The God Who Speaks

2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.



Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.


During the year, we will be celebrating, living and sharing God‘s word with an exciting new Scripture initiative. It’s an opportunity to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God who Speaks’.

Throughout 2020 there will be a range of events, activities and resources to participate in all around the country. To help achieve transformation in our hearts and in our communities there will be three themes of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word. Take a look around this section to see how you can get involved.


Please email Sarah Adams from our Adult Education team if you have any questions relating to our Scripture initiative ‘The God Who Speaks’.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols launches ‘The God who Speaks’:

To launch the project Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers his reflections on Italian Renaissance artist Masaccio’s painting ‘Saints Jerome and John the Baptist’ hanging in the National Gallery in London.

Resources for the God Who Speaks

The Bishop's Conference of England and Wales

have produced many Resources for us to use. Throughout the year they will have a different monthly focus to help explore our three themes; celebrating, living and sharing God’s word.

Lots of information on their website here

The Infancy Narratives of St. Matthew’s Gospel: Fr. Nicholas King SJ

In this ‘Year of the Word’ (The God who Speaks) we are encouraged to give time to reflect upon the Word of God in scripture. In particular this year we have the opportunity to consider in more depth the Gospel of Matthew


Since the beginning of Advent we have been hearing St. Matthew’s version of the Christmas story. It gives us a different perspective from St. Luke’s narrative.  Listening to those scriptures may have raised questions for us. Why do we need to know the genealogy of Jesus? Who are these women mentioned within it? Why are dreams so important in the scriptures? What do these narratives have to say to us today?

Fr. Nicholas King a Jesuit priest from Oxford and well-known scripture scholar offers us three talks which can help us to explore these very first chapters of Matthew’s Gospel. 

Each talk is accompanied by a prayer resource and some possible questions to discuss within a group.

The Joy of the Gospel

Here we have a monthly series of Reflections exploring a favourite  passage of scripture from Matthew’s Gospel 

Each month, a different person will give us their personal reflection.

To start us off, we have Bishop Crispian Hollis who shares with us some of his thoughts on The Joy of the Gospel

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Advent is a time when we look back – and forward – and think about how both affect the present. This Advent, we will focus on the First Readings of the Sundays. These are taken from the writings of the Prophet Isaiah who had to listen to hear the Voice of God amidst the trials of exile and loss and despair. Although we do not face the difficulties of his time, we do have situations in our own lives and in the life of the world that cause us to wonder where God is. The Voice of God speaking through the words of Isaiah can bring us hope and joy as we live this Season and look forward to the celebration of the Word of God becoming flesh amongst us.

The God Who Speaks – through the Prophets

Hexham and Newcastle Diocese have prepared a series of Resources to guide us through Advent by exploring the Prophets