The Diocese of Limerick has launched a week-long series of events, all leading to the official Limerick Diocesan Synod which will take place from 8-10 April. The Synod of Limerick will be the first in the diocese of Limerick in 80 years, and the first synod held in Ireland in 50 years.
The synod was called by Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick in December 2014 to look at ways of reinvigorating the Church and how it operates in the diocese so that it best meets the spiritual and pastoral needs of the people of Limerick in the years ahead, taking into account the good work and challenges of the past and challenges and opportunities of the future.
More than 100 proposals across six separate themes for the future direction of the Church in Limerick will be discussed and voted on at the synod which received a Papal Blessing earlier today.
The themes to be discussed at the synod re as follows:
- Community & Sense of Belonging
- New Models of Leadership
- Liturgy & Life
- Pastoral Care of the Family
- Faith Formation
- Youth Ministry
Speaking to iCatholic, and calling to mind the meaning of the word synod, Bishop Leahy spoke on what inspired his decision to hold a synod in Limerick: “We’re a people, we journey together; we try to understand things together”.
The full iCatholic interview with Bishop Leahy can be viewed here.