Bishops visit Cardiff for Plenary Session

Today marks the start of the Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales Spring Plenary Meeting, which for the first time in nearly two decades is taking place in Cardiff.

All of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales gather twice a year to discuss important topics surrounding the life of the Church and the world at this time.  The meetings usually take place in Leeds but for this meeting the Bishops decided to pay a visit to Wales.  The Meeting takes place over 5 days and during their time in the capital of Wales, the Bishops will be making a visit to the Welsh Parliament (Senedd) taking into consideration the devolved nature of Welsh Government.

This morning the Plenary Session has begun with prayer and a message from Pope Francis being delivered by the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti.  On Friday it will conclude with a press conference highlighting the points of discussion for this session and to issue any relevant statements.  If one were to surmise a possible agenda, it is highly likely the ongoing tension in Ukraine, the continuing Synodal Path and the introduction of the new Lectionary to be used in the Liturgy will all be discussed.

From Monday to Thursday, the Bishops will gather in prayer at Cardiff Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St. David in Cardiff.  The daily schedule of prayer is open to the public and will run as follows:

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 8:00am
  • Morning Prayer – 9:00am
  • Holy Mass – 12:45pm
  • Evening Prayer – 6:45pm

We pray for the Bishops as they gather and ask for the prompting of the Holy Spirit on their work.