Pope Francis has urged the lay faithful to engage actively in the consultation process in advance of the 2015 Synod on the Family.
In many dioceses and parishes around the country consultation is underway, mostly focused on the “Lineamenta” and the associated questions circulated by the Vatican.
To provide ACI members and supporters with an alternative approach to the consultation process the Steering Group is organising an ‘Open Forum’ on the Family’ in the Regency Hotel in Dublin on Saturday, 21 March, 2015.
The ‘Open Forum’ will include a number of short presentations on the real ‘lived experiences’ of people surviving on the margins of the church as a result of marriage break-down, involvement in second relationships, and sexual orientation.
The programme, which will be facilitated by Dr. Margaret Nugent from NUIM, will provide opportunities for detailed consideration of the key issues via small group discussions and a plenary session. Dr. Margaret Nugent is a staff member in the Adult and Community Education Department in NUIM and has extensive experience in working with community groups, statutory, semi-state and non-governmental organisations at home and in Africa, India and South America.
Following the event a report on the proceedings will be compiled and forwarded to the Conference of Irish Catholic Bishops and the Synod Secretariat in the Vatican.
You can book a place by emailing your name(s) and a telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration will also be possible on the day from 10.30 am. Online booking will be available shortly.
ACI Steering Group