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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Ireland: new pastoral centre for Diocese of Kilmore
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¬†A milestone in the history of the Diocese of Kilmore, in the Irish Republic, was reached yesterday with the official opening of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, located in the former boarding wing of St Patrick's College, Cavan. The Bishop of Kilmore Dr Leo O'Reilly officiated at an ecumenical service to mark the event. Invited guests include Dr SeŠn Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and Dr Francis McKiernan, the retired Bishop of Kilmore. The keynote speaker at the opening reception was Ronan Mullen the religious affairs correspondent of the Irish Examiner newspaper. The idea for the centre was first suggested in October 2000 at the Kilmore Diocesan Congress. The centre has been in operation since January 2004 and has already become a major venue in the Cavan area for meetings, conferences and educational courses. Renovation work on the building, however, has only just been completed over the past few months and Sunday's event signals the availability of a now fully operational facility. Fr Gerry Kearns, Director said: "The centre aims to be a place of welcome for all, an oasis of Christian spirituality, education and growth in the diocese. Over the past year it has been a venue for many varied and interesting events. The first major event to be held in the new conference room was a leadership training weekend last January which was attended by 28 people from Counties Cavan, Meath and Leitrim. Since then the Pastoral Centre has hosted a number of days of reflection and formation for Eucharistic ministers, school retreats, retreats for adults, spiritual direction, Accord pre-marriage courses, Faith Friends and Gift programmes for young people from 7 to 16 years of age, liturgy workshops, priests' conferences and numerous meetings of diocesan commissions. "One of the main functions of the Centre will be to empower people to bring the Christian message to others and to give people the confidence to be strong and compassionate witnesses to Christian hope and love in a challenging and often dispiriting world." For more information visit: Source: Irish Catholic Media Office
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