Regional Meetings on the Wellbeing of Priests.
ACP Members are encouraged to extend an invitation to all priests.
Ardagh & Clonmacnoise, Clogher, Kilmore and Meath; Wednesday 7th June 2.00pm, The Kilmore Hotel, Cavan Town
Clonfert, Galway, Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora: Thursday 15th June 2.00-4.30pm
Clogher ACP members met to consider pastoral supervision/reflection for priests, and leanred that no comparable professional walk of life leaves the requirement for self-care absolutely to its own personnel.
Seamus Ahearne writes about the necessity of the ACP.
“I think the ACP exists not just to make noise or to be prophetic but to add ballast and communion to the collective in ministry. We are at breaking point as priests. We will fall apart if we stay apart.”
” the ACP is to reach out and call attention to the tiredness and to the ageing of the diocesan priests. What is the support structure for them? Creating clusters and adding on more work to do cannot be the answer. Creative and imaginative ideas are necessary (as Francis said). We cannot go on as we are.”
“The ACP isn’t just a vehicle for the journalists to use or an association of renegades. The ACP cannot be about the big noisy issues – nor can we forever be fighting big causes. It is the essentials of faith that are our interests and the ordinary issues of day to day life.”
Press statement from the Chicago conference of International Catholic Priest Movements and Reform Groups.
This statement was issued by the ACP at the end of the gathering in the Regency Hotel, Dublin on 7 May, ‘Towards an Assembly of the Irish Catholic Church’
This account, prepared by the Leadership Team, describes the efforts at dialogue which the ACP have attempted with the Irish Bishops.