Adult Formation

Year of the Word 2020-2021

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has designated 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and the ‘The God Who Speaks’. A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, who translated the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures into Latin, the language of the Western Church.

Find out more on The God Who Speaks website.

Read ‘A Year with the Bible: 365 Daily Reflections’ by Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB.

Year of the Word resources from CAFOD for children, young people, on your own or in a group.


Lectio Divina is a form of prayer which invites us into a deeper encounter with the Lord through Scripture. It gives us the time to listen attentively to the Word, to be sensitive to its action on our hearts, and to reflect on what is being asked of us in our daily lives.



Material to help you practice Lectio Divina:

Private Lectio Divina 

Lectio Divina: a short guide to praying with the Scriptures produced by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.

Lectio 365 is a daily devotional resource that helps you pray the Bible every day. Download on App Store (Apple) or on Play Store (Android).

Lectio Divina as a Spiritual Practice

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

The CCRS Course was launched in support of Bishop Richard’s Pastoral Plan in September 2019. The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies has been
established since 1991 and aims to provide an introduction to Catholic theology and give an understanding of the central truths of our Faith. It is open to teachers working in Catholic schools, catechists, people involved in pastoral and liturgical work and other interested adults. Full details can be found here.

For more information and to express an interest in attending the course, please contact Jon Harman, Adviser for Formation and Spirituality, at the St Philip Howard Centre on 01293 651157 or email

Theology, Religion, and Ethics Foundation Year at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Countless people ask theological, religious, and ethical questions every day. But many do not have the opportunity to pursue these questions in a structured academic setting. The St Mary’s Foundation Year in Theology, Religion, and Ethics provides access to higher education for those who might not gain access through the traditional routes. You might be looking to explore a broader context of your own faith. Maybe you’d like to find out what some of the best minds of human history have to say about the search for meaning. Or perhaps you simply want to get re-qualified in something you’ve always been passionate about.  Either way, St Mary’s offers an academically excellent programme combined with high levels of pastoral support to set you on the right track for future success. For more information see the Theology, Religion, and Ethics (with a Foundation Year) page.