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Young People - Fr. Chris O Donnell
Young People - Fr. Chris O Donnell

Fr  Chris O'Donnell is the Diocesan youth director and with Aoife Walsh was a resource person for delegates writing proposals in this area.

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Pastoral Care of the Family - Mr Phil Mortell
Pastoral Care of the Family - Mr Phil Mortell

Mr Phil Mortell spoke to us on the theme of 'Pastoral Care of the Family'. Phil has worked extensively in this area, and - with Jenny Rice - was a resource person for delegates writing proposals on this theme.

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Community and Belonging - Sr. Bernie O' Grady
Community and Belonging - Sr. Bernie O' Grady

Sr. Bernie O' Grady, Social Worker in Bedford Row Family Project and a Mercy Sister, spoke to us on our first theme on Friday morning: Community and Belonging.

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Limerick Post - #WATCH #Limerick Synod told church should reach out to those it hurt
Limerick Post - #WATCH #Limerick Synod told church should reach out to those it hurt

SYNOD 2016 has opened in Limerick with an overwhelming message that Catholic Church should reach out to those they hurt.

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Live 95FM - Community and sense of belonging discussed at first Limerick synod in 80 years Friday 8 April 2016
Live 95FM - Community and sense of belonging discussed at first Limerick synod in 80 years Friday 8 April 2016

Themes such as 'Community and Sense of Belonging' and 'Pastoral Care of the Family' are being discussed at the first Diocesan Synod in Limerick in 80 years.

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Limerick Diocese Pastoral Plan




The Diocese of Limerick has celebrated a Diocesan Synod, the first in 80 years. It has been an event of the Holy Spirit, an experience of deep encounter, a time of hope. The image of it that I treasure is one found on our Synod website - the hall in Mary Immaculate College with 400 people, lay, priests, single and married, young and older, gathered together in circles working hard but joyfully at discerning what God was calling us to as a Diocese.



Throughout our preparation for the Synod, the whole Diocese has been learning together to be "synodal", that is, walking together, journeying together, with Jesus among us, as we move forward in hope. When we gathered in April we invited the representatives of other churches and other religions along with representatives of the civic and social agencies of the City and County Council to join us. I felt our gathering was a glimpse of the Church that the Holy Spirit wants to be a community of communities with Jesus among us, serving society at all levels, offering it a soul, wanting to give our spiritual and social contribution that builds up the fabric of society.

I recall more than one person saying to me how moved they were to find themselves sitting side by side with priests, chatting about future directions of the Church. Some young people said to me they were sure if other young people could see this, they would be hugely impressed and really begin to understand more about the Church.

So I thank God for the Synod. It has given us an experience and an image that provide a benchmark in our hearts and minds for the future. With this pastoral letter I now present the Diocesan Plan that has been developed on the basis of the Synod. Before getting into the detail, I would like first of all to offer some perspectives that emerged from the Synod.