Wednesday 29 April

Thought for the day from Ruth Marlow

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.”  1 Corinthians 16:13-14  (NIV)

Today the 29th April is the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, who died on this day in 1380. Catherine was, by all accounts a most extraordinary woman. She was a lay women, a mystic, activist and author. She devoted herself to prayer, nursed and cared for the poor and sick as well as working for peace and unity in the church and the wider politics of Italy. She was very determined and highly regarded, trusted to speak truth to power.

We have reached a point in this current crisis when many people are finding it increasingly difficult to hold fast to the rules placed on us to maintain the lockdown and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It is becoming easier to be tempted to stretch or break the rules when we see some the rules beginning to be eased, such as the opening of large DIY stores, yet we cannot go for a longer walk and stop for a picnic, or pray alone in our churches.

Catherine sought to set an example to others through her prayers, good works, and negotiations. She persevered in her attempts to intervene in the political and religious divisions of her day in the pursuit of unity and common understanding. As we too struggle with the challenges of holding fast to the rules and requirements of the current crisis, we could perhaps reflect on the life and example of Catherine, the patron saint of nurses, and hold fast to the necessary restrictions in our lives to preserve the lives of others.

Ruth Marlow is the Diocesan Secretary and a member of the Bishop's Core Staff Team

National requirements and guidance

The Church of England website has a dedicated page for the latest national requirements and guidance.  There have been no changes today.

Dial-in-worship from the catherdal

Coventry Cathedral are providing a dial-in-worship which is particularly aimed at people who have no internet access.

Calls to 02476 939700 are charged at the standard rate.  Details can be found on a new page on this website.


Best wishes,


Revd Graeme Pringle
Director of Communications