Current Issue

January/February/March 2020

This issue's feature article:

Futility, humility and the Year of the Word
Anthony Towey

I had cause to sort out some family photographs recently with one of my sisters. It was at turns edifying and discombobulating as we recalled great characters from our shared past and then realised that most of them are no longer with us. All things must pass, but when the vector of mortality gets personal, it can challenge one’s sense of self-worth. I well recall Fr Brian Green once remarking in his Pastoral Renewal Exchange that while de-cluttering ...
Read More
Dec 22 2019
EditoralFutility, humility and the Year of the Word
I had cause to sort out some family photographs recently with one of my sisters. It was at turns edifying and discombobulating as we recalled great  ... 
Focus on year of the wordYear of the Word: The God Who Speaks
The God Who Speaks The Catholic Bishops’ Conference has designated this year as the Year of the Word: The God Who Speaks. Henry Wansbrough OSB, a  ... 
Imagining a new vision of biblical formation in the Catholic Church
Ela Lazarewicz-Wyrzykowska, lecturer in Old Testament at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge, reports on a symposium on biblical  ... 
The art of letting go: The binding of Isaac
Genesis 22 is one of the readings of the Hebrew Scriptures chosen for the Liturgy of the Word at the Easter Vigil. It is also something of a  ... 
Leadership & MinistryBeacons of excellence: Being a trustee in Catholic residential and nursing homes
The second of two articles on Catholic care homes focuses on the trustees and their role in promoting the Catholic ethos of the home. John Deehan is  ... 
Domestic abuse and the Catholic community: How can we respond?
Domestic abuse and violence cause hidden suffering and sometimes death. Celia Capstick, a member of the Bishops’ Conference Domestic Abuse Working  ... 
Religious Life: Discerning the Future
The authors of a new report on women in Religious Life write about its findings. Gemma Simmonds CJ is Director of the Religious Life Institute, and  ... 
Theology TodayTransforming encounters: Relationship, community and power
Chris Hughes, parish priest of St Cuthbert’s & St Joseph’s, North Shields, reflects on his experience of working with two different community  ... 
Ordinary Catholic Theology
Improving the theological literacy of the entire People of God is a requirement of the New Evangelisation. Chris Richardson, associate lecturer in  ... 
SpiritualityWhere is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
In the second of a two-part article, Margaret Barker, an Old Testament scholar and former President of the Society for Old Testament Study, explores  ... 
The priestly ordination of Prosper Guéranger
The series of articles on the day of ordination of well-known historic priests by Patrick H. Daly, a parish priest in the Diocese of Birmingham,  ... 
Two novel approaches to the Apocalypse
Jeremy Rowe, a retired lecturer in English and Drama and specialist in Catholic literature, examines how the apocalypse has been viewed by Catholic  ... 
Resources for ministryLent and the liturgy
John F. Baldovin SJ is Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, USA. This article explores  ... 
From death to life: Ash Wednesday to Easter
The start of Lent confronts us with death. We move through themes of pilgrimage to the final words of light and life at the Easter Vigil. The  ... 
Breaking The Word
Weekdays in January, February and March 2020
These reflections on the weekday Bible readings are by Canon Mervyn Tower, parish priest of Corpus Christi, Headington, Oxford.
Wednesday 1 January
Octave of the Nativity
Mary, the Holy Mother of God (solemnity)
Numbers 6.22–27
Psalm 66
Galatians 4.4–7
Luke 2.16–21
Luke describes in his Infancy Narratives how the Holy Family is obedient to the Torah of Moses. Hence on the eighth day after his birth, the baby is circumcised and thus becomes part of the Jewish people. Equally important is the giving of his name Jesus (Hebrew: yeshua – from yasha, ...
Robert Draper

In Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Fathers of Vatican II decreed that: ‘The treasures of the Bible are to be opened up more lavishly, so that a richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the table of God’s word’. (SC 51) This lavish feast of the Word of God at the celebration of the Eucharist is designed to nourish and inspire the faithful ...

Text Size

Pastoral Review Subscription

Manage or Renew your Subscription

Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017


Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rev. Professor Michael Hayes editor of the Pastoral Review.

Many friends and readers of the Pastoral Review and The Tablet will have been shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Michael Hayes early on Easter Saturday.   Read More