The Stewards of the Gospel

Bishop Alan Williams sm. has invited lay people within the Diocese of Brentwood to play an important role in shaping its future. Called ‘Stewards of the Gospel’, these volunteers are using their talents to work closely with clergy, parishes and schools as part of the diocesan planning process. Stewards have worked with local clergy and their parishes to assess the resources available in the parish and locally to maximise the opportunities for evangelisation and sacramental provision.


They are encouraging discussion and being an advocate for their fellow parishioners, communicating their ideas, thoughts and concerns to the Diocesan Strategic Planning Group through the director of Development (Steven Webb).

Ann Roughan is St John Payne Parish’s Steward of the Gospel assisted by Eugene Horgan, Sister Gabriel Foley and Jo Crane.

The key tasks for the Stewards of the Gospel were originally expressed to be:


  • To examine their own parish, to find out what is going on and to pave the way for a plan for better evangelisation in and by the parish.
  • To begin to discern “which parish belongs to which” when it comes to working together in future.
  • To be a source of creative inspiration, looking for new ways to evangelise.
  • To be the voice of the laity when it comes to discerning the principles and priorities on which future plans will be based.
  • To be the voice of the laity when it comes to implementing the agreed principles in the particular local situation of their own parishes.


Read more from here: Diocese of Brentwood – Stewards of the Gospel

Watch excerpts from the first Steward Training Day

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