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 to date been made available to 38 of the 46 parishes throughout the Archdiocese by way of Listening Gatherings (an open invitation to all parishioners), survey and the focus group method. The Listening Questionnaire is also available online to all within the Archdiocese – see link to Online Listening Process Questionnaire.
The Listening Process with the remaining 8 parishes as well as with different groups active within the Archdiocese is due for completion by the end of 2018. As the Listening Process progresses, the data is being collected, coded and analysed in preparation for feedback to groups /parishes so as to formulate, in consultation with all parishes, a pastoral plan for the Archdiocese in the New Year.