Friday, November 14, 2014

Irish Bishops Conference - Year of Consecrated Life

Below from the Irish Bishops Conference website (in green):  

Three representatives from the Conference of Religious of Ireland attended the Bishops’ Conference to discuss the celebration of the year for Consecrated Life.  

Father Gregory Carroll, OP, vice-president of CORI was accompanied by Sisters Pat O’Donoghue and Eithne Woulfe.  CORI plans for the year include a weekly celebration of Evening Prayer in Clarendon Street Church, Dublin at 6:15pm from 4 December 2014 as well as pilgrimages to the Holy Land in early May, and to Knock on 30 May.  

Other events planned include a seminar, open day and competitions for young people.  The meeting also discussed the value and contribution of religious to the life of the Church and society in Ireland and in Mission areas.  The hidden and effective presence of many older religious in present times was highlighted.  The importance of local and diocesan celebrations was also stressed, and the celebration of local religious in an ecclesial context.  The question of promoting religious life was raised and also its nurturing into the future.  It was agreed that these issues will be on the agenda of the next joint meeting of the Bishops’ Conference and CORI.

*I hope and presume that all Dioceses will have more things in place for the Year for Consecrated Life and that they would also have initiatives especially to promote Vocations to the Priesthood as it is in crisis here in Ireland as only 14 men entered the Seminary this year.  I would also ask everyone to light a candle in your Church and ask the Lord as you are doing so for a good and holy Vocation to the Priesthood in your Diocese and do so each and every day.   And yes, every day...

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