Through talking, sharing and praying, we hope that we can encourage all of us in our diocesan families to develop new strategies to accompany each other as the People of God to grow in our faith and meet the Lord in the sacramental life of the Church.
What: Evangelisation Conference: The Art of Accompaniment
Where: Liverpool Hope University. Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD
When: Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2023
This conference will look to address the following:
Through talking, sharing and praying, we hope that we can encourage all of us in our diocesan families to develop new strategies to accompany each other as the People of God to grow in our faith and meet the Lord in the sacramental life of the Church. We hope to share the good practices that are already part of our diocesan catechetical life and seek to hear afresh how to Lord is speaking to his Church.
Archbishop Mark O’Toole, Archbishop of Cardiff, Head of Department of Evangelisation and Discipleship
Archbishop Mark O’Toole gave a wide-ranging keynote address on the very definition and practise of accompaniment couched in the teachings of Popes and Saints, Desert Fathers and Mothers, and underpinned by Scripture.
Dr Phil McCarthy, Head of ‘In Search of God’ pilgrimage project
David Wells, Catechist
Rev Dr Jan Nowotnik, Director of Mission – CBCEW
Bishop Peter Brignall, preaching in Liverpool Hope University’s chapel, used a familiar Old Testament story to illustrate the key principles of evangelisation that have care and accompaniment at heart.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105.
How can we approach Scripture in different ways and contexts to accompany us on our faith journey. Exploring a variety of Bible texts, art and other resources, we will see how Scripture can speak to everyone.
Fleur Dorrell is the Catholic Scripture Engagement Manager for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Bible Society. She is the national co-ordinator of the God who Speaks initiative.
Encounter, Discipleship and Mission
Sr Elaine Penrice
Sr Elaine together with the National Office for Vocation will explore these areas and how each is linked to vocation and living this on a daily basis. Pope Francis states: ‘no vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love. Did not Jesus say: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn 13:35). With the belief that vocation starts with evangelisation, NOV’s work focuses on all ages, but in particular on work with young people and how to accompany them in their faith, helping them with their vocation.
Sr Elaine Penrice is the Director of The National Office for Vocation, an office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. It serves to bring about a culture of vocation within the Church, helping and guiding people with their discernment and hearing what God’s call is for each of them
Some Definite Service: A fresh approach to diocesan renewal
A fundamental shift in the provision of diocesan support for parish growth in Evangelisation, Catechesis and Formation is taking place in the Archdiocese of Southwark. Members of the Agency for Evangelisation and Catechesis will share the theory, insights and practical examples of this cultural shift to diocesan support defined by and based on intentional accompaniment.
Mark Nash is the Director of the Agency for Evangelisation and Catechesis in The Archdiocese of Southwark.