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Cashel & Emly Listening Process

Diocesan Pastoral Plan

The Listening Process has been completed throughout Cashel & Emly.

A key element of progressing pastoral planning is the formation and ongoing formation of parish pastoral groups so as to build the capacity for leadership.  Also, the engagement of a parish with the roll-out of a Diocesan Pastoral Plan of itself must connect with the findings of each Parish Listening Process.

Archbishop O’Reilly, in his recent Pastoral Letter to the priests and people of the Archdiocese, “Let us Go to God’s House” Psalm 122, stated that:

In the Archdiocese we began a journey of sharing and listening over four years ago. A journey of searching as to how best we can be alive and serve the presence of the living God in our times. Last year, the journey as it neared the end of the important listening phase was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, as we begin to emerge from the weeks and months of restricted living, and above all, the physical absence from each other’s company in our churches and in society, I am pleased to inform you that we are in the final stages of fine tuning the Pastoral Plan titled: “Seeds of Hope” 2021 -2026. This is the fruit of the work that has been undertaken by you, the people of the Archdiocese, over these years. 

My sincere thanks to all who participated in and facilitated the listening process – especially Fr. Martin Hayes, who was appointed Bishop of Kilmore in June last year. Since the Listening Process was completed, a period of reflection and discernment by the Diocesan Pastoral Council and the Council of Priests has been taking place that now results in the Pastoral Plan: Seeds of Hope 2021-2026.”

Over the coming months, I will give you further updates, concerning the launching of the Plan and outlining its various “Seeds” – but the process will be dry and arid if it is not accompanied by prayer and reflection about what we are doing – we, the people of faith in the Archdiocese commit ourselves to actively participate in God’s mission to love and embrace our world.

With thanks for your support as we stay with the process of drafting our Pastoral Plan and move towards engaging with you, the people and priests of our parishes, so as to support your implementation of pastoral initiatives into the future.

The full text of the Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter can be accessed here: Let us Go to God’s House May 2021

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