In 2020 the Catholic Church in England and Wales inaugurated The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word. 2020 marked 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. In the Diocese of Leeds, the Year of the Word commenced with a special celebration of Vespers of Advent at St Anne’s Cathedral and Bishop Marcus Stock appointed Rev Henry Longbottom and Dr Gregory Stacey to facilitate The God Who Speaks activities in the Diocese. Henry and Greg have been assisted by a number of Parish Scripture Promoters who were nominated by their Parish Priests to facilitate The God Who Speaks activities in their own parishes and communities. Owing to the suspension of many activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bishops Conference of England and Wales decided to extend the “God Who Speaks” campaign into 2021 and beyond.
What’s happening in the Diocese of Leeds?
What’s happening at a national level?
Resources, events and activities can be found on The God Who Speaks 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.
I AM MARK – A dramatic retelling of Mark’s gospel by a Christian actor brings the gospel to life with energy and power – https://iam-mark.com/on-film
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.
The Bible & Gardening – Psalm 23 Garden