Last week I indicated to you that I would attempt to cover some of what we have been discovering during the Plenary Council Animator Training sessions, which have been held around the diocese over the past few weeks. The Core Team, consisting of people from the Catholic Schools Office, Religious Education and Spirituality Team and from our Pastoral Ministries Team have just completed 15 sessions of training and formation. About 150 people have participated in this formation from across our parishes, schools, and hospitals. I am thrilled that so many have come along to seek out ways to be engaged in this critical invitation to be involved and to respond.
Once again, I am at my desk on a Sunday evening, and like many of you, finding the past week in the political context disturbing. I saw one headline refer to it as chaos and that is indeed what it has been. In an article written in Eureka Street on 24th August, by Frank Brennan, Consolations from the Liberal Party mess, he notes: