Pastoral Development

Growing in faith, together

The Pastoral Development Department works alongside the local Church to resource and support its mission.

Formation
Sacraments
Vatican II
Catholic Social Action
Care for Creation
Animate
The Irenaeus Project
Events

What we do

Our department resources and supports the mission of local parishes and deaneries.

We work to enable local pastoral planning, development, formation, training, transition, adaptation and change.

Work that we support

Mission Development | Enabling development of local mission plans by parishes and deaneries within the parameters of the Pastoral Plan and Church's mission.

Catechesis | Development of catechetical strategies, procurement of resources, training of catechists.

Ordained Ministry Development | Supporting the vicariate for clergy, vocations and the ongoing formation of priests.

Laity Development | Adult formation and training ranging from subject-relevant skills and knowledge to spirituality, networking and personal development.

Catholic Social Action | Co-ordinating the work of the Archdiocese relating to social justice and environmental issues compatible with Catholic Social Teaching, in keeping with Pope Francis’ encyclical 'Laudato Si’.

Stewardship | Helping the local Church to plan for a sustainable future by harnessing the gifts of time, talent and treasure.

Upcoming events & courses

Event
March 13, 2024

Becoming a Welcoming Parish

7:00PM - 8:30PM

Find our how we include people of all cultures and backgrounds to our parishes. Guest speakers include: Jennie Taylor, Racial Justice Officer, Liverpool Diocese and; Emily Shepherd of Welcome Churches. This will be taking place online. You can book your place below.

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Event
March 9, 2024
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Wigan

Care for Creation: Commitments, Actions and Participation

10:00AM - 3:30PM

Providing input on the latest environmental initiatives across the Archdiocese, and Care for Creation leadership training. Speakers on the day include Bishop John Arnold, the current Environmental Lead for the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales. More information can be found below.

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, Wigan

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Formation

We offer a variety of formation and training opportunities to support your ministry or your personal growth in faith.

Loyola University Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

Are you involved in ministry in your parish? The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry is a bespoke, online learning experience for those seeking to develop their ministry in the UK parish and community context.

Sacraments

The Sacraments are actions of the Holy Spirit working through the Church and are tangible ways in which God continues to minister to His people.

Catholic social action

Connect with the charities and organisations active in our archdiocese, from Nugent to Caritas, CAFOD, to Feeding Liverpool.

Animate Youth Ministry

Our resident team of young people who minister to other young people through retreats, events and formation.

The Irenaeus Project

This project exists to help people to grow in their spiritual life and to come to see God at work in thier lives - they are based in a retreat centre in Crosby.

Synod Resources

These resources are here to equip anyone interested in the synod and to help all involved to approach the synodal process with an open disposition.

Deaf community

If you would like to join in a Mass with BSL Signing, please contact Fr Martin Kershaw in St Helens. The Deaf and Sign Community Service at Caritas in Nugent offers specialised support in Merseyside including BSL sign language classes, an arts and drama group, interpretation service, health awareness services and support in all areas of spiritual and pastoral life for people who are Deaf.

Dementia support

Dementia friendly activities from the Irenaeus Project include ‘Songs we remember’, a sing-along and Dementia awareness sessions. Please contact Sr Moira Meeghan at Irenaeus to find out more.

LGBTQ+

For Masses and community support, please contact Fr Steve Maloney. Masses and meetings are normally held at St Richard’s, Mayfield Street, Atherton, M46 0AQ.

Connect with us

WhatsApp

Would you like to get the Pastoral Development bulletin directly or keep up with our events? Be amongst the first to hear by joining the our WhatsApp group. This group exists to disseminate information, just pure news curatedby our team.

To join, please send the message ‘JOIN PD NEWS’ with your name and parish to 07449 633 977. Please note that your number may be visible to others in the group. Data is kept in accordance with GDPR regulations.

Our bulletin

Our bulletin offers a wealth of information, tips and resources that may be of help or interest to those who work in pastoral ministry or those wish to develop their faith. We promote events that are open to everyone, either in-person or via Zoom/Teams/YouTube, etc.

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Sr
Lynne
Baron
Sr Lynne Baron
Role
Archbishop’s delegate for CSA
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Pastoral Development
Sub-department
Social Action
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Rev
Gerard
Callacher
Rev Gerard Callacher
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Priest
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Episcopal Vicar for Parish Development
Department
Pastoral Development
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Pablo
Guidi
Pablo Guidi
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Department
Pastoral Development
Sub-department
Social Action
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Jonathan
McGuirk
Jonathan McGuirk
Staff
Role
Department
Pastoral Development
Sub-department
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Elizabeth
Parsons
Elizabeth Parsons
Staff
Role
Training Coordinator
Department
Pastoral Development
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