The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

A New Book from Cardinal Roche

His Eminence Cardinal Arthur Roche has published a new book called The Gardens of God. The book is dedicated to his brother priests and contains reflections preached by the Cardinal “to fellow priests and bishops in different parts of the world” and the book reminds us “that priests and bishops are called not only to be shepherds in God’s kingdom; they are called also to be gardeners in that kingdom, their task to plant the seeds of living faith and cultivate the plot of land given to them by providence – whether that happens to be a parish or a diocese” (from the Foreword by Fr Paul Murray OP).

From the very beginning of Scripture, key moments in God’s plan of salvation have played out in gardens, from the Garden of Eden to the Garden of the Resurrection. In The Gardens of God, Cardinal Roche reflects on these gardens as images of the spiritual life. The sorrow of Gethsemane, the joy of the empty tomb, the intimacy of the enclosed garden, and the hope of paradise all speak to different moments in the journey of faith. Initially developed as retreat talks for bishops and priests, The Gardens of God will also appeal to all the faithful, inviting them to again walk with God in the garden of the soul.

The Publisher is ‘Word on Fire’ (ISBN: 978-1-68578-996-1) and can be ordered from It is also available as an eBook Kindle Edition via Amazon.