Jim Forest

Jim Forest November 1941 – January 2022

Thich Nhat Hanh October 1926 – January 2022

Two lost voices

Chris McDonnell January 28. 2022


Within a few days of each other two resonant voices have been lost, the Christian writer Jim Forest and the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

I first met Jim through a second-hand bookshop in Brighton.

Running back to the car late on a Saturday afternoon in a bitter cold January dusk, I came to the bookshop. Opening the door, I called out to the owner “Have you any books about the American monk, Thomas Merton?” His hand went to the bottom of a stack of books on a nearby table and pulled out a book. “Will this do?”

Seeking together a new way of being Church - 24th January 7.30 p.m.

Invitation to an online discussion

For the Zoom link please email: Andrew Hornsby-Smith

ACTA is working with Root & Branch and NJPN to support the synodal process. We recognise the good work being done to encourage people to participate in this work, much of it emanating from parishes.
We recognise, too, that there are many who are no longer participating in parish activities, whose voice needs to be heard.
In the Archdiocese of Cardiff the three groups have come together to support an evening when we can discuss such issues.
The event on the evening of Tuesday 8th February  is being run with the support of the Diocesan Synod  Coordinator.
If you reside in the area of the Archdiocese of Cardiff [ S E Wales and Herefordshire] you would be most welcome to join us 
Contact fbcallus@aol.com for more information.

A new parish has been established in Nottingham, an amalgamation of three former parishes, and it has the named the Parish of the Holy Family.  In these dark days no joyful day of celebration Sunday is possible, no happy proclamation of the birth of a new configuration of Catholic presence in the northeast of our city.  We can only hope and pray that soon we can all join with the parishioners of the new Holy Family Parish. 

Download: DON COZZENS Remembered
Donald Cozzens
17 May 1939-9 December 2021
Chris McDonnell La Croix December 2021

We heard this week of the passing of the American priest, teacher and writer, Donald Cozzens. His journey came to a conclusion, a few days back, on December 9th. His has been a significant voice in recent years, always faithful to the Church that was his home yet critical of structures that got in the way of mission. He called out clericalism in no uncertain terms, seeking a more honest vision of priesthood that served the pastoral needs of the people.