Schedule for “Towards an Assembly of the Irish Catholic Church”

Regency Hotel: Monday, May 7th; 10.15am to 4.30pm
(Under the auspices of the Association of Catholic Priests)
First Session: Naming the Reality.

  • There will be four speakers giving short input.
  • Followed by a general forum.

Tea/Coffee Break
Second Session: The Vision

  • Three speakers outlining their vision for the Church.
  • Followed by general forum.

Break for Lunch (available in the hotel)
Third Session: Where to from here.
A presentation of a statement, coming out of the morning sessions. This might contain something like the following:

  • A call for a new model of Church
  • Calling lay groups to work together to make this model a reality
  • Asking that this process continue towards a full assembly of the Irish Church.
  • This presentation will be followed by a general forum which, hopefully, will shape the final document.

This gathering is open to all, lay and clergy. At some suitable time during the day there will be an opportunity for lay groups and individuals to gather, with a view to looking at the possibility of forming some type of lay ‘umbrella group’ comprising of existing groups and interested individuals.
If you are planning to attend we ask you to register on this website, so that we will know how many are coming.
There is no charge for attendance, but lunch will be at you own expense.

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  1. Nora O Riordan says:

    Wishing you all the best for Monday’s gathering. Tried to register now and am disappointed to find that that there are no places left. That’s a good sign! Am in a small rural parish in west Cork where Pobal Dé is struggling too.

  2. Mary Wood says:

    God be with you all. And may the Holy Spirit inspire your bishops to pay close attention to what is said and what may be envisaged.

  3. Sorry I was unable to be present at the gathering today. I thank you for your leadership in this time of crisis in our Church. Your direction for the meeting is very interesting and open to involve the whole Pobal Dhe. This is something that should be ongoing since Vat.11
    Would love to get some notes or minutes on the outcome of the day.
    May your work be the result of a church searching in union with the Spirit for signs of hope.
    My email is

  4. maryclare says:

    Dear All who attended the ‘gathering’….
    Whatever happened to Holy Obedience? That which you brother priests
    vowed to your Bishop (alter Christus)at ordination?
    The Church is a THEOCRACY not a democracy’ and there a doctrines that are simply not open to discussion i.e. one has to believe them in order to be/remain Roman Catholic. Please I beg you do not persist in this disobedience but as St.Benedict says ‘Incline the ear of your heart’ to Jesus and to His lawfully appointed
    representatives through the apostolic succession which comes through St.Peter from Jesus Himself. Please do not separate yourselves from His Church. Its all about Jesus, NOT you…
    I commend you to His Blessed Mother, that you will return to the one true fold, and not further divide it.
    Please I beg you.

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