Bishop Patrick’s Spiritual Themes
At St Peter’s we incorporate the Bishop’s themes into lots of aspects of
school life, in our liturgies, chaplaincy team foci, retreat days and they are interwoven into RE lessons.
Would like to ensure that people of all ages in our parishes, schools, and chaplaincies are helped to discover, or discover more deeply, the importance of a personal ENCOUNTER with Christ; so that they can become convinced that they are each loved by God and are invited to grow in their relationship with him. In particular Bishop Patrick would like to see the development of times of Eucharistic Adoration in our parishes, schools and chaplaincies.
DISCIPLESHIP: With the personal encounter with Christ, Bishop Patrick would like to encourage each of us to hear and respond to his invitation to be his DISCIPLES, to follow him more closely, and to seek to serve him generously in our daily lives. MISSIONARY DISCIPLESHIP: With a greater recognition of, and openness to,
the help, guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we can all become MISSIONARY DISCIPLES; faith-filled, joyful and outward-looking Christians who are growing in confidence to speak humbly of the difference that knowing Christ makes to our lives, and who bear witness to His love in our service of our brothers and sisters, especially those most in need. The service to which Christ calls us is always the action of the Holy Spirit working in us. These themes remind us of what Jesus asks of his disciples, “Go, make disciples of all nations”;
they remind us that the Church is called to be missionary.