Mar, 2024
Bishop Terry’s March Voice column

As you know, we are a Church in Synod and moving towards the Second Session of XVl General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2024.

Just before the Christmas break the bishops were sent a set of papers encouraging every diocese to continue the synodal process, in the words of one of the documents: “To keep the synodal dynamic alive”. 

Every diocese has been asked to continue the synodal dialogue in the way that best fits within their context, both in practical and cultural terms. 

With this in mind, may I suggest to you that we continue this dialogue in at least this way: We are planning a diocesan day entitled: All Disciples, All Missionaries – Towards A Listening and Accompanying Church, on Saturday March 9 from 9.30am to 3pm at English Martyrs Parish Hall, Dalton Terrace, York.?

The day will be led for us by Father Chris Hughes from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. I am inviting all priests, deacons and religious, together with three or four parishioners, to attend.

The day will follow the “Spiritual Conversation” format, which has been used to great effect.From the conversations of the day, we will produce a short document with the key points discussed, which will inform the discernment process for the next session in Rome in October. 

Please note: There is no general parking at English Martyrs. However, there are very good park-and-ride facilities at various places on the outskirts of York. Also, English Martyrs is about a ten-minute walk from York Station. Tea and coffee will be provided but people are asked to bring a packed lunch with them on the day.

The last days of this month will take us into Holy Week and through the Triduum to the glories of Easter. I pray that this year’s celebration will drive away the darkness that seems to be swirling round our world at this time and will bring us many blessings throughout this blessed season. May we all experience the Risen Lord walking at our side. Alleluia!

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