You are Living Stones

On Monday 7 November, Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP  launched You are Living Stones, a consultation on the parochial structure of the Diocese of Nottingham. This will affect every parish in the Diocese, and all parishioners are asked to read the document, reflect upon it and discuss it among themselves and with their parish priests. The Bishop said:

‘I hope that as we begin this prayerful consultation, we will be willing to embrace what is right for the Church in our local communities. Always having the Lord as our source of inspiration and goal, we need to make sure that the Church in our Diocese has a strong basis for building into the future. To do this, we must work together to express that desire of St Peter when he wrote that we “may be living stones making a spiritual house as a holy priesthood to offer the spiritual sacrifices made acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”. May this consultation be a source of great joy, blessing and hope for us all.’

Download the full consultation document as a PDF file

This blog was set up firstly to enhance participation in the Living Stones process by the Catholic communities in the the two Nottingham deaneries in the diocese. We hope (“we” being the two deans, Fr Martin Sylvester & Fr Peter Vellacott) that it may also go on to serve as a useful resource — perhaps a forum for discussion — for Catholics in and around Nottingham.

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About Fr Martin Sylvester

Martin Sylvester is a Catholic priest serving Long Eaton parish as parish priest, and serving Nottingham West Deanery as dean and council of priests representative. He studied for the priesthood at Oscott College, and enjoys real ale and travel. He is a keen advocate of fair trade, and has been called an eco geek. Many years ago, when he served as a port chaplain and parish priest in Immingham, Fr Martin set up the first parish website in the UK and was once asked at a party, "Are you the computer priest?" He is one of very few people to have travelled on a Swiss bus that was both late and omitted part of its published route (he was going from Geneva to CERN after one of the worst snowstorms for years). He has two degrees from Leuven, and life memberships of English Heritage, the National Trust, CAMRA and the Scottish YHA. He often walks, or takes the bus or train, in preference to driving, but when he drives it's his ageing Honda Insight Mark I, which has given him 83mpg over the nine years he's owned it.
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