Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church

Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church





As the Chief Shepherd of our Diocese of Portsmouth,


It is a VISION

that can be summed up in one line:


Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.


Rt. Rev. Philip Egan BA, STL, PhD

Bishop of Portsmouth

 

Our four main priorities...

1

 TO GO OUT ON MISSION TO EVERYONE

That we enable many more to hear the Gospel and to come to know, serve and love Jesus Christ in the saving communion of His Catholic Church, so that, persevering in faith, hope and charity, they may one day reach the happiness of Heaven.
"Go, make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:19)

2

TO CONVERT CATHOLICS

That we assist all Catholics, especially those who are not yet practising, to reach a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, to be more intentional disciples and, discerning their charisms, to become more actively engaged in the Church's mission.
"He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, lives in me, and I live in him" (John 6:55-56)

3

TO BE TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON THE HOLY SPIRIT

That shifting from maintenance to mission, we trust more completely in God through prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to inspire our clergy and our laity with constant joy and creativity to develop and realise new, innovative ministries and ways of Christian living.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you” (Acts 1:8)

4

 TO BECOME OUTWARD - LOOKING SERVANTS

That all our parish and our school communities become ever more outward-facing service-centres, brighter beacons of mission, dialogue and service to everyone around, especially to the poor, the homeless, those in need.
“In so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me” (Mt. 25: 40)

...with three areas of special attention...

Focusing on Youth
A ) FOCUSING ON YOUTH
That we do all we can to teach and hand on the gift of Faith through the Church’s Scripture and Tradition to young men and women, young couples and young families, converting, forming and equipping them as joyful missionary-disciples of Christ.

“Fan into a flame the gift that God gave you …”
(2 Tim 1: 6)
Focusing on Vocation
B) FOCUSING ON VOCATIONS
That we earnestly pray for, foster and support vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Church, including new movements and newcommunities, but especially to the sacred priesthood.

 "I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit”
(John 15: 16)
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C ) FOCUSINGON PRIORITISING OUR RESOURCES
That we do all we can to teach and hand on the gift of Faith through the Church’s Scripture and Tradition to young men and women, young couplesand young families, converting, forming and equipping them as joyful missionary-disciples of Christ.


Very well, give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar - and to God whatbelongs to God
(Mt 22: 21)


"When you are totally consumed by the Eucharistic fire, then you will be able more consciously to thank God, who has called you to become part of His family. Then you will enjoy the peace that those who are happy in this world have never experienced, because true happiness, does not consist in the pleasures of this world, or in earthly things, but in peace of conscience, which we only have if we are pure of heart and mind."

 

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati





SEEKING HOLINESS THROUGH COMMUNION


That we seek holiness of life in imitation of Jesus, obedient (ob-audire) to God and ligitimate authority, loving and respecting one another, and filled with the Holy Spirit, that we foster a joyful, positive 'can-do' attitude.

"Be holy for I am holy" (1 Pet 1:16)


...above all, that we become more holy.





 

Bishop Philip invites you . . .

... to think and pray about being a disciple of Jesus Christ! Jesus has called you personally to follow Him within the Church. he has invited you into a personal friendship with Himself. He has enriched you with many gifts and charisms for service and mission in the Church and in the world. He sends you out in Joy as His ambassador and His apostle.

 

Bishop Philip Egan
BY HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION, JESUS WANTS TO SAVE YOU AND ALL PEOPLE
FROM SIN,
shame and guilt, and its destructive consequences;
FROM SUFFERING,
sickness and sadness, for which Jesus will give you strength;
FROM DEATH,
as He opens for you the way to eternal life in Paradise
 

Some questions for discussion

 

OUR F OUR MAIN PRIORITIES

 

1. There are 3.129 million people living in our Diocese - how can we reach out to them?

2. There are 240,000 Catholics in our Diocese of whom 35,000 practice (14%) - how can we fan into a flame the smouldering wicks?

3. There are 150 priests, 50 deacons and 38 religious communities in our  There are 91 parishes and 76 Catholic schools in our Diocese - how can we make our communities less self-referential and more evangelistic?

4.There are 91 parishes and 76 Catholic schools in our Diocese - how can we make our communities less self-referential and more evangelistic?

 

 

OUR THREE AREAS OF SPECIAL ATTENTION

a. There are over 30,000 students in our schools - how can we convert them and help them come to a personal-passionate relationship with Jesus Christ?


b. We are short of priests, but we are also short of people; of laity truly converted to Christ, of people willing to take responsibility, 'can-do' Catholics. How can we alleviate this?

c. We are good at buildings - but what about people? How can we target more resources at evangelisation, University chaplaincies, formation for mission, the homeless, the needy?

 

 

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Contact the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation: evevangelisation@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

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