Human Dignity – Being Truly Human


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This year’s main gathering of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, takes place on Saturday 14 March. As we have in previous years, this particular gathering extends an invitation to the whole diocesan community (rather than just deanery delegates) for a day’s conversation, reflection and input.

This diocesan day draws us together in reflection of what it means to be human, but explore some of the issues that seem to take something away from that dignity or the dignity of others.

With keynote speaker, David McLoughlin, and workshops (led by some key local and national contributors) to engage and stimulate us in thought and action.

We gather together at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Brislington, beginning at 10am.

We have eleven workshops for our day on Human Dignity:

  •  Inspiring and enthusing our young people: a workshop for teachers, parents and catechists
  •  A faith that has a care for Creation
  •  Praying the News
  •  The dignity of women – a contemporary reflection
  •  ‘It’s still ME Lord’ – a spiritual approach to promoting dignity in dementia’
  •  Caring for a growing population – the elderly, the lonely and the isolated
  •  Euthanasia: a life not worthy of a life – living and dying well.
  •  Human Trafficking – does it happen here?
  •  Taking care of the migrant, the stranger, the asylum seeker:  forming a theology
  •  Evangelii Gaudium – Pope Francis and Catholic Social Teaching
  •  CAFOD – why campaign?


As a way of seeking to accommodate our families with young children to come along (ever conscious that child care is always a concern when thinking of participating in a day) I have arranged for a fun bus with appropriately skilled adults to supervise the children during the workshops.

This Diocesan Pastoral Council meeting is open to all who may be interested.

I would very much like to provide lunch, for those taking part in the day, just to add to the nurturing aspect of our coming together.

It would be helpful if you might be able to indicate for me if you can coming along for the day. You can inform me by email at or telephone 0117 902 5595

With all good wishes

Fr Christopher Whitehead

Director, Adult Education and Evangelisation