Posts Tagged ‘Ministry’

The future of ministry: by whom and for whom?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
future of ministry

Meet any group of Catholics today and within minutes someone will mention that their diocese or local area is undergoing a “re-organization”. Parishes are being combined, the ordained ministers being spread more thinly around communities, and the access to gathering for Eucharistic activity is being curtailed. The process is sometimes given an elegant name derived Read more

Women in stipendiary ministry training outnumber men

Monday, May 9th, 2022

Women training for stipendiary ministry at St Padarn’s Institute, Cardiff, are now in a majority, outnumbering men by 18 to eight. Three of the women are under 30 — deemed good news for the age profile; a further three are between 30 and 39; six are 40-49; four are 50-59; and two are between 60 Read more

Excluding women from ordained ministry is a form of abuse

Monday, February 21st, 2022
Excluding women

We live in a world where, sadly, abusive behaviour is rife. Whether it be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, or any other form of abuse, it needs to be called out at every level. It is usually perpetrated by men against women, precisely because they can. Physical strength, the male combative nature and patriarchal cultures all Read more

Mission, Ministries and co-responsibility

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

The front line of the Church’s work is the Christian people whose lives are leaven in the dough of all the ordinary circumstances of ordinary life. The purpose of ministries within the Church is to provide nurture and formation for that mission.  It is the mission that matters. Part I – Ministries For some years Read more

Encouragement for light on feet and innovative ministry

Monday, September 13th, 2021
Be light on feet and innovative ministry

Church congregations in Wales “who have shown the power of love in action at a community level” during COVID are receiving praise from Rev Andy John, the Bishop of Bangor. “We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts and say how proud we are of what you have given in the service Read more

Sacrifice, women and ministry: That’s then this is now

Thursday, July 15th, 2021
That's then this is now

People on the edges are what the Church sacrifices most today Elizabeth Young RSM told the conversation on Flashes of Insight. She describes these people as ‘lost opportunities’. Young, a pastoral worker who once worked in a large diocese, says that city dioceses, hospitals, schools and parish communities are generally well resourced and have good Read more

Ministry clarity or crumbs from the table?

Thursday, July 8th, 2021
ministry clarity for women

Anything that authenticates, makes visible and validates women’s ministry will help women take their rightful place in the Church says Kate Bell, a theologian and catechist. She made the comment on Flashes of Insight, a conversation between herself, and fellow theologians, Fiona Dyball, Elizabeth Young and Jo Ayers. The women discussed the newly approved ministries Read more

We don’t need women deacons

Monday, May 31st, 2021
Women deacons

Women deacons are in effect working well in the Church, except we do not call them deacons, and they are not ordained. This is the view of Dr Joe Grayland, theologian, author and parish priest of three parishes in Palmerston North, New Zealand. He questions whether we need another form of the clergy. Grayland made Read more

What is the new ministry of catechist?

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
catechist

Pope Francis on Tuesday instituted the new lay ministry of catechist, with the apostolic letter Antiquum ministerium (“Ancient ministry”). You might have questions about what this ministry is and who it is for. What is the instituted ministry of catechist? An instituted ministry is a type of formal, vocational service within the Catholic Church. It Read more

Reforming Catholic liturgy

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
Catholic liturgy

Other than sex, nothing is more heatedly debated by Catholics than the liturgy. Everyone has strong opinions based on years of personal experience. In the 1960s and ’70s, Pope Paul VI implemented revolutionary liturgical reforms laid out by the Second Vatican Council, but after his death in 1978, the Vatican put a stop to the Read more