Renewing the face of the earth

Bishop Alan gathered participants from parishes across the diocese at the Cathedral on Friday 30 June 2017 for a day, exploring and responding to the teachings of Pope Francis on the care of our common home.

The Holy Father wrote his encyclical two years ago: Laudato Si’, and introducing our day of formation, Bishop Alan described it as a seminal teaching of the faith, providing the theological justification for our care of God’s creation – our life on Earth.

Priests, Deacons, and parish delegates, including many CAFOD volunteers gathered in response to Bishop Alan’s call, representing half the parishes of the diocese.

Listening to Father Augusto explain the deep theology of Laudato Si’

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Diss parish wins LiveSimply award

Father David Bagstaff and CAFOD’s parish volunteer, Judith Tooth, together with a crowd of people of all ages in the parish came forward to accept this coveted award on Sunday 14 May. The third parish to win the award in East Anglia.

The award was given by CAFOD in recognition of the high levels of engagement through the parish with Catholic Social Teaching from Pope Paul VI to Pope Francis. The award recognises how the parish together are living simply, sustainably, and in solidarity with the poorest people on earth.

“There is a definite process here, spiritual development and plans for wider engagement”

The two assessors, Bernard Shaw from St Philip Howard parish, and Pat Keating from Our Lady in Stowmarket, put the parish representatives through a rigorous check. Continue reading

Understanding Laudato Si’ – Session 6

This is the final of six sessions exploring the themes and teaching of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’: on care of our common home – the Papal Encyclical. This session focuses on the moral and spiritual aspects of this theme, and the challenge described by St John Paul II as “an ecological conversion”. Continue reading