News from around the Archdiocee of Liverpool
Bishop Marcus Stock of Leeds visited the Shrine of Blessed Dominic Barberi in Sutton, St Helens, to celebrate the annual feast day Mass at the end of August.
Among the concelebrants were priests from the local pastoral area and Passionists from Blessed Dominic’s order. In the congregation were a group from the central Italian City of Viterbo, Blessed Dominic’s birthplace.
In his homily Bishop Marcus spoke of the relevance of the mission of Blessed Dominic, ‘not just for the Church of his era but also its pertinence to the effective evangelisation of our country in our own time’. He recalled Blessed Dominic’s role in the conversion of John Henry Newman to the Catholic faith and concluded by saying, ‘If we, the members of the Church of today, are to engage fully in the challenge put to us in the evangelisation of our society today and to cultivate a new spring for the Catholic faith in our land, we would do well to pay attention to the new ardour, the new methods, and the new expression we find in the mission and ministry of Blessed Dominic Barberi of the Mother of God’.