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 Department 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

For general enquiries please contact the Department for Formation on:
Telephone – 0161 817 2214
Email –

Responsible for Sacramental Preparation and Catechesis (of adults and children) and Adult Formation 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 Confirmation is Father Christopher Gorton

Responsible for Youth Ministry is Lorraine Leonard

Responsible for Hope in the Future is Father Paul Daly and John Griffin

PA and Senior Administrator to the Episcopal Vicar and Department for Formation is Helen Carey

Department for Formation Newsletter

May 2020

July 2020

February 2021

Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership

Once again this year the Diocese, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Liverpool and Wrexham Diocese, are offering a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Leadership. The Diploma is a combination of Online Learning and a series of leadership workshops, leading to a Loyola University Chicago Certificate and a series of Liverpool Hope CPD Awards.

The course starts each year in January and lasts two years. The full Diploma costs £2500, which is payable over three instalments. An increasing number of parishes are willing to part-fund students towards the Diploma.

More information can be found on the website below. Here you will find testimonies from past students, information booklets on the modules, application forms and an online form to book on one of the Zoom information Webinars

Please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Paul Daly or John Griffin for further information.