Ongoing Formation & Support for the Clergy - Diocese of Nottingham

Amoris Laetitia

An overnight study event
for Priests & Deacons
will be held at Hothorpe Hall
on 15 - 16 February 2018

(to book, please email:

The Holy Father’s suggestion of a gradual approach when reading Amoris Laetitia is summed up in the title of Chapter 8: “Accompanying, Discerning and Integrating Weakness … ”  

We are encouraged to avoid knee-jerk reactions in order to avoid rash judgments and to open ourselves to deep reflection and sincere conversations filled with mercy.

What we are speaking of is a process of accompaniment and discernment which ‘guides the faithful to an awareness of their situation before God. Conversation with the priest, in the internal forum, contributes to the formation of a correct judgment on what hinders the possibility of
a fuller participation in the life of the Church and on what steps
can foster it and make it grow. Given that gradualness is not
in the law itself (cf. Familiaris consortio, 34), this discernment
can never prescind from the Gospel demands of truth
and charity, as proposed by the Church.’  
(Amoris Laetitia 300; Relatio Finalis 86)

Clergy ongoing formation:
  • 4 December 2016:  Electronic access to a topical index and a scriptural index will be provided along with the full text of Amoris Laetitia from the relevant OGF website page. It is our hope that the provision of both a topical index and a scriptural index as navigation tools will alleviate the challenge of taking-in a 53,000-word document especially for those with time constraints.
  • 8 January 2017:A study of Chapter 4  is provided here and developed by following three strands—Pastoral implication; Scriptural reflection; and Canonical commentary. It is accompanied by questions and themes for individual reflection, group discussion or deanery papers. Some presentation tools are offered to help the priest or deacon lead a parish group or deanery discussion. 

  • 19 March 2017: A study of Chapter 8 using the same structure above. Some art work to aid spiritual reflection or as an additional resource for group discussions will be offered. 

  • 25 April 2017: Day conference on aspects of the exhortation, particularly on the reception of the sacraments for those in irregular marital situations and guidance on some of the document’s key terms and concepts such as: discernment, integration, gradualness, conscience, and mercy.  
  • Early 2018: Accompaniment, mercy, highlighting the strengths of the family and the joy of love, and the importance of allowing Amoris Laetitia to inform all ministries. Offerings for the study of the remaining chapters.

Links to:
Full text of Amoris Laetitia here
and Topical and Scriptural Index here