Bishop Fintan Monahan (pictured) has issued a Pastoral Letter Going forward in Faith, Hope and Love to the people of the Diocese of Killaloe, to encourage discussion on the future planning for the diocese.
The senior prelate launched the plan in the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Ennis, in conjunction with the celebration of the Vigil Mass for Mission Sunday, on 21 October.
At the launch Bishop Monahan said, “I wish to thank from the bottom of my heart the many people involved in the process that has led to the publication of this important pastoral letter for the faith community of our diocese. It could not have happened without your commitment and prayers, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. At this time I wish to express my gratitude to you for your support to the ongoing faith related work of the diocese, and I offer my blessing and good wishes to all as together we move ‘forward in Faith, Hope and Love.’”
“The document is a plan to sustain the Church in the coming years and addresses the structure of pastoral areas, pastoral practice, liturgy, clergy, new lay volunteer ministries, administration, evangelisation and mission,” Bishop Monahan said.
The drafting of this pastoral plan for the diocese follows extensive consultation, discussion and discernment – which was consciously undertaken in synodal way – throughout Killaloe. This consultation has been ongoing since the Spring of this year.
A summary of the document has been made available in churches, and the full version or the working document for parish pastoral councils has also been circulated throughout the diocese. See below to access links.