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Bishop Alan – Survey

Brentwood Diocesan Research on behalf of Bishop Alan

On behalf of Bishop Alan, I am undertaking some research in our Diocese with the Centre for Ecclesial Ethics at the Margaret Beaufort Institute and I would be grateful for your help and support. This research is attempting to re-engage with those Catholics who no longer come to Mass in our diocese and have proven to be particularly hard to reach through our vision and synod processes – but who have a story to tell and an experience to share.

Our Bishops’ Conference suggests that across England and Wales today it is estimated that at least two-thirds of baptised Catholics no longer come to Mass, and since the pandemic more Catholics have not returned to Church. Whilst the increase in numbers across our parishes this Easter is welcome and a sign of great joy, there remain a large number of baptised Catholics in our diocese who no longer come to mass.

So this short research survey is the beginning of a journey to listen more widely and deeply and understand the stories and experiences of the men and women who no longer come to Church in our diocese for whatever reason, so that we might better understand how to re-engage with them amidst the complexity of their lives and continue in our mission of evangelisation and witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.

I would be very grateful if you and your parishioners could bring this survey to the attention of those amongst their family and friends, colleagues and neighbours who no longer come to Mass.

Bishop Alan would love to hear from you! Do you, or someone you know, no longer go to Mass or feel that you belong in the Church? Bishop Alan would love to hear your story and listen to your experience.

Please feel free to circulate this to any other networks that you have who might be in touch with our fellow Catholics who no longer come to Church. 

·Thanks very much for all your help and support with this research which I am sure will provide a rich insight for us to follow up together in our shared mission. A full report on the research will be made available in the autumn.



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