In September 2018, Bishop Richard issued a Pastoral Plan for the Diocese, called 'The Word who is Life'.
In the introduction, Bishop Richard writes:
‘We are in an ever-changing context and this Pastoral Plan, seeks to provide a way forward for the Diocese that will enable us to proclaim Christ in this new setting. Formation in the Christian Life, at an ever-deepening level and at every age, is necessary. We are Christ’s instruments in a society that is in need of Evangelisation.
This is the Mission of the Church – the 'New Evangelisation' to which Pope St John Paul II, Pope Benedict and Pope Francis have called us. There is so much good work already being done in our parishes and deaneries, in our schools and chaplaincies – but we must look to the future with renewed resolution and energy, growing from ever-deepening prayer and aided by continuing growth in understanding.’