Vicariate for Adult Formation and Lay Leadership

The Vicariate for Evangelisation was formed in 2014 in order to promote the spread of the Gospel and to encourage evangelisation throughout the parishes of the Diocese. The Catholic Church’s approach to evangelisation has been reinvigorated under Pope Francis. You can discover more about his thinking in his 2013 exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.

In 2016, the Diocese of Brentwood began a new initiative, appointing Stewards of the Gospel to promote evangelisation in each parish, and to give lay people a stronger voice in discerning pastoral and evangelical priorities for the future.

A realignment of Vicariates took place towards the end of 2020, with the creation of a new Vicariate for Adult Formation and Lay Leadership. Fr Martin Boland has been appointed as head of this Vicariate.

“The primary reason for evangelising is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him. What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known? If we do not feel an intense desire to share this love, we need to pray insistently that he will once more touch our hearts. We need to implore his grace daily, asking him to open our cold hearts and shake up our lukewarm and superficial existence.”


Evangelii Gaudium - Pope Francis

Vicariate for Adult Formation and Lay Leadership

Episcopal Vicar for Adult Formation Fr Martin Boland