in us and our communities.'

This event is part of an ongoing project to equip and resource parishes for this area of ministry. Over the next few weeks the resources from the conference will be added to the Home Mission Desk page on the Bishops’ Conference website.

Please see:

More details of th event on the CCEW web site

More photos from the CCEW Flick'r photostream

February 2011 - Growing in Confidence

The Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter
22nd February

The Chair of Saint Peter is a symbol of the Pope's  ministry and its Feast has been celebrated in the Church since the earliest times.

Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton has written a reflection on this Feast in the light of the Papal Visit. (Please click here to download this reflection .pdf format)

February is a month to reflect with gratitude on the Papal Visit - perhaps by visiting the Papal Visit web site (see links below) - and to take to heart the words of the Holy Father at Oscott on 19th September 2010:

‘In the course of my visit it has become clear to me how deep a thirst there is among the British people for the Good News of Jesus Christ. You have been chosen by God to offer them the living water of the Gospel… be sure to present in its fulness the life-giving message of the Gospel.’

Re-live the Papal Visit

The Papal Visit Legacy Web Site
Everyday Evangelising (leaflet)

January 2011 - Some Definite Purpose

Following the visit of the Holy Father to Great Britain last September, the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has published a programme for 2011 to focus on the legacy of his time with us.

It is called 'Some Definite Purpose' and reflects the content of his speeches, homilies and addresses. Now is the time for us to respond so that the Papal Visit may bear practical and long-lasting fruits in our communities and families. We are asked during this year:

  • to know our purpose
  • to grow in confidence
  • to witness to our faith
  • to serve others
  • to seek and engage in dialogue
  • to point to the transcendent.

Under each heading we are invited to consider one way - small or large - that we can contribute throughout this year to the mission of the Church
in England and Wales.

The programme is available to download (8 pages A4 .pdf format)


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