renovationHannah Vaughan-Spruce

Parish renewal takes vision and leadership and requires deep-rooted change, but the results can be divinely rewarding. Hannah Vaughan-Spruce is a PhD student at St Mary's University, Twickenham, and national co-ordinator of Divine Renovation UK.

Back in June 2016, I was one of twelve people from the UK who travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia for the DR16 Divine Renovation Conference. Over 600 delegates had travelled from numerous countries. All had been drawn for the same reason: they had read a book - Divine Renovation by Fr James Mallon (2014, Twenty-Third Publications) - and it had sparked in them a desire for their parishes to be different.

Since its publication, Divine Renovation has made unmistakably big waves in the Church. The book is written from the lived experience of a profound renewal in Fr Mallon's parish - St Benedict - in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Those of us who attended the 2016 conference in Halifax were so inspired that a similar conference was proposed for the UK. Fr James Mallon and three of his parish team travelled to St Mary's University, Twickenham in October 2017 for Maintenance to Mission, a conference for those interested in bringing about divine renovation in their parish. 300 delegates including 100 priests attended from parishes all over the UK.

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