The Word Who is Life


Pope Francis designated the third Sunday of the Year as The Sunday of the Word of God, which is to be a special day to read the Scriptures, to reflect on them and pray. This is to help us to deepen our faith and to grow closer in our relationship with God.

Several initiatives are being introduced this year throughout the Catholic Church in England and Wales on a national level as well as Bishop Richard introducing additional diocesan ones.

The Bishops of England and Wales have joined forces with the Bible Society to dedicate this year to a national initiative. “The God Who Speaks: The Year of the Word” that enhances our own “The Word Who is Life” programme.

During the year we will be invited to join others in “Celebrating God’s Word”, in “Living God’s Word” and lastly, in “Sharing God’s Word”. As the year progresses there will be regular updates on what will be happening in our own diocese and elsewhere in England and Wales.


The Word Who is Life is an important initiative that we have heard about throughout the last year. Situated as we are at the south-western tip of the diocese we need to be careful not to miss out on the life of the Church beyond the Chichester by-pass and the A27!”

“The new Pastoral Plan – entitled “The Word Who is Life” – was introduced at the end of 2018. And now parishes around the diocese are looking at the Plan and are talking about how it can be applied to local situations in parishes and deaneries.

In May 2019 we celebrated the Centenary of the foundation of our Parish. In the 7th century, Saint Wilfrid first proclaimed the ‘Word Who is Life’ to the South Saxons: it was from SELSEY that the faith we profess began to spread from here along the coast and then northwards taking in the countryside covered by our diocese and beyond. As a community under the patronage of St Wilfrid we have a special call to take our ‘place in the mission of the Church’ “.

Please see latest update on this initiative in the Cathedral Deanery Newsletter below produced by our Dean, Fr Peter Newsam:

For more information on the new Pastoral Plan please click on to the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton’s website.