The Association of Catholic Priests continues to work for reform in the Church as best we can. Despite the rapid decline in church attendance, and numbers of priests, as illustrated so clearly in the recent results of the survey of Dublin Archdiocese, the authorities of our church still refuse to enter into any form of worthwhile discussion with us on the future. But the presence of Pope Francis gives us all hope. We are grateful for the support and encouragement we continue to get from both priests and lay people.
- It is time for the annual subscription of €20. (Some have already paid, at the AGM and elsewhere). You can pay through the PayPal system on the ACP website, or send a cheque to: Patricia Wade, Bullaun, Loughrea, Co. Galway.
- Since our foundation, the ACP has operated with a minimum of structure. This was due to the fact that all the people involved in membership were busy with the rest of their lives, and our financial situation did not allow for taking on a paid employee. We know that the association has suffered because of this, with poor communications between leadership and members.
As a result we have decided to take on a part-time administrative secretary, and currently we have a number of applicants, and are arranging interviews.
We will need some help in covering the salary of this person. What we are looking for is people who would be willing to be a sponsor of this initiative by contributing €100. A list of sponsors will be put on the website, unless people wish to remain anonymous.
Those who are willing to be sponsors are asked to please send their contribution directly to Fr. Brendan Hoban, Moygownagh, Ballina, Co. Mayo. The money contributed by sponsors will also be deemed to cover their membership fee.
All Cheques should be made out to “The Association of Catholic Priests” and not in the name of any individual member.
The Leadership Team:
Brendan Hoban, Gerry O’Connor, Seamus Ahearne, Sean McDonagh.