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The New Evangelisation

Programme of Formation 2018-2019

2019 Diocesan Pastoral Theme:

Called to Holiness – Gifted for Mission

Bishop Mark has designated the Diocesan Pastoral Theme for 2019 as CALLED TO HOLINESS – GIFTED FOR MISSION. Everything offered by the Department, therefore, has this in view. The aim of these activities is three-fold: a deepening the understanding of the faith; of its spiritual implications for daily life; and the outreach to contemporary culture. As far as possible, activities will be made available in various parts of the diocese. For enquiries about any of the programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You’ll find the relevant contact detail below.

Barbara Davies
Co-ordinator for New Evangelisation

For programme registration please follow the link at the end of the page.


Bishop Barron: Presentation of and reflection on his talk on The Mass

Saturday 17 Nov 2018, 9:45-11:45, St Hugh & St John’s, Timperley WA14 5HL
Saturday 08 Dec 2018, 9:45-11:45, St Anne’s, Rock Ferry, CH42 2BY
Saturday 19 Jan 2019, 10:30-12:30, Shrewsbury Parish Room, SY1 1TE

Bishop Robert Barron’s Talk – Summary in pdf

Venue Information

St Hugh and St John’s Parish Hall, 314 Manchester Road, Timperley, WA14 5HL  Saturday 17 November 2018 


St Anne’s Parish Centre, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry, CH42 2BY Saturday 8 December 2018


Shrewsbury Cathedral Parish Rooms, Town Walls, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE Saturday 19 January 2019 

(Car parking at St Julian’s Friars or limited parking at the Cathedral)

– Mrs Sherry Weddell: Material for use in small groups
In following up on Sherry’s last visit and in preparation for her return to the UK in June 2019, material will be made available throughout 2019 for those parishes and small groups who wish to deepen their understanding of both of Sherry’s seminal works: Forming Intentional Disciples and Fruitful Discipleship.

– Bishop Barron’s talk on Holiness: Presentation of and reflection on his talk at Adoremus, Holiness.
As above, there will be three opportunities to reflect on this talk in early 2019. Details TBC

Diocesan Spring Talks: Called to Holiness, Gifted for Mission
Wednesdays 13 /20 /27 March and 3 April, 2019 (in the north)
or Saturdays 16 /23 /30 March and 6 April, 2019 (in the south)

– VII Annual Diocesan Conference: Holiness and Mission
Saturday/Sunday 18-19 May 2019 venues tbc
Father Anthony Doe (Spiritual Director of the English College, Rome) will address the question: What is Holiness?

A second speaker will be announced shortly.


– National Dowry of Our Lady of Walsingham Tour: 
Thursday 29 November – Saturday 1 December 2018. As part of the preparation for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020, the statue of Our Lady from the Slipper Chapel, Walsingham, will be brought to the Cathedral in Shrewsbury for 3 days of prayer, This will include the dedication of the Diocese to Our Lady of Walsingham. For full programme, see: www.dowrytour.org.uk/shrewsbury 

Bishop Barron’s talks: The Mass and Holiness
Fri-Sun 03-05 May, 2019. A residential weekend of prayerful reflection on the spiritual implications of both of talks. This will be limited to 20 people.


Fr Andrew Pinsent 
Monday 18 February, 2019, Shrewsbury Cathedral, 7pm
In the context of the new INTERNATIONAL DARWIN FEST which will take place in Shrewsbury Town, Fr Pinsent will speak on “Darwin And The Invisible Gardener”. Details tbc.

All Enquiries 

Barbara Davies
0151 648 7286/07730 526 821