First synod in 50 years launched

The church of tomorrow must be inclusive and regenerated by us all, Limerick Bishop Brendan Leahy said as the first synod in Ireland in 50 years was launched.

First synod in 50 years launched

In his homily at the midday Mass at St John’s Cathedral, the Bishop of Limerick said there is an opportunity to rebuild the Church and urged that it not be missed.

“It’s undeniable that our Church has been rocked. It has stumbled badly but it has not fallen. Yet, while the Church reeled, faith remained precious. The Church is in need of repair. It’s what the Lord told St Francis in his time and tells us again now in our time.

“All of us together, clergy and lay, are being offered this opportunity to regenerate and build up the Church of the future in our diocese. Let’s not miss this appointment with history.”

He added that Ireland’s diocesan synod will take place in Spring 2016. It will be a three-day meeting of 350 delegates that will set out a blueprint for the diocese to meet the many challenges it faces.

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