The final gathering of delegates ahead of this April’s synod took place this weekend at Mary Immaculate College. The 400 or so delegates – 70% of whom are lay people – met to establish a format for the upcoming synod and to group the more than 100 proposals that have been submitted under the six themes agreed upon for the synod. The submission of proposals was the third in a three-part preparatory phase in the build-up to next month’s gathering.
The first stage in the preparatory phase saw the production of a questionnaire that received over 4,000 responses from the faithful, as well as meetings attended by over 1,500 people. Using the information gathered in the first stage, the second stage discerned the themes to be at the forefront of the upcoming synod.
The themes chosen were:
Community and Sense of Belonging;
Pastoral Care of the Family;
New Models of Leadership;
Liturgy and Life; and
The Limerick Diocesan Synod will take from 8 to 10 April 2016. More information can be found on their website here.