Across the Channel:French Synod National Synthesis

“We dream of a Church […] that is ready to move with changes in our society, freed from some of the burdens in the way it works, advancing resolutely towards unity, where people can speak freely, always attentive to the little ones and those who have been cast aside, a praying Church that trusts inContinue reading “Across the Channel:French Synod National Synthesis”

Green Abbey

There has never been a more important time to care for the planet. Decades of aggressive farming techniques have destroyed ecosystems, endangered species and done great damage to creation.The Green Abbey initiative at Sclerder Abbey starts with sustainability in mind and provides an opportunity to discover permaculture, in practice and theory, in the prayerful atmosphereContinue reading “Green Abbey”

New Diocesan Administrator Elected

Following immediately on the installation of Archbishop Mark in his new ministry in Cardiff, the Chapter of Canons in Plymouth this week elected Canon Paul Cummins as our new Diocesan Administrator while we await the appointment of a new Bishop for our Diocese. We still do not know when that might be. Canon Paul wasContinue reading “New Diocesan Administrator Elected”

Synod National Synthesis Released

(Photo: the national synthesis team, from the CBCEW website) The Synod National Synthesis was released yesterday, on 28June 2022. Prepared by the National Synthesis team for the Bishops Conference, it reflects the Synod Reports from each of the Dioceses across England and Wales. These in turn summarised the contributions of an estimated 30000 submissions fromContinue reading “Synod National Synthesis Released”

Synod 2021-23 update

Members of the hierarchy, clergy, and laity, who have coordinated the diocesan synodal conversations in England and Wales, recently participated in a National Synod Day in Southwark Closing the day’s proceedings, Cardinal Nichols said “In this upper room, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we have had a unique window on the life ofContinue reading “Synod 2021-23 update”

England to get third Cardinal

(photo from Vatican News) On Sunday 29 May, Pope Francis announced that Yorkshire-born Archbishop Arthur Roche will be made a Cardinal in a ceremony on 27 August, making him the third English cardinal and one of two cardinals from England eligible to vote in any future conclave to elect a new pope. Archbishop Roche isContinue reading “England to get third Cardinal”

Synod 2021-23: “Our journey continues”

Plymouth Synod report: The Pope’s pleas for us to listen with the ear of the heart (article next page) resonates in Bishop Mark’s foreword to the Plymouth Diocese synod report. Observing that this initial “parish listening” exercise only reached some 10% of the church-going population, Bishop Mark urges us all to listen more intently: “WeContinue reading “Synod 2021-23: “Our journey continues””