A commitment to neighbourhood

Saturday, March 09, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Prayer, reflection and discussion with
Fr Gerry Proctor

Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee are provided.
To book please email [email protected]

or phone 01772 555483


  • Born in 1951 in Liverpool I grew up in Formby, went to a Christian Brother school in Crosby and then Upholland College seminary until transferring to Ushaw and Durham University and then ordination in 1977. I worked initially for 8 years as a youth chaplain in St Helen’s, Merseyside, before volunteering to work in South America in 1985 in Ecuador and Bolivia with the Society of St James. I came back to parish work at St Margaret Mary’s, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, in 1991 for 12 years. In 1999 I went to work in the Archdiocese of Adelaide invited by Archbishop Len Falkner to work in his Base Ecclesial Communities (BECs) Office. Since 2005 I have lived in the city centre of Liverpool working in a non-ecclesial context.

From 1985-1991 I worked in South America with BECs and returned in 2004 to work full time with the Marins Team in delivering training and workshops throughout Latin America and the USA on behalf of CELAM (the Bishop’s Conference of Latin America). From 2005 until 2012 I studied for an MPhil at Liverpool Hope University researching about BECs, their global perspective and their potential application to the UK. In recent years I founded Engage Liverpool, a social enterprise working with residents who live in the city centre and waterfront. I am also Chair of Governors at the De La Salle Academy in Croxteth, Liverpool where I am currently working to deliver the La Salle Hotel School to provide a pathway into visitor economy and hospitality sector careers.

  • The day will explore the biblical relationship with the land and also our experience of living in a neighbourhood. I will draw upon experiences in Latin America, Australia and visits throughout Asia during my MPhil research. Pope Francis has made clear the direction he wants the Catholic Church to take with regard to mission and we will use some of his ideas. But most of the day will be based around this definition of the Church by Fr Jose Marins from Brazil: The Church is a Missionary Community with a Communitarian Mission.

Being Church in smaller groups

Saturday, May 18, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Being Church in smaller groups. Prayer, reflection and discussion with

Rose and Greg McCrave

Greg and Rose are experienced small group facilitators in parish and retreat settings. Rose is a visiting Guest Director at St Beuno’s, North Wales and Greg has a particular interest in male spirituality. They will lead us in exploring and experiencing the joy and companionship of being part of the Body of Christ by belonging to smaller groups.

Saturday 18 May 2019  10.00am – 3.00pm

Both days are at the Xaverian Missionaries Spirituality Centre, 169 Sharoe Green Lane, Preston, PR2 8HE

Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee are provided.

To book please email [email protected]or phone 01772 555483