Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton

22/08/2013 11:50 am

An important focus of the work of evangelisation in England and Wales is ministry and outreach to the estimated four million non-churchgoing, sometimes called ‘lapsed’, Catholics. While the lapsation of baptised is not new within the Catholic community, the worry and anxiety experienced by parents, siblings and grandparents of non-churchgoing baptised, is deep and heartfelt. We all hold in our hearts at least one person in our family who seems disconnected from the life of the Church.

I therefore encourage you to use the materials being offered to invite those closest to you to re-connect with their faith and their local parish, mindful that this is not an ‘us’ and ‘them’ model of ministry, but that we are all in need of deepening our relationship with Christ. Thank you and God bless you.

Rt Rev Kieran Conry
Bishop of Arundel and Brighton