Members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference gathered in-person this week for their Spring 2022 General Meeting at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  The President of the Conference is Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and the Vice-President is Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin.

During their meeting bishops prayed for people who died from Covid-19 during the global pandemic, and their bereaved, as well as for families and loved ones who have suffered due to the restrictions placed on funeral rites and attendance. Bishops also prayed for peace and for the people of Ukraine.

The main issues discussed by the bishops during their Spring General Meeting, which concluded on Wednesday 9 March, included:

  • Praying for the people of Ukraine and for peace and relief from the humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion
  • Synodal Pathway
  • New Lay Ministries of Lector, Acolyte and Catechist
  • Welcoming a return to full public worship
  • Trócaire’s Lenten appeal in support of impoverished people in Zimbabwe
  • Safeguarding children in the Catholic Church
  • Reconfiguration of patronage at primary-school level
  • Lent and preparation for Holy Week and Easter
  • International Women’s Day
  • Appointments

You can read their statement in full here.

ENDS