The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment” which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other.Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium
Welcome to our page on accompaniment and listening. Our desire is to share practical skills to help everyone learn to journey spiritually alongside others, with the assurance of Jesus Christ walking with them.
Our prayerful reflections and group conversations help participants to recognise and talk about their own relationship with Jesus whilst also learning the fundamental skills of listening and engaging in easy but attentive conversations. The vision is to enable many more parishioners to understand, support and walk alongside parishioners, friends, family, and acquaintances listening to what matters to them and responding appropriately.
Our vision is to enabling people to “lead others ever closer to God, in whom we attain true freedom.Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium
Do you want to learn to walk with others?
Whatever your involvement in the life of the Church or with family or friends who are drifting towards or away from the church, you will almost certainly be having spiritual conversations from time to time. Ananias training helps develop an understanding of the spiritual journey and how generous listening, with greater awareness of another person’s unique journey, can open people to growth.
We will be offering sessions on Zoom on Monday evenings, 7-9pm, starting on Monday 13th March. If you would like to know more, reserve a place or if you would like to organise sessions for a group in your parish contact: email@example.com
Meet the Pre-discipleship Team
Ananias Training – St Catherine of Sienna Institute.
Welcome Event – A deeper understanding of Welcome
Using some of the principles of accompaniment we shared good practice from across the diocese showing that welcome can go further than hospitality in our church buildings. Meeting people where they are, listening attentively and giving them time to travel their spiritual journey at their pace makes space for people to make their individual journey.
“There was so much to listen to and learn from and enjoy, you had terrific people, the clips were fascinating, and the whole thing was full of ideas to learn from.”
We hope the below material and video will be a resource for you and your welcome team to help you meet people where they are and feel equipped to welcome people from all walks of life, those who are passing through to those in our wider community.