Important! - Synod Postponed
Dear Friends in Saint Augustine,
As the date for our Synod draws ever closer I am very conscious that many people are concerned and even worried about the impact of Covid-19 (The Corona Virus). Many have expressed these concerns to me personally or to other members involved in the planning of this day.
It is with great reluctance that we have taken the decision to postpone our Synod Day. We are, of course, disappointed to do so but it is the right decision and made in the best interests of our participants and all concerned.
There is good news however, and that is that we have already set the new date for our gathering! The Synod will take place in the same location, Lyrath Estate Conference Centre, and follow the same format on Saturday October 10th. The Organising Committee will meet in the coming days to see what we have learned even from this part of the experience and we are sure the resulting Synod Day will be as good if not better, not withstanding this measure which we take in good faith. We will endeavour to continue our planning process in the interim and fine tune the entire process even further.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are affected by this virus. Those who have sadly died, those who are ill and those who have the onerous task of managing this crisis. May God direct all efforts to a speedy conclusion and a healthy outcome for all.
Yours in Saint Augustine,
John Hennebry osa and all the Organising Committee.
The Irish Augustinian Lay Forum
The Lay Forum is made up of a group of dedicated people who come together a couple of times a year to consider the future of Faith in Ireland.
We ask hard questions in a Faith context such as:
- What are you seeking by coming here today?
- Where do you experience God in your life?
- Can you shape your dream of Faith in the future for us?
For those who participate, we, the Augustinians, share an understanding of our ethos, pastoral works and services. Our hope is to build an image of what Faith will look like in the future so that everyone can find God.
Some thoughts going forward
- The Forum is a body that is to provide leadership and vision for the whole Province- rather than to search for solutions to local issues.
- The regional meetings are a moment of possibility for hearing where people are at and in that hearing to begin to plan for the gathering (Synod) in 2019.
- The way of working is prayerful discernment- what might this mean for the Forum in terms of how it works and how members relate to each other and the people in the local communities?
Reflections for our upcoming Regional Meetings
The articles attached in the PDF document below come from the Furrow (Sept 2019) and were written by Dermot McCarthy & Gerry O'Hanlon. They are interesting in how they explore the interaction and relationship between Church and State, while also reflecting on the recent history of the Church as it moves forward into Pope Francis' hope for a more synodal type Church. They may be of interest to readers of our Lay Forum but especially those who will be attending the upcoming Regional Meetings.