Bishop Stephen Wright has released a pastoral letter for the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, 7 April 2024:

“Dear sisters and brothers,

A joyful Easter to you all. The Easter Season guides us from the Risen Lord’s first encounters with His followers to Jesus’ Ascension and the descent of the promised Holy Spirit at Pentecost. We will celebrate Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church, on the 19th May. Our Sunday Gospels describe Jesus preparing His followers to continue His ministry. Our First Readings, from the Acts of The Apostles, describe the reality of the early days of the Church. Their Spirit filled successes, and their challenges too.

The Risen Lord is preparing us all for mission. He is preparing us to be His Church here and now. At Pentecost Jesus will send His Holy Spirit on each one of us afresh so that we have all that we need to minister in Jesus’ name.

As a diocesan family we have been listening and discerning. That is good. You will be aware that the summary of all the listening exercises and my initial personal response are published on the diocesan website. Just as the risen Jesus shows his wounds to His followers in today’s Gospel, it is fair to say we have been open about our family wounds too. It is Thomas who wishes to see and touch the wounds. Unless he does so, he refuses to believe the good news. There is nothing wrong in us all being like Thomas. We have touched the wounds of the Body of Christ, His Church, here in our Diocese. But the Lord calls Thomas to action. To be His missionary disciple. Our Keralan sisters and brothers and all from India delight in telling us this doubting, despondent man is transformed and brought Christianity to the subcontinent. From touching the wounds to proclaiming the Gospel and bringing Christ to others.” [continued]

Read the letter in full below

Pastoral Letter