Five bishops attend Catholic Parish Summit 

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The Catholic Parish Summit, organised by Divine Renovation, took place at the Harrogate Convention Centre from the 12th–14th of June, with five bishops from England and Wales in attendance. 

Archbishop Mark O’Toole and Bishops Patrick McKinney, David Oakley, Marcus Stock and Philip Moger were at the conference, along with members of the secretariat of the bishops’ conference, including Father Jan Nowotnik, Director of Mission. 

Around 900 people from the United Kingdom and across the world were there to hear about parish renewal, including 12 bishops, 200 priests and around 240 parishes and organisations within the Catholic Church being represented.  

The three days included several keynote speakers, who focused on how parishes can go from ‘maintenance to mission’, centred on missionary discipleship.  

Dr Hannah Vaughan-Spruce was the keynote speaker on the opening evening, presenting on how the Holy Spirit is bringing parishes back to life around the world.  

This led into an opening Mass, presided by the Bishop of Leeds, Bishop Marcus Stock, with Fr Joseph Owusu-Ansah of of Southwark preaching. 

Sr Miriam Heidland SOLT (Sisters of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity) on Thursday evening gave a talk on Jesus’ invitation to healing and redemption before a time of Adoration which concluded with a Eucharistic procession.  

There were also breakout sessions offered, including one called Families on Mission: The Domestic Church at the Heart of Renewal on the Thursday, which focused on how the domestic church is the primary place of evangelisation.  

Fr Jan spoke on the panel during an event called Evangelisation: The Next 10 Years, looking ahead to the Great Jubilee in 2033.  

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