Throughout 2020 and 2021 the Catholic Church in England and Wales is celebrating The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word. 2020 marks two significant anniversaries in the history of the Church’s engagement with Scripture: 1600 years since the death of the Biblical scholar St Jerome; and 10 years since Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Exhortation on the Bible Verbum Domini. Across England and Wales, a number of initiatives are taking place with the aim of deepening our engagement with Holy Scripture. In the Diocese of Leeds, the Year of the Word commenced with a special celebration of Vespers of Advent at St Anne’s Cathedral. Bishop Marcus Stock has appointed Rev Henry Longbottom and Dr Gregory Stacey to facilitate Year of the Word activities in the Diocese. Henry and Greg will be assisted by a number of Parish Scripture Promoters who have been nominated their Parish Priests to facilitate Year of the Word activities in their own communities.
COVID-19 UPDATE. Currently Year of the Word events and activities which involve physical meetings have been suspended until further notice. Mindful that the restrictions on social gathering is also an opportunity to for people to encounter the Word of God in new ways, please see our new section on “COVID-19 At Home Resources”. The Bishops’ Conference decision to extend the Year of the Word for an extra year was informed by a desire to adapt resources and events to the current situation.
What’s happening in the Diocese of Leeds?
What’s happening at a national level?
Resources, events and activities can be found on The Year of the Word section of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and in its The God Who Speaks Brochure.
A selection of other Bible-related resources
Scripture and Art – Cardinal Vincent Nichols presents three paintings from The National Gallery in London, explaining their relevance to our times.
The Big Picture – A DVD resource for individuals and groups produced by Catholic Faith Exploration (CaFE) and the Bible Society presenting a step-by-step journey through biblical salvation history.
Wednesday Word – Sunday Gospel reflection resource for primary schools and parishes.
The Bible Project – Multi media resources (films, podcasts, animations and posters) helping to see the Bible as one unified story that leads to Jesus. Especially aimed at young people.
Adult formation Courses – The Academy of the Annunciation (AoA) at the Bournemouth Oratory have a programme specially developed for the Year of the Word.
The Bible & Gardening – Psalm 23 Garden