BIshop Alan McGuckian.who with Fr. Ronan Sheehan and Fr. Robert Young.BIshop Alan McGuckian with Fr. Ronan Sheehan and Fr. Robert Young.

Irish representative at Vatican synod addresses local priests

The recent day of recollection organised for priests of the Diocese of Cork and Ross was addressed by one of the two bishops who attended last October’s synod in Rome.

Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ, Bishop of Raphoe, travelled to Clonakilty to address a meeting of the local priests. During his presentation he shared his experience of being at the Synod on synodality which was also attended by Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick the other Irish delegate.

He emphasised that growing synodality in the Cathoilic Church is not easy. It demands a commitment to prayerful discernment, patient listening and honest exchange of what people feel the Holy Spirit is calling us to be. 

Bishop McGuckian has recently been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Down and Connor.