Bishop’s Priorities

In Bishop Patrick’s 2018 Pastoral Letter to mark the start of a new Liturgical Year he outlined 3 themes that would become the Diocesan Priorities for the years ahead:

ENCOUNTER, DISCIPLESHIP and MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP.

First of all, ENCOUNTER: I would like to ensure that people of all ages in our parishes,
schools, and chaplaincies are helped to discover, or discover more deeply, the
importance of a personal ENCOUNTER with Christ; so that they can become
convinced that they are each loved by God and are invited to grow in their
relationship with him. In particular I would like to see the development of times of
Eucharistic Adoration in our parishes, schools and chaplaincies.

Secondly, DISCIPLESHIP: because of that personal encounter with Christ, I would like
to encourage each of us to hear and respond to his invitation to be his DISCIPLES, to
follow him more closely, and to seek to serve him generously in our daily lives.

Thirdly, MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP: that, with a greater recognition of, and
openness to, the help, guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we can all become
MISSIONARY DISCIPLES; faith-filled, joyful and outward-looking Christians who are
growing in confidence to speak humbly of the difference that knowing Christ makes
to our lives, and who bear witness to His love in our service of our brothers and
sisters, especially those most in need. The service to which Christ calls us is always
the action of the Holy Spirit working in us.

Right Reverend Patrick Joseph McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham

Pastoral Letter, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018, 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Over the Years the Lead Lay Chaplains of the Nottingham Diocese have prepared resources to support schools with each of these 3 themes and they are all available to access, at any time via the links below.

Encounter Resources – Advent Term

Discipleship Resources – Lent Term

Missionary Discipleship Resources – Pentecost Term

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