Readers’ Workshops

To mark the Year of the Word the diocese of Portsmouth is launching Readers’ training workshops which are available for parishes to book.

The training offered consists in two workshops of three hours each, each run on a separate day, for all church readers and aspiring readers. On completion of the two workshops, the participants are awarded a diocesan recognitio.


The workshops offer Liturgical and Biblical formation, as well as practical training, to ensure that the Word of God is read with clarity and conviction. The training ends with a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Outline of the Diocesan Readers Workshops:

Workshop 1

1 hour: Introduction to the Liturgy – understanding the Liturgy of the Word

2 hours: Practical aspects of Reading with small group work – proclaiming the Word with clarity and conviction


Workshop 2

80 minutes : Understanding the Bible

50 minutes : Preparing the Sunday Readings with small group work

50 minutes : Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (30 minutes) followed by commissioning, with award of Diocesan Recognitio


The next diocesan workshops will be happening in the following parishes:

St Michael and all Angels Parish Hall,  437 Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park,  Havant, PO9 5BD - Directions

Workshop 1: 16th November, 1pm – 4pm (arrival and registration from 12.30)

Workshop 2: 23rd November, 12.00 noon – 4pm (shared lunch at 12.00)


St Peter and the Winchester Martyrs church, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RY (in the parish hall) - Directions

Workshop 1: 11th January, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)

Workshop 2: 25th January, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)


St Joseph Parish, 67 Purewell, Christchurch,  Dorset, BH23 1EH – Directions

Workshop 1 and 2: 1st February, 10am – 4.30 pm


St Dominic’s Priory, Shirley Holms Road, Lymington, SO418NH - Directions

Workshop 1: 7th March, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)

Workshop 2: 14th March, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)


For more details, contact Chris Peacock: Readers


To join these workshops, please register here:






Sr Hyacinthe Defos du Rau OP, Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, St Dominic’s Priory, Shirley Holms Road, Lymington, SO41 8NH. Tel. 01590 681 874. email: ffm @

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