Annual General Meeting
Association of Catholic Priests
will be held at the
Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone,
Tuesday, 24 November
Agenda of AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests 2015
The Association of Catholic Priests will hold its AGM at Hodson Bay Hotel,
on November 24th, 2015 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.
The keynote speaker this year will be Helen Costigan, SHCJ, a canon lawyer
from England who lectures in Heythrop College, London. She will speak on the
“Clerical Sexual Misconduct: rights and responsibilities’.
In an article in the June issue of The Furrow she asked questions about the
legality of some of the procedures being used by Church authorities in
dealing with their priests.
Born in Scotland, Helen Costigan attended the University of Glasgow, and
studied History and Politics. Moving to London, she completed a Diploma in
Management while working in marketing, then joined one of the-then Big 4
accountancy firms, qualifying as a chartered accountant. After joining the
Society of the Holy Child Jesus, she studied at Heythrop College, gaining a
Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology (with distinction), and an M.Th.
in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. She then continued part-time study at
K U Leuven, in Belgium, for a JCL (Licentiate in Canon Law, magna cum
laude), with a thesis entitled “Clerical Sexual Misconduct: Is There Another
Way Forward?¹, and a JCD (Doctorate in Canon Law), with a thesis on the
temporal goods of the Church.
Chair: Gerry O¹Connor, C.Ss.R.
1. Opening Prayer
3. Address of Helen Costigan, SHCJ
4. Open forum : Comment, opinion, possible resolution.
Break for tea/coffee.
5. Business meeting:
Some weeks ago the Leadership of the ACP had a meeting with about ten members to discuss issues relating to the future of the association. The report of that meeting is: http://www.associationofcatholicpriests.ie/2015/09/report-on-acp-meeting-09-september-2015/
We invite members to read this report, and if they wish to bring up other issues about the ACP, its structure, purpose, future, etc., to please send proposals for the AGM to any of the Leadership Team at least a week before the AGM takes place. The following three points came through that meeting:
(i) Proposal to appoint an executive secretary
(ii) Proposal to appoint an advisory council
(iii) Proposal re leadership
6. Three Specific Points:
(i) The election of bishops. The Leadership will put a statement to the members for approval.
(ii) The vocations crisis
(iii) “Silenced¹ priests and the Year of Mercy
7. Laudato Si, Pope Francis” encyclical on the environment. Sean McDonagh will speak briefly on the encyclical.
8. Summing up
9. Final prayer
The AGM is open to all priests, members and non-members.
The AGM is open to the media.
We encourage members to spread the word, especially to priests who do not use the internet. If members could get it into diocesan bulletins it would be great, or if not to ring around those you know are interested, be they members or not.
Religious might be able to get the agenda onto the community notice boards.
This is an important time in the history of the ACP, and we would appreciate a good attendance at the AGM.