As we begin our Year of Communion we will focus on a Spirituality of Communion and how we are called and saved, not as individuals but as God’s people. We will build upon existing ways in which parishes collaborate with each other and will encourage the work that has already begun.


The Church of Clifton is called to be a people who believe in Christ, who celebrate Christ, and who live the way of Christ.

The Church is created by God to live, not for itself, but for others; to be a people who share in the mission of Christ, to proclaim the Kingdom and to make disciples so that the world will be transformed according to God’s plan.

Our Parishes and Communities should be places where Christ is celebrated, shared, proclaimed and lived, where everyone is welcomed and valued, and all have a sense of responsibility for the life of the community and the world.

We are called to be disciples who not only know about Jesus but also come to know him in prayer. Our liturgies should be celebrated in such a way that Christ’s word is heard, his presence known, and which are so connected to our lives that we joyfully take up the command ‘Go in peace glorifying the Lord by your life’.

Bishop Declan launched the Year of Communion at Clifton Cathedral on Friday 22 November 2019


Here are some of the resources to start the Year of Communion. As we go through the year we will add further resources so keep checking the page

Fr James Hanvey S.J. – Approaching the Year of Communion

On Saturday 19 October we gathered at St Brendan’s College where Fr. James Hanvey SJ, helped us reflect upon A life lived in Communion. 

You can see the full video opposite and also the questions and answer session that followed the talk.

Resources for Schools & Youth Ministry 

Here are some of the resources for the Year of Communion that have been prepared by our Diocesan Youth Ministry team

Stephen K Amos meets The Pope

Greta Thunberg EU speech

Cafod care for our common home

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize

Jean Vanier
Jean Vanier is a Canadian philosopher, writer and the founder of two major international community-based organizations, L’Arche in 1964 and Faith and Light in 1971.
Jean, the son of a former Governor General of Canada, was born in Geneva when his father was on diplomatic service in Switzerland. Jean served during World War II with the Royal Navy and then with the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1950, he left the navy to study philosophy and theology, and began to teach.
In 1964, Jean became aware of the plight of thousands of people with learning disabilities who were institutionalised in France. In that same year he took the radical step of inviting two men, Raphael Simi and Philippe Seux, to leave the institution where they lived and share their lives with him. Together they began L’Arche in a small house in Trosly-Breuil, France.
In 1968 the first L’Arche community in Canada opened. Gradually, more communities were founded around the world by people inspired by Jean’s work. Jean remained the leader of the Trosly-Breuil Community until 1981 and he lives there to this day.
He has been, and remains, an inspiring teacher. His life is testament to a radically different way of living and being in the world.
Jean’s awards include the French Legion of Honour, Companion of the Order of Canada, the Rabbi Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award 2001, the International Paul VI Award, and the Templeton Prize. He has furthermore been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jean Vanier, and those who came to share his vision, learnt two important truths in the early years, which remain at the heart of L’Arche today. People with learning disabilities have a great deal to contribute to society and, by living in intentional community with people with and without learning disabilities – living with diversity and difference – we open ourselves up to be challenged and to grow.
Bio taken from

Jean Vanier Flame 2019 from CYMFed

Interview with L’ Arche founder Jean Vanier

Sadako Sasaki
Sadako was a Japanese girl who was two years old during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Sasaki, who survived, became one of the most widely known hibakusha – a Japanese term meaning “bombaffected person”. She is remembered through the story of the one thousand origami cranes she folded before her death, and is to this day a symbol of the innocent victims of nuclear warfare.
In the Year of Communion we encourage schools, youth groups, Confirmation groups to explore the effects we have on our world using Laudato Si and inspirational people like Sadako.
Use the presentation to learn more about Sadako and pray for peace in our world using the Cranes in a symbolic act of worship

The Story of the Sadako Year of Communion