The Year of the Word celebrates “The God who speaks” and helps us to remember that our Lord is communicating with us every day, very frequently, but especially through the Bible. The Bible is THE Word of God and having been created though the works of the Holy Spirit, is far more that just a historical text.

This special year marks not only the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini (“The Word of the Lord”), but also the 1600th anniversary of the death of St Jerome, known for translating the Bible into Latin (the “Vulgate”).

Latest Update 24/03/20

The Word of the Lord cannot be stopped by anything. Please check the new Diocese tab for a large amount of online content that’s recently been added to keep us all connected in both prayer and through technology.

Feature – Gospel of John – Lumo Project

LUMO is a groundbreaking, multi-language biblical resource that was created to transform the way in which people engage, discover, and study the life of Jesus through the Gospels, and to resource ministries seeking to promote global biblical literacy.

You can purchase the full version from iTunes or Amazon.

Related Resources

Bible Apps & Resources

Bible in one year app.
Start your day with the Bible in One Year, a free Bible reading app with commentary by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. Nicky Gumbel is the Vicar of HTB in London and pioneer of Alpha.

Daily Readings and Gospel
Take a look at this site which provides daily readings and Gospels so you’re always up-to-date with the Word.

Special Mass



Pope Francis asked us to mark the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time as the Sunday of The Word of God. To celebrate this event, we invited you to bring your Bible to Mass to be blessed.

If you missed this event then please don’t worry. There will be other opportunities including June 19th, 2020

Bible Testimonies

Important Note. You will need a fairly up-to-date browser, mobile or tablet to view the Bible Testimonies. We recommend Google Chrome or Safari as they’re fast, modern browsers. Older versions of Internet Explorer and other browsers will not work and you get a blank space. Alternatively, you can visit the page directly.

Praying with the Bible

Praying with the Bible


Prayer with the Lord is a very personal thing so there isn’t a set way of doing it. However,  Sister Valentina has provided a handy guide that will help you first get into a good state of mind for prayer so that you are able to listen to your heart.   Then, simply talk to God like you would a close friend or family member.  It doesn’t’ need to be complex – just let your heart be your guide. Read the full article on how to pray with the Bible.

*New* Diocese Online Content

Dear Friends

Lent has taken an unexpected turn this year, and many are adjusting to living in isolation while others keep working courageously, and often heroically by looking after others. Wherever we are, we all remain in communion with God and each other through the grace of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of faith, hope and charity. To make this communion more tangible, our Formation for Mission Team and the God who Speaks national campaign are offering various initiatives which I wanted to share with you.

Our Favourite Bible Verses

Top Bible Verses

You might have seen the recent video from Fr Paul suggesting that to celebrate “The Year of the Word we send in our favourite quotes. Perhaps ones that have gotten us through some tough times. Here are our favourites :-

Official Prayer for the Year of the Word

“The Bible is the book of the Lord’s people, who, in listening to it, move from dispersion and division toward unity, as well as come to understand God’s love and become inspired to share it with others.” Pope Francis.

Living God,
you walk alongside us and
speak to us throughout the Scriptures.

Your Son, Jesus Christ,
listens to our hopes and fears
and shows us how to live for one another.

Send us the Holy Spirit
to open our hearts and minds
so that we may be your witnesses
throughout the world

AMEN.

Posts for the Year of the Word

The God Who Speaks

“By spending some time each day from 25 March – 12 April asking God to speak to us more deeply, we’re confident that new discernment…
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