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Testimonials

There's a growing movement of missional parishes.

There's a growing movement of missional parishes.

…and there’s no reason why yours shouldn’t be one of them.

See the witness of priests and lay leaders seeing new life by embracing mission and evangelisation.

"I can share the load. I don't need to have all the answers."

“Things were not healthy, and we needed to do something about it. For me as a priest, what has been really wonderful is I can share the load [with my team]. I don’t need to have all the answers. The collective wisdom is much better than my wisdom..and to be an evangelising parish, a parish that looks beyond ourselves has been so important.”

Fr. David Boyd

Fr. David Boyd

Erskine, Scotland

"It reignited my vocation and sense of mission."

“I was becoming a little despondent in thinking, ‘perhaps this is just the way parish life is.’ I haven’t become a priest to just manage decline and watch a community just shrivel up. Going to that conference, it reignited my vocation and sense of mission — and this started off in my parish a journey of hope.”

Fr. Philip Conner

Fr. Philip Conner

Workington, Cumbria

"I became more confident with my faith."

“I knew that I couldn’t keep it to myself. It happened to heal me, but I believe it also happened for me to tell my story.”

Vicki Pawlowski

Vicki Pawlowski

Lancaster

"It can't happen without prayer."

“Change is always exciting and scary. And the reality is [mission] is going to be difficult. And it can’t happen without prayer. So we’re covering it in prayer…taking it gently and fervently, and being faithful to what God wants us to do.”

Deirdre Gilmore

Deirdre Gilmore

Our Lady Help of Christians, Rickmansworth

"The way we've had to think has changed totally."

“…being aware of the needs in the parish beyond the weekly Masses…[we dreamed big], we wanted a parish full of families, various generations, a parish that celebrates its liturgy well, and a parish that’s evangelising and making missionary disciples.”

Clare Williams

Clare Williams

Runcorn

"I want my parish to be alive."

“I’ve been preaching a lot about the idea of mission…and making people in love with Jesus. Now we hear parishioners begin to say ‘I want to get more involved in parish life, I want to grow in my relationship with Christ.’ There’s a sense that all of us are missionary, all of us are called to be saints…”

Fr. Brendan Seery

Fr. Brendan Seery

Luton

"Brought a lot of change in the parish."

“The experience [of mission] has brought a lot of change in the parish…spouses who have never come to church are now attending, unchurched people are coming through the doors and they just want to experience what others have shared.”

Fr. Anthony Njingo

Fr. Anthony Njingo

Immaculate Conception, Southampton

"Be open to new ways."

“When I was young, if the church was like this, I wouldn’t have gone away for so long. I’m 37 and just coming back now. It’s different because I feel like I’m part of a family. Be open to new ways, as long as they get us closer to Christ and deepen our faith.”

Debora Dacrez

Debora Dacrez

"We're part of the mission."

“Sometimes it’s like there are priest and there are parishioners. Here, we do feel like we’re part of the mission, that we’re part of the Church.”

Agnieszka Malinowska

Agnieszka Malinowska

East London

"Everything we do has to fit the mission"

“If we stayed where we were, we would be in terminal decline. Things had to change. Everything we do from now on has to fit the mission. [Parish renewal] was answering the questions we were asking.”

Canon Kieron O'Brien

Canon Kieron O'Brien

East Brighton

"The church isn't just somewhere you go to."

“[Parish renewal] works because St. Elizabeth’s is now a very energizing parish to be involved with. It’s more than just growing spiritually…but also the connection piece and it’s that action. The church isn’t just somewhere you go to, it’s something we’re part of.”

Tom Storey

Tom Storey

Richmond

"Part of this is about equipping people for mission..."

“Part of this is about equipping people for mission within their own families, so they feel they can mission to their own children, and then build up that confidence with their faith.”

Fr. Jonathan Stewart

Fr. Jonathan Stewart

Exeter

Why you need to be at the Summit

We're gathering 1,000 parish leaders who will share the vision of a Church that is missional and apostolic at its very core,
and equip you to lead your parish so that more people will come to know Jesus.
"Things were not healthy, and we needed to do something about it. For me as a priest, what has been really wonderful is I can share the load [with my team]. I don't need to have all the answers. The collective wisdom is much better than my wisdom..and to be an evangelising parish, a parish that looks beyond ourselves has been so important."
Fr. David Boyd will be at the Catholic Parish Summit on 12-14 June 2024.
Fr. David Boyd
Erskine, Scotland
"I became more confident with my faith. I knew that I couldn't keep it to myself. It happened to heal me, but I believe it also happened for me to tell my story."
Vicki Pawlowski
Lancaster
"I want my parish to be alive...I've been preaching a lot about the idea of mission...and making people in love with Jesus. Now we hear parishioners begin to say 'I want to get more involved in parish life, I want to grow in my relationship with Christ.' There's a sense that all of us are missionary, all of us are called to be saints..."
Fr. David Boyd will be at the Catholic Parish Summit on 12-14 June 2024.
Fr. Brendan Seery
Luton
"The way we've had to think has changed totally...being aware of the needs in the parish beyond the weekly Masses...[we dreamed big], we wanted a parish full of families, various generations, a parish that celebrates its liturgy well, and a parish that's evangelising and making missionary disciples."
Clare Williams
"I was becoming a little despondent in thinking, 'perhaps this is just the way parish life is.' I haven't become a priest to just manage decline and watch a community just shrivel up. Going to that conference, it reignited my vocation and sense of mission — and this started off in my parish a journey of hope."
Fr. Philip Conner
Workington, Cumbria
"Change is always exciting and scary. And the reality is [mission] is going to be difficult. And it can't happen without prayer. So we're covering it in prayer...taking it gently and fervently, and being faithful to what God wants us to do."
Deirdre Gilmore
"The experience [of mission] has brought a lot of change in the parish...spouses who have never come to church are now attending, unchurched people are coming through the doors and they just want to experience what others have shared."
Fr. Anthony Njingo
Winchester, Hampshire
"When I was young, if the church was like this, I wouldn't have gone away for so long. I'm 37 and just coming back now. It's different because I feel like I'm part of a family. Be open to new ways, as long as they get us closer to Christ and deepen our faith."
Debora Dacrez
Lancaster
"In Poland, it's more like there are priest sand there are parishioners. Here, we do feel like we're part of the mission, that we're part of the Church
Agnieszka Malinowska
East Brighton

"I can share the load"

Fr. David Boyd
St. John Bosco & St. Bernadette
Erskine, Scotland

"I don't need to have all the answers...

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