The day was named after St John Vianney who is the only parish priest to be canonised.
In addition to their involvement in music ministry, the 81 clergy in attendance were active in reading, serving, facilitation, introducing speakers, reporting on small groups and offering blessings.
One of the purposes of the gathering was to reflect on priorities for Archbishop O’Regan’s newly-appointed Bishop’s Council of Priests (BCOP). Specific suggestions included improvement two-way communication, past-oral planning and building up communion.
The day was also an opportunity to consider important issues for a refreshed Clergy Life and Ministry (CLAM) Committee and to nominate individuals (whether clergy or lay) who may be co-opted to serve on it. Topics which featured in small group discussions were ongoing formation, mental health support and regular gatherings.Jump to next article