Today's Homily Resource

20th September. Saturday, Week 24

Our inner potential



18Sep Different forms of priestly ministry?

Different forms of priestly ministry?

September 18th, 2014

In light of the discussion due to take place at the AGM and as part of the ongoing debate in our church about vocation and ordained ministry we include these two contributions of how ministry is already being carried out in varied ways in church. Thanks to Brian Eyre and Mossy Hynan for these contributions.

16Sep Killaloe Forum on the Diaconate: Tony Flannery

Killaloe Forum on the Diaconate: Tony Flannery

September 16th, 2014

Since I got involved in the reform movement in the Church with the ACP some five years ago I have attended many meetings and gatherings on various aspects of reform. Last night’s meeting in Clare, organised by the Killaloe Forum …

15Sep The challenge of mission

The challenge of mission

September 15th, 2014

Willy Slavin retired as a priest in Glasgow last year and says he has taken to a campervan to visit the 6000 miles or so of the Scottish Coast with an iPad.
He was 5 years in Bangladesh and spent 10 as chaplain to HMP Barlinnie afterwards.
He originally shared these thoughts about the future of the church in the light of the 'vocations crisis' in the magazine Open House.

13Sep Statement on the Synod, Association of Catholic Priests

Statement on the Synod, Association of Catholic Priests

September 13th, 2014

Statement issued by the Association of Catholic Priests on the forthcoming Synod on the Family.

11Sep Synod On The Family; Expectations Of A Diocesan Bishop

Synod On The Family; Expectations Of A Diocesan Bishop

September 11th, 2014

Johan Bonny, Bishop of Antwerp, Belgium, has written of his expectations of the forthcoming synod.

It is a longish document but well worth reading in its entirety. The following excerpts are meant to only give a flavour of what he has written.

10Sep The makeup of Synod of Bishops on the Family is disappointing

The makeup of Synod of Bishops on the Family is disappointing

September 10th, 2014

Thomas Reese in his latest NCR column expresses concerns that change is not really happening with the Curia if we are to judge by the make up of the upcoming Synod on the family. He says that " Having curial officials as members of a synod fails to recognize that they should be staff not policymakers."
He also states his concerns whether the lay auditors "will represent to the bishops the views of lay Catholics, but it is hard to argue that they are representative of Catholics at large." He concludes that " If Francis and the Council of Cardinals is not willing to change the makeup of the synod of bishops, it is hard to believe they will really fix the Roman Curia."

10Sep Married priests: A financial burden? Divided hearts?

Married priests: A financial burden? Divided hearts?

September 10th, 2014

Brian Eyre draws on his own experience to add his contribution to the General Assembly of the ACP on October the 1st on the discussion of the possible return of married priests to public ministry. Brian says that his own experiences show that married priests need not necessarily be a financial burden on a parish and secondly that their dedication and time will not be divided.

09Sep Annual General Meeting , 01 October, 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone,

Annual General Meeting , 01 October, 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone,

September 9th, 2014

Invitation to all members to AGM

The Vocations Crisis: will clustering work?

09Sep The Last Priests in Ireland

The Last Priests in Ireland

September 9th, 2014

As a preparation for our discussions ‘The Vocations Crisis, will clustering work?’ at our AGM on 01 October, we commend to our members two articles from the September Furrow, On the Edge by Donagh O’Meara and The Last Priests in Ireland by Donald Cozzens, which map out the context for our discussion.
We encourage as many of our members as possible to attend the AGM in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, 01 October 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

09Sep On the Edge

On the Edge

September 9th, 2014

As a preparation for our discussions ‘The Vocations Crisis, will clustering work?’ at our AGM on 01 October, we commend to our members two articles from the September Furrow, On the Edge by Donagh O’Meara and The Last Priests in Ireland by Donald Cozzens, which map out the context for our discussion.
We encourage as many of our members as possible to attend the AGM in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, 01 October 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.