The Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales are meeting at Buckfast Abbey in the Diocese of Plymouth for their spring meeting (12-19 April 2024).

The majority of this time will be spent together in prayerful retreat – the first time in five years the Bishops have had this opportunity.

They will be guided in their retreat by Bishop Erik Varden, who is a Norwegian Trappist monk and Bishop of Trondheim. Bishop Varden served as Abbot of Mount Saint Bernard’s Abbey in Leicestershire from April 2015 to September 2019.

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The Bishops' pastoral reflection on gender emphasises that all are welcome in the Church, but says that the sexual identity of an individual is not a purely “cultural or social construction.”

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales announce Senior leadership roles for Bishops

Appointments to the Principal Officers and Chairs of the Episcopal Commissions for the next quinquennium