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Launch of the ‘Year of Communion’

Launch of the ‘Year of Communion’

Bishop Declan is inviting our diocesan community to come together ahead of the launch of the ‘Year of Communion’. There are two events to which the bishop extends an invitation to our parishes, schools and communities.On Saturday 19 October we gather at St...
St Bernadette’s parish youth retreat

St Bernadette’s parish youth retreat

St Bernadette’s parish, Whitchurch hosted their first Youth retreat in July.The theme of ‘Masks we wear’ was inspired by scripture and was explored during the retreat.‘We all wear masks in our lives. We wear makeup to make ourselves feel prettier, we act...
Holy Land Pilgrims return after full week

Holy Land Pilgrims return after full week

By Fr. Anselm, Downside AbbeyArchaeology, Masses, Cable Cars, Prayer, Rafting, Swimming. Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho, Masada, Qumran, Caesarea Philippi. These are just a few of the elements that made up the Downside Abbey and Clifton Diocese pilgrimage to the Holy...
Swindon Youth Congress success

Swindon Youth Congress success

‘Who are you, Lord?’”I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied, when Saul, who supposedly knew all about God posed that question to him.Today we are still asking the same question that Saul asked Jesus 2000 years ago,  and yet seem to be groping in...
Admission to the Ministry of Reader of two of our students

Admission to the Ministry of Reader of two of our students

On Friday evening, 19 July, a number of our deacons and their wives, along with our diaconal students in formation, gathered at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Stroud, to celebrate admission to the Ministry of Reader of two of our students – Eric Holliday and...
Marriage Mass pictures and Homily

Marriage Mass pictures and Homily

The Celebration of Marriage took place in our Cathedral on Saturday 13 July. Bishop Declan gave the Homily at this now annual celebration for the whole diocesan community, especially our married couples. You can hear his full Homily and blessing below.A nice addition...