Fr Jan Nowotnik to talk on Synodality at Cathedral

Brentwood Cathedral’s Second Lenten Talk on Synodality will be delivered by Fr Jan Nowotnik on Wednesday 28 February at 7.30pm.  Fr Jan works for the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales as Director of Mission and National Ecumenical Officer.  Everyone is welcome to attend the talk; there will be an opportunity for questions afterwards.


Biography for Fr Jan Nowotnik

Fr Jan Nowotnik is a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, ordained in November 1998. Following his ordination, he worked in various parishes and pastoral settings within the Archdiocese of Birmingham before moving to Rome in September 2015 to begin further studies in theology.

During his time in Rome, he became a member of the Russell Berrie Foundation’s John Paul II Centre for Interreligious Dialogue based within the Ecumenical Faculty of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) and continues to support the foundation, mainly promoting the need for Catholic-Jewish dialogue.

He gained his Licence in Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in 2017 writing his dissertation on: ‘How the teaching of Extra Ecclesian nulla salus has developed with particular reference to the renewal of the Second Vatican Council and the Church’s teaching on religious freedom’.

He completed his STD in Theology at the Angelicum in October 2022. The tittle of his doctoral thesis was ‘The Ecclesiology of the local Church at Vatican II and in the post-conciliar magisterium: as a way for a Synodal Church’.

Since September 2020 he has been Director of Mission and National Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. During this time, he has been part of the team coordinating the synodal work for the Bishops’ Conference. He was a member of the group that coordinated the National Synthesis and attended the European continental phase of the synod in Prague as part of the in-person delegation.

Apart from his native English, Fr Jan speaks Italian, French, Polish and Spanish.

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