As we journey in faith together
A Thousand Voices: The views, hopes and fears of the lay faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth
Some months ago, I issued a survey to understand better what you the people and parishioners of our diocese think and what you consider is important as we journey in faith together. I wished to explore what you thought was good about the diocese, that we should celebrate; what might be identified as the challenges across our diocese; and what we may need to put in place to develop further our mission. The online questionnaire ran over Christmas and into the New Year and was promoted through parish newsletters and websites, parish groups and in the notices at the end of the Mass.
I want to express profound thanks to all those of you who took part in the online survey. We had a magnificent response with 1,775 respondents sharing over 40,000 comments and moments of personal insight. I would like to thank Professor Tim Cain, and the team who completed the analysis for the Herculean effort involved in pulling together the analysis of this survey and presenting them for us here.
‘A Thousand Voices: The views, hopes and fears of the lay faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth’ reflects several cross-cutting themes that emerged from the data. Our clergy featured strongly throughout, and parishioners provided a rich insight into their thoughts on the Mass and the Sacraments, on Prayer, Faith and Catechesis, and on Mission, Service and Evangelisation. Click below to download it.
I have asked our clergy to start working with me on developing a pastoral plan for our diocese and to reflect on and consider the themes that have emerged. I hope that you too will take the time to read and reflect on the document. Over the coming months there will be opportunities for clergy to work with laity at a local level so that we can together develop plans and priorities for the diocese so that we can truly be faithful missionary people in a flourishing and vibrant diocese that brings the joy and hope of the Gospel message to our communities and the wider world.
Bishop of Portsmouth