The upcoming Pentecost gatherings on Saturday 27th in Rosscarbery and on Sunday 28th May in Cork city will be a wonderful opportunity for people and priests to gather to further develop the way forward for our diocese and the Family of Parishes way of being Church
At the centre of both gatherings will be presentations from Julianne Stanz who is Director of New Evangelization in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. Julianne has extensive experience in guiding faith communities towards a more vibrant and mission-oriented future. Her expertise and wisdom will be thought-provoking as we navigate the changes in our own diocese.
Bishop Fintan Gavin has announced the appointment in the Diocese of Cork and Ross of a Parish Life Co-ordinator
Eilís Casey who has commenced work with the Diocese will direct the Office for Mission and Ministry.
As Parish Life Co-ordinator she will work to support the implementation of the vision of the Family of Parishes’ way of being church in the Diocese identifying and responding to the needs of parishes and faith communities as they develop new ways of ministry and new structures to serve the mission.
The Parish Life Co-ordinator will also resource the ministry of priests as they develop team ministry in collaboration with parish leadership groups navigating together the transition to Families of Parishes.
Until recently, Eilís was principal of the new secondary school in Doon, Co Limerick, and has academic qualifications in theology, education, law and mediation.
On Friday 12th May, Bishop Fintan celebrated Mass at Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, marking International Nurse Day and also 100 years of the School of Nursing at the hospital
Nurse Education at Bon Secours Cork began in 1923 with Sr. Mary Engelberth as the school’s first tutor.
Today, BSHC plays an important role in Nurse Education through its clinical partnership with UCC and the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery.
The future of the Catholic Church in our diocese requires lay people in the parishes and faith communities along with the priests who minister to them to work closely together in new ways.
A married woman and a mother of three children will lead two gatherings in the diocese in May where she will share the experience she has from working with parishes across America.
Julianne Stanz, a native of Co Carlow and now resident in Wisconsin, USA, was invited by Bishop Fintan Gavin to help address the challenges for our parishes identified by lay people and clergy at recent meetings.
A group of forty young people will travel to Lisbon with Bishop Fintan at the end of July to join millions of other young people from around the world for World Youth Day
Recently they met in Mardyke House, Cork, to prepare for their pilgrimage and to get to know each other.
It was a wonderful evening of joy, prayer, fun and formation.
The next preparatory meeting will be on Thursday May 18th and then the group will go on a day long retreat together in June.
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