At the end of January we celebrated the graduation of students from our Diocese who have successfully completed the Pastoral Ministry Certificate with Chicago Loyola University. Joining with the other Diocese from across the North of the England these students have completed two years of online study in all things ministry. We had a wonderful celebration at Ushaw College with the students, their friends, family and tutors. Bishop Robert Byrne CO celebrated Mass and congratulated the students on their learning journey.
A key aim for this Vicariate is to recognise and empower the gifts we have all been given for building God’s kingdom, particularly the gifts of the Laity. There are many examples of amazing things happening across the diocese when people have the confidence to step up and realise their calling and their gifts. If you are unsure of what your gifts are, we do have a short formation programme you could follow. Just email us to get more details. As we look to the coming months, we are reviewing the courses that are available in the Diocese and we are keen to hear from you. If there are certain areas you wished were available, again drop us a line and let us know.