Forming Missionary Disciples – Building Missionary Parishes

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2)

The Vicariate for Formation offers opportunities for the formation of the lay people of the Diocese of Salford, of all ages, to grow in their discipleship of the Lord Jesus and  their participation in the life of the Church so that they can live their vocation in the Church for the world.

In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization, and it would be insufficient to envisage a plan of evangelization to be carried out by professionals while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive recipients. The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized. Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but rather that we are always “missionary disciples”.  

Pope Francis in EG #120

The Episcopal Vicar is Father Paul Daly                                  

Within the Vicariate are different areas of responsibility. These are entrusted to the person mentioned below who is developing a team of lay-people and clergy to work collaboratively to achieve the mission of the Vicariate

Responsible for Sacramental Preparation and Catechesis (of adults and children) and Adult Formation in general is Father Christopher Lough   

Responsible for Spiritual Formation is Father Joseph Gee   

Responsible for Marriage and Family Life is Father Bryan Cunningham

Responsible for Liturgical Life and Formation is Father James Manock

Responsible for Parish Development is Father Christopher Gorton                

Responsible for Youth Ministry is Father Christopher Gorton and Lorraine Leonard

Responsible for The Hope in the Future Programme is Father Paul Daly, Father Christoper Gorton and John Griffin                                                                                             

The Diocesan Youth Chaplain is Father Peter Tierney