‘Year of the God Who Speaks’ to begin with Genesis


The Year of the God Who Speaks will be formally opened by Bishop Alan Williams sm on 12 October, at the first of a series of study days at Gidea Park. The Year marks the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Biblical Federation, the worldwide organisation set up after Vatican II to promote understanding and love of the Bible (www.c-b-f.org/ ) as well as the 1600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, who produced the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible.

Fr Adrian Graffy, a Scripture scholar and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, is organising a range of events in our diocese for the special year, which is being promoted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales at www.godwhospeaks.uk. He says: “Everyone is welcome  to come and learn more about the Bible and listen to our distinguished speakers, who include: Fr Nicholas King SJ (Campion Hall, Oxford), Prof Nuria Calduch Benages (Pontifical Biblical Institute, Pontifical Biblical Commission) and Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP (Blackfriars, Oxford). In the first study day – ‘Beginning with Genesis’ – I will be taking a fresh look at the stories of Adam and Eve, and the expulsion from the Garden of Eden.”

The day will also see the relaunch of the ‘whatgoodnews’, evangelisation website. Says Fr Adrian: “The website has been simplified and improved and will focus on weekly gospel reflections alongside a large archive of study days given at Brentwood and Gidea Park in the past. While all the talks in the Year of the God who Speaks will be added to the website at a later date, I think those who can attend in person will find the sessions very enjoyable.”

The talks will take place at Christ the Eternal High Priest Church, 410 Brentwood Road Gidea Park RM2 6DH. Admission free and all welcome.

Please book by email to [email protected] or by phone to 01708 449914. Light refreshments provided. Please bring your own lunch on study days. Local eateries available.

Full events programme: Programme Year of the God who Speaks