Dear Steward of The Gospel,

First Formal Proposal

I write to confirm that the First Formal Proposal for the Renewal and Restructuring of Our Diocese has now been put onto the diocesan website.


I am also attaching a copy for you and am copying this to your parish.

There is also an introductory message from Bishop Alan posted on the website. I would suggest people watch that before reading the document.

During this week we will be delivering hard copies of the First Formal Proposal so that they are ready in your parishes by this weekend and with them you will receive a DVD of Bishop Alan’s message. This will enable you to show it in your parishes either in church or before meetings, and loan it out to anyone who has a DVD player but no access to the internet.

As you will see from the document and remember from our earlier discussions the intention is that people read it, pray about it and then discuss it within the parish and then with neighbours. After that we look forward to receiving your feedback hopefully in good time for the meeting on 24thFebruary and no later than the end of March 2018.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Holy and contemplative Advent. This season is one of preparation and vigilance but it is also one of joy and rejoicing and on the third Sunday of Advent our churches will be filled with the colour rose featured on the cover of our booklet.

As we are both preparing our diocese and focusing on the joy of the Gospel Message can I ask that we keep people aware of the need for more prayer, dialogue and discernment before final decisions are taken.

Kind regards

Steven Webb

Director of Development


Working Together To Evangelise Our Diocese