Here in Portsmouth Diocese, we are embarking on an exciting period of evangelisation and renewal.
This is why a new initiative called the “Framework for Collaboration” has been created.
It will draw in parishioners from across the Diocese who are willing to use their gifts, talents and professional and pastoral experience to support the Church’s mission.
The call of Christ invites us all to know the Faith, to live the Faith, and in turn to go out and share the Faith with others – to evangelise.
There is enormous potential for evangelisation and renewal in our wonderful Diocese of Portsmouth and Bishop Philip needs the help and participation of the Diocese – priests, deacons... and lay people, like us.
We are being called upon to work together to assist the Bishop in “New Evangelisation”, sharing the gifts of our faith and bringing the Gospel to the people of our Diocese in new ways.
As we enter more deeply into the twenty-first century and face the challenges of a secular culture, the Church is calling all of us to a deeper faith. We must take responsibility for the work of New Evangelisation, an evangelisation “new in its ardour, new in its methods and new in its expression.” New Evangelisation is not about a “new” Gospel but about new ways of preaching the Gospel. The task is to present to ourselves and to propose to others the Person of Jesus Christ and his Gospel, so that all may come to eternal life in him. It is about a renewed sense of being a disciple. This means reaching out to people in the context of their daily lives and the various aspects of society in which we all live.
The Framework for Collaboration will be the means for ensuring that our Diocese fully and successfully participates in work of the New Evangelisation.
The Framework is an organisational structure that will help deliver the objectives and priorities Bishop Philip has identified for the Diocese across three over-arching Vicariates:
Each Vicariate is comprised of Departments which support and deliver the various responsibilities, such as: Marriage and Family Life; Youth Chaplaincy; Communications; and Interreligious Dialogue to name but a few. Although each Vicariate and Department has particular responsibilities, it will not work in isolation from the others.
Within each Vicariate there are a number of teams, which will be comprised of volunteers. We are looking for parishioners from across the Diocese who are willing to become Framework Team Volunteers and use their gifts, talents and professional and pastoral experience to support the Church’s mission.
A Framework Team Volunteer must be over 18 years old and a practising Catholic in good standing with the Church.
In addition, he or she should be ‘mainstream’, intellectually, morally and spiritually converted to Christ and his Church, in full communion of mind and heart with the Holy Father and with the Bishop, and happy to work under the general direction of the Bishop’s Council.
As such, Framework Team Volunteers need commitment, an appropriate level of confidentiality and a genuine desire to work collaboratively with other teams in the Framework on common projects and opportunities.
Framework Teams will meet about six times per year, to pray, to identify priorities, to discuss and devise policy, to help form themselves and others, to sponsor projects and to encourage and enable clergy and people at local level to work at the task in hand (e.g. activities relating to justice, peace and social responsibility).
Here are some examples of current team work in progress:
• the Marriage and Family Life team is reviewing marriage preparation across the Diocese with a view to improving its quality and consistency
• the Justice, Peace and Social responsibility team is developing resources to encourage the setting up of local initiatives
• the Spirituality team is working to support the Year of Prayer in practical ways.
If you are interested in becoming a Framework Team Volunteer – or if you would simply like to know more about the opportunity, please fill out the form below.
Framework volunteers’ days provide essential formation for team members. Bishop Philip is keen that all Framework team members receive regular formation in the new evangelisation and vocation of the laity. Team members are therefore asked to attend all of these days, if at all possible.
Talk by Fr Pepe (Jose) Claveria: Personal Encounter with Christ at the Heart of New Evangelisation - Download here
Speaker: Fr. Stephen Langridge “The Call to Holiness, Discipleship and the Lay Vocation”
Photos of the day
Please note: the Bishop receives a high volume of correspondence and, as resources are limited,
he cannot always guarantee an individual reply nor can he enter into a discussion.
Bishop's Personal Assistant: Kirsten McGuire kmcguire @ portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
Bishop's House, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3HG
Telephone: 023 9282 0894