Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth will open a centre dedicated to evangelisation next month.

The Adoremus Centre on Alderney, a three-mile long Channel Island, will consist of a priest, Fr John Lavers, and at least six Franciscan Sisters.

Bishop Egan said he hoped it would grow into a “powerhouse of prayer” in support of the “new evangelisation” – that is, proclaiming the Gospel to a secularised society.

The Sisters – part of the Franciscan family of the Immaculate Heart and St Maximilian – will support evangelisation through prayer, petition, self-offering and perpetual adoration.

The centre will also be a “house of prayer” for vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Church, but particularly to the priesthood.

Once established, the faithful will be invited to send email petitions related to the work of evangelisation, vocation and discipleship.

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