Posts Tagged ‘Lay leadership’

Ireland’s Catholic Church prepares for a new era

Monday, February 27th, 2023
new era

Catholics in Dublin are facing a new era where lay members of the community will be leading liturgies formerly conducted by priests. It’s just a matter of time before they’ll be conducting funerals, marriages and baptisms in the Dublin archdiocese and elsewhere, a diocesan spokesman says. They’ll be doing everything but celebrating the Mass and Read more

Little leaks from Pope’s closed-door meetings with cardinals

Thursday, September 1st, 2022
closed door meetings

Closed-door meetings Pope Francis had with about 180 cardinals this week focused on how the Catholic Church’s governance could be made more inclusive. So far little has officially emerged from the meetings. According to the accounts of those interviewed however, the pope encouraged all participants to speak from the heart. One topic on the agenda Read more

Lay lust for power is not about the Gospel

Monday, September 20th, 2021

A lust for service, rather than a lust for power is what should drive the Church’s lay-leaders, Pope Francis says. Their “mission is to serve, not to wield power or exert control over others.” Francis made the comments in a meeting last Thursday with moderators of Catholic lay associations, ecclesial movements and new communities. Many Read more

A laboratory for lay leadership

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
aboratory for lay leadership

A small ecclesial revolution; a laboratory for lay leadership is currently taking place in the Catholic Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg in Switzerland. But it likely would not have come about so soon without COVID-19 as a detonator. “The pandemic has precipitated a situation that I expected to see in 20 or 30 years: Read more

Looking for radical solutions to Church of England decline

Monday, July 12th, 2021

Petertide — the days around the feast of St. Peter on June 29 — is traditionally one of the most joyful seasons for the Church of England, a time for the ordination of new priests and deacons. But this year’s Petertide has been marred by what many have interpreted as an attack on the future Read more

Lay and ordained, co-responsible leadership

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Ash Wednesday

The most critical shift emphasis since Vatican II is the appreciation and understanding of God’s calling for us laypeople. “They are the Church – co-responsible with bishops, priests, and religious for Christ’s mission on earth” writes Martin Work in “Laity” an introductory observation prefacing Apostolicam Actuositatem. (The decree on the laity). We are the People Read more

New general manager for Palmerston North diocese

Monday, August 17th, 2020

Liam Greer has been appointed as the general manager of the Palmerston North diocese. Greer, whose family has a five-generation association with the diocese, grew up in Palmerston North, attending St Peter’s College. He has a degree in valuation and property management and worked as a property valuer for a few years. Read more in Read more

Irish parishes hear about New Zealand experience

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

A New Zealand cardinal told a conference on the future of parishes in Ireland that his diocese benefited from the appointment of church workers known as lay pastoral leaders who exercise many functions that normally would be the responsibility of a parish priest. Continue reading

Cardinal Dew to address conference in Ireland on the future of parishes

Monday, August 13th, 2018
future of parishes

Cardinal John Dew will be giving talks in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly and in the Archdiocese of Dublin as part of a pastoral conference at the end of the month. He has been invited by the Irish archbishops to speak about the Wellington Archdiocese’s experience with its own Launch Out programme, established to Read more

Maureen Laws: A pioneering nurse who set new standards

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

In 1999, Mike Sexton’s adoptive parents had died, and he thought it was time to seek out his birth mother. He encountered in Maureen Laws an independent, well-educated, well-travelled woman with a great many threads to her life: a pioneering nurse, who broke new ground for many in her profession; a devoted Roman Catholic, who Read more