Bishop and delegates from our diocese attend national pre-synodal meeting

Delegates from the 26 dioceses on the island of Ireland; Religious Congregations; representatives from other Catholic groups and lay ecclesial associations; members of the clergy; members of the Synodal Pathway Steering Committee and Task Group will attend a meeting in Athlone this weekend to prepare the national submission to be sent to the Holy See ahead of the 2023 synod.

In March 2021 the Irish Bishops’ Conference announced a synodal pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland, leading to the organisation of a national synodal assembly. A five year timeline is envisaged for this work comprised of two phases:

(i)              a two-year phase of listening and discernment, and;

(ii)            followed by a three-year phase of planning and implementation 

The initial two-year phase coincides with the Universal Synod on Synodality announced by Pope Francis and taking place from 2021-2023 and so the listening work undertaken in Ireland for the Universal Synod is integrated with the preparations for Ireland’s national Synodal Pathway.  

The National Pre-Synodal Assembly on Saturday will see diocesan delegates and other participating groups gathering together to prepare the national synthesis which will be sent on to the Vatican and feed into the Universal Synod. 

The Diocese of Cork and Ross will be represented by Bishop Fintan Gavin; Deirdre Collins, Chaplain, Clonakilty Community College; Mary Anne Collins, Youth 2000 and Primary School Principal; Fr. John Heinhold, CC Bantry; Sr. Mary Usifoh, Mission and Vocation Animation Coordinator, Ardfoyle Sisters.