Ten years ago a series of ground breaking conversations took place between the Catholic Church in England and Wales and 15,000 families. The project entitled Listening 2004: My Family, My Church gave the Church an unprecedented opportunity to hear directly from Catholic families what life was really like for them in the 21st Century: their hopes, fears, sorrows and joys. Our 10th Anniversary Retrospective takes a look at the creation, the impact and the legacy of Listening 2004 with some of the people who helped coordinate the project at national and diocesan level.
The Bishops’ 2005 report “Not Easy But Full of Meaning” Catholic Family Life in 2004 summarised the findings of the Listening 2004 conversations and endorsed the bishops’ collaborative work on three key priorities that emerged:
- A need for welcoming, family-sensitive, friendly parishes where Christian community thrives and sustains the lives of those both at its heart and on the margins
- A need to deepen and share among laity and clergy alike a wider understanding of marital and family spirituality
- A need to explore and better understand what we mean by passing on faith in God, the primary role of parents, and to equip them accordingly
These three priorities continue to inspire and inform the work of the bishops today in their programmes of pastoral care of marriage and family life.
READ THE “NOT EASY BUT FULL OF MEANING” REPORT