The Diocesan Pastoral Council – comprising of women and men, priests and religious sisters from across the Archdiocese – began a journey of reflection and discernment in June 2015. They engaged with the Council of Priests, met with the priests and upon advice from representatives of neighbouring dioceses formulated a Listening Questionnaire to reflect the realities of the Archdiocese.
The Listening Process was formally launched with the publication of Archbishop Kieran’s Pastoral Letter, entitled ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’ in September 2017 – see link to Pastoral Letter and the appointment of a full time Director of Pastoral Planning & Development, Fr Martin Hayes.
The Listening Process Questionnaire has now taken place in all of the 46 parishes throughout Cashel & Emly by way of Listening Gatherings (an open invitation to all parishioners), survey and/or the focus group method. The Listening Questionnaire continues to be available online throughout the month of December until the 31st December 201 – see link to Online Listening Process Questionnaire.
As the Listening Process has progressed, the data has being collected and is being analysed in preparation for feedback and the formulation of a diocesan pastoral plan in the New Year.