Fr Adrian Graffy, Director of the diocesan Commission for Evangelisation and Formation, reports that Pope Francis has given enthusiastic backing to the Year of Faith. In his address to ecumenical leaders the new Pope described the initiative of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, as ‘truly inspired’. Fr Adrian said: ‘We are delighted that Pope Francis is giving such generous support to the Year of Faith, in which we are celebrating fifty years since the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis speaks of ‘a pilgrimage which is most essential for every Christian: the personal and transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, Son of God, who died and rose for our salvation.’’
In this spirit of renewal the Commission for Evangelisation and Formation is proud to announce a series of talks on ‘The Legacy of Vatican II’, which will begin in the summer and end just before the Year of Faith comes to its conclusion on the Solemnity of Christ the King, which falls on Sunday 24th November.
Fr Adrian comments: ‘We have a splendid list of nine eminent speakers, many of them from the diocese. They will help us explore the lesser known aspects of the teaching of the Council, providing a kind of refresher course which is very timely in the Year of Faith and at the beginning of a new pontificate.’ As Pope Francis said: ‘the heart of Vatican II is the desire to announce the treasure of faith to people of today’.
The talks will be held on Thursday evenings at Brentwood Cathedral House conference centre. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. Booking is not necessary. Full details are given on the flyer. For enquires please phone 01277 265289 or email cef [at] dioceseofbrentwood [dot] org