Wardley Hall, built in the mid-1500s, after a long and eventful history was given in trust to Salford Diocese in 1930 to become the residence of the Bishops of Salford. Bishop John wishes to make it a resource for the whole diocese. In popular mythology, it is the home of the screaming skull!
On offer are:
Period of reflection on Ambrose Barlow with opening and closing prayer services;
- Reflection time on what does it mean to be a missionary parish, including Ambrose as an inspiration of a missionary disciple
- Formation experience based on Evangelii Gaudium: 5 sessions, approx… 2 hours per time, discussing the information contained in each chapter and how it can be applied to parishes. This would be open to parish groups, preferably accompanied by the parish priest.
Themed quiet/study days
Forming young Christian leaders; spiritual accompaniment of young people; developing lay leadership in parish ministry; quiet days including a talk and time for individual prayer; Faith in Action (See, judge, act);
Pope Francis’ document: Laudato Si; Ignatian or Franciscan spirituality themes; quiet day based on a Scriptural theme or Mary; discernment process using Ignatian spirituality;
Study day on aging and spirituality, with suggestions on how parishes can address the spiritual needs of older parishioners;
Women Speaking Wisdom: either a reflection day or a series of talks on women saints or women in the Old Testament.
A tour of the history of Wardley and its connection to St Ambrose Barlow can be included in all visits.
School groups may want to bring their students for a visit, talk on Ambrose Barlow or provide their own programming.
What would you think of a parish visit in the summer or attendance at one of the above? Topic for the next Forum?