Preparations for the Jubilee 2025

On Thursday, 9 May  Pope Francis read the Bull of Indiction of the Jubilee Year 2025. The Papal Bull, called SPES NON CONFUNDIT. “Hope does not disappoint” is the official document which states the opening and closing dates of the coming Holy Year and the theme of the Jubilee. For this jubilee year, 2025, the theme chosen is “Pilgrims of Hope.” The theme of “pilgrims of hope” is particularly important at a time like this; in a world ravaged by wars, poverty and threatened by climate change, and with many people facing increasing economic challenges. This Holy Year can help us to keep lit the torch of faith that we have been given, so that everyone can look to the future with hope. 

On Sunday 15 September the Bishops of England and Wales are inviting all Parishes to have a period of Exposition to unite the faithful of the country together to focus on the Eucharist, in anticipation of the Jubilee Year.  

The faithful, as pilgrims of hope, will be able to obtain the Jubilee Indulgence, granted by the Holy Father, if they undertake a pilgrimage to a holy site in the Jubilee Year which is followed by Holy Mass or Anointing of the Sick or a celebration of the Word of God or the Liturgy of the Hours or the Rosary or a penitential celebration. In the Diocese of Hallam a Jubilee 2025 Coordination Commission has been meeting to make preparations for the Jubilee Year.  There will be a Diocese of Hallam Pilgrim Passport provided for 2025 with an events calendar which will include information about holy sites in the Diocese, which will be designated by the Bishop for individual or group pilgrimages. A pilgrimage is a great aid for rediscovering the value of silence, effort and simplicity of life. In the coming year, as pilgrims of hope we can travel ancient and more modern routes in the Diocese in order to experience the Jubilee to the full. The Jubilee Year will start on Sunday, 29 December 2024, when Bishop Ralph will celebrate Holy Mass in the Cathedral as the solemn opening of the Jubilee Year. Tony Strike