The God Who Speaks

    ‘Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.’

Jerome’s Commentary on Isaiah Nn. 1.2:CCL73, 1-3


Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other.

2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St Jerome’s death. These dates have inspired the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to dedicate 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible and ‘The God Who Speaks’.

During the year, we will be celebrating, living and sharing God‘s word with an exciting new Scripture initiative. It’s an opportunity to enrich current practice and to develop and explore new ways of responding to ‘The God who Speaks’.

Throughout 2020 there will be a range of events, activities and resources to participate in all around the country. To help achieve transformation in our hearts and in our communities there will be three themes of celebratingliving and sharing God’s word.

Take a look around this section to see how you can get involved.

The ‘Year of the Word’ in England and Wales officially began on the First Sunday of Advent and to help us prepare for the year, Cardinal Vincent Nicholls offers his reflections on a painting of St Jerome in the National Gallery, London.

St Jerome was one of the greatest scripture scholars of all time and 2020 will mark the 1600th anniversary of his death.

The God who Speaks Prayer

Living God,

you walk alongside us

and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.

Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears

and shows us how to live for one another.

Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds

so that we may be your witnesses throughout the world.



There are a limited number of free campaign brochures, prayer cards and Matthew’s Gospels available. Please contact the Department for Formation if you would like to collect copies by emailing  or calling 0161 817 2214.

If you have an resources, events or Good Practice to share about The Year of the Word please email and we will add them to this page.

Parish & School Resources

The God who speaks Campaign Brochure
The Bible in a Year App 
The Bible Timeline
The Big Picture
Westminster School Resources 

St Jerome

St Jerome is the patron saint of translators and scholars – having translated the Bible into Latin, the common language of his day.

To celebrate St Jerome’s Feast day (30 September) and the 1600th anniversary of his death, the God who Speaks’ latest theme is on Bible translation – how Bible translators work and how the Bible is translated into art.

St Jerome and Bible Translation


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