St Jerome said: ‘Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ’. The year 2020 marks the 1,600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. It is also the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on The Word of the Lord.
To mark these anniversaries, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have dedicated 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’. In partnership with the Bible Society, this initiative focuses on celebrating, living and sharing God’s Word. The year begins on the First Sunday of Advent, 1 December 2019, and runs until the end of December 2020.
The Bishops’ Conference has a dedicated website – http://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/
At Ampleforth Abbey there will be a series of monthly Study Days looking at different aspects of the Bible.
During the year, we will be celebrating, living and sharing God’s word through a series of monthly Study Days at Ampleforth Abbey, with different speakers helping us to reflect and celebrate God’s Word in a variety of ways.
- Wednesday 11 December 2019
Why bother with the Bible? Opening the Word – Fr Henry Wansbrough OSB
- Wednesday 8 January 2020
The Gospel of Matthew – Fr Henry Wansbrough OSB
- Wednesday 12 February 2020
Engaging with the Bible: See, Judge, Act – Patricia Kelly
- Wednesday 11 March 2020
Contemplating the Bible – Sr Laurentia, Stanbrook Abbey
- Wednesday 25 March 2020
Holy Book and Holy Week – speaker tbc
- Wednesday 13 May 2020
The Bible as prayer book: Lectio Divina – The Weave of Manquehue Prayer
- Wednesday 10 June 2020
Celebrating the Bible in Seasons – Fr Chad Boulton OSB
- Wednesday 8 July 2020
The Bible in Music and Art – Fr Cedd Mannion OSB and Stephen Bird
- Wednesday 9 September 2020
The Psalms as the Christian Prayer – Sr Petra, Stanbrook Abbey
- Wednesday 14 October 2020
The Bible and families – speaker tbc
- Wednesday 11 November 2020
‘Go out and proclaim the Good News’: what do I do next? – Fr Kevin Hayden OSB
For further details, please contact the Pastoral Office
For further information, please also see the PDF found below.
Please pray that, during this special year, we may all be enriched and renewed by the living Word of God. Then we shall be moved afresh to share the love of Christ to the ends of the earth.