A major pastoral assembly to be held next year will chart a fresh blueprint for renewal in the Church here.
The key consultative meeting, which is planned for September 2014, is
part of a worldwide push for renewal in the Church and will focus
specifically on the role of the laity in the life of the Church here.
News of the symposium follows the recent publication of the document
Evangelii Gaudium in which Pope Francis urged Catholics “to make
ordinary pastoral activity on every level more inclusive and open”.
Bishop Donal McKeown, a member of the committee planning the special
assembly, told The Irish Catholic this week the conference will
prioritise adult faith development and establish a plan for the future
of the Church in Ireland.
“The conference is part of a national strategy to enable diocesan
personnel to learn and aims to provide them with the resources they need
to assist in their pastoral outreach.
“It will provide a forum where we can agree on a shared
ecclesiastical vision for the future of the Church in the context of
global renewal,” the bishop said.
Also speaking to The Irish Catholic this week, Bishop Denis Nulty of
Kildare & Leighlin said the meeting will be “a great opportunity to
encourage the positive and good work already happening at local parish
level, while also giving a boost to those who may need it”.
“Ultimately the conference will be about exploring faith and the New
Evangelisation. Evangelisation is the way forward for 2014,” he said.
Meanwhile, organiser Sr Anne Codd, said the conference will be about “capacity building”.
“The primary aim of the conference will be evangelisation and it will
enhance the capacity of participants to go out and do the same. It will be guided by the vision of Share the Good News and will
offer participants the opportunity to grow together into a living faith
community, that is, a community of evangelisers,” she said.
The national assembly is set to take place in Athlone from September
25-27, 2014 and details are expected to be distributed to parishes and
communities early in the New Year in an attempt to maximise lay