Adult Formation for Mission

Year of St Joseph

On the 8th December 2020, Pope Francis announced that there would be a Year of St Joseph from 8th December 2020 to 8th December 2021. This was to celebrate the 150th anniversary of St Joseph being declared the Patron of the Universal Church. To join in these celebrations the Diocese has produced a Novena to St Joseph leading to his feast day 19th March. The Novena takes as its focus the different groups or causes that claim St Joseph as their Patron Saint, as well as the themes of Pope Francis’ letter launching the year. The Novena can be downloaded as a whole booklet here or you can email: with ‘St Joseph Novena’ in the subject line to receive daily emails with the prayers for that day between 10th - 18th March.



Click on the link below to view our booklet of online resources for Lent 2021

Welcome to our new Director of Adult Formation for Mission!!

We are very excited to announce Joe Hopkins has been appointed in the above post.

Bishop Patrick writes: 'I'm delighted to announce that, following interviews of some great candidates, Joe Hopkins has been appointed as our Diocesan Director of Adult Formation for Mission. Joe is currently Lead Lay Chaplain to the St. Ralph Sherwin CMAT and he will take up his new post in August. He brings theological expertise, a variety of catechetical experience and great zeal for mission in our diocese. I look forward to working with Joe to make my three themes of 'Encounter, Discipleship and Missionary Discipleship' a living reality across the diocese. I'm sure that you will join me in both welcoming and supporting Joe as he begins this important role. I leave you with a few words from Joe:

'I'm really excited about taking up this important post. I'm looking forward to working with the clergy and laity in our parishes in enabling a culture of 'Encounter, Discipleship and Missionary Discipleship.' My desire is that every person in our diocese will experience afresh, an encounter with God and his life changing love, that they will grow as faithful and fruitful disciples of Jesus Christ and feel equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be missionary disciples; people who witness to their faith by word and action in the Church and the world.’

We look forward to a great working relationship and hold him in our prayers.


A short course has been compiled by the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and Adult Advisers Team. You can use as much or as little of it as you need. A hard copy can be sent by post. Email

Downloads here

Venerable Carlo Acutis: a Saint for the Digital Age

A computer geek who dedicated his life to Jesus, Carlo Acutis died in 2006 at the age of 15, but is already on his way to sainthood! Learn how his life inspires us to embrace the digital age for evangelisation and catechesis in this extract from our new book Online With Saints:

Carlo was a computer geek. He was born in London and grew up in Milan. His great passion was computers, and he had a vast knowledge of programming. He created websites, designed leaflets and edited films or comics. He also found time to do volunteer charity work in an orphanage and with elderly people. He loved to joke and laugh, but also tried to treat everyone well.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The most important thing for him was: ‘To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan.’ From an early age, he had a great devotion to the Eucharist and tried to attend Mass every day, first surprising his parents, then taking them with him. He called the Eucharist ‘my highway to heaven.’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Before or after Mass he prayed in front of the tabernacle, where the sacrament of the Eucharist is preserved. He also had a great love for Mary, and often prayed the rosary. Probably this is why, in 2006, he was able to accept his diagnosis of acute leukemia with such faith and calmness. In his prayer, he offered his pain to God for Pope Benedict XVI and the Church. He died a few days later at the age of 15.⠀


with David Wells

Over 400 people attended these events - thank you

  • Blessed Sacrament Procession 2017

Outside the City Documentary Release

This very moving and inspirational film will be released on 8th June on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and DVD. You can pre-order a DVD already at



Adult Faith Formation

POPE FRANCIS: "Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. (EG 49). The Church which 'goes forth' is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. (EG24).

Bishop Patrick, in his homily, states that there is potential in our diocese to become more outward-looking and missionary in its sense of purpose and direction. This is achievable by having a strong spiritual foundation which will be firmly in place over the next few years. The 3 themes are:




We held our first Diocesan ADMINISTRATORS DAY on Saturday 12th October 2019 at Trinity School, Nottingham.

Thank you to all that attended. Bishop Patrick welcomed and Karen Foong followed, as keynote speaker.

3 sessions: Accounting, GDPR, Health & Safety

As the day was a success, we will be holding 3 future dates in counties in 2020 2021. If you would like more information, to comment on the day or to suggest anything that you think should be covered, email Diane:

Catechist Training Day

Thank you to the 240 people who attended the event on Saturday July 13th 2019 for a training day with David Wells. He inspired many of us to return to parishes with renewed enthusiasm. More events to come.

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