November sees a number of key events for us as a Diocese as we come to the close of our Year of the Eucharist. This includes the launch of a resource of ‘Saints and the Eucharist’ prepared by our Diocesan seminarians with artwork created by Fr John Bagnall. On Saturday 5 November 2022 we have Bishop Oakley visiting us at St Mary’s Catholic School, Benton. We also have the launch of the second course of the Accompanying those seeking healing course.
As we journey on the synodal path we continue to meet as the Lay Pastoral Forum, and we have on offer a fantastic opportunity for women’s voices to be heard as a synodal Church with a National Conference being held at Ushaw. On 25 – 27 November 2022, the National Board of Catholic women are hosting a conference entitled ‘Women on the periphery taking centre stage’. The weekend will host Sr Maria Kolbe appointed to the General Secretariat of Synod of Bishops of Rome who is here to listen directly to the views of women in the UK. I really encourage you to come and be heard and to represent what it means to be a Catholic woman in our context. Alongside this synodal opportunity there is a whole variety of female speakers sharing the work they are involved in including Dr Pat Jones, speaking up about violence against women. Elizabeth Palmer the CEO of the SVP, Dr Clare Campbell speaking about Education and being the change, Nalini Nathan speaking on being a voice from the margins and many more. The conference is donation only and we are really lucky to have this on our doorsteps and within the Diocese. It would be great to have local support, come for some of the weekend if you can’t make the whole thing. Please book here.
Amy Cameron, Coordinator for the Vicariate for Faith & Mission.