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Dr Christine B Wood, a member of the Sheffield North Deanery Liturgy and Spirituality Group, reports:

“I was pleased to attend the Bishops’ Conference for Spirituality in Birmingham in February. Bishop Ralph Heskett is chair of this Conference.

“The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Spirituality Committee began in 2002 and since 2007 has produced Consultations where people meet and find resources to take back to their Diocese.

“In 2014 a document on Catholic Spirituality was released which offered essential ingredients to help Catholics deepen their relationship with the Lord.

Do you love me s“This document is called, Do you love me? The format is based on Chapter 21 of the Gospel of St John and takes a “read and reflect” approach.  There are six chapters with a similar format which can be used by an individual or a group.

“The document can be downloaded free from cbcew.org.uk or purchased from the Catholic Truth Society for £5.95.

“Personally I found the book refreshing and would recommend it. If used in group work, I think preparation by individual members would be required prior to meeting together.

“Other valuable resources came from the website of Hexham and Newcastle Diocese. Kathryn Turner is their full time Head of the Spirituality Department, and she invited us to freely use their many resources on that website.  The Lenten site was very helpful, as are the resources for the Year of Mercy.

“The 2016 consultation is taking place at two venues, Salford Cathedral on 18 May, 11am-3.30pm and in London on Tuesday 24 May, 11am-3.30pm.

“For further details and booking please contact Jackie McCarthy at admin@nores.org.uk or Tel: 01582 723312 before 6 May.

The title of the consultation is “The Quality of Mercy is not strained” with keynote speaker, Jim McManus CSsR.”