The priests of the Diocese of Meath gathered recently to address parish ministry in the future and renewal in priestly life.

The topics on the agenda included evangelisation, liturgy, youth ministry, rationalisation of Masses and working with the media.

Among those making presentations to the priests were the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal who are currently working in Limerick city, Fr Bernard Murphy from The Bronx, New York, Senator Rnn Mullen and journalist John Waters. The conference was be chaired by RTE’s Eileen Dunne.

Fr Denis Nulty (Chairman of the Council of Priests) explained that –

this is our first major Meath Diocesan conference in a few years and it is organised by the Council of Priests. The theme is “Support & Renewal in our Priestly Ministry”. The format for the conference is designed to engage all the participating priests in the opportunities and challenges the Church of the Diocese of Meath will face into the future and to equip us with skills to meet those challenges and to take up those opportunities as they arise.

Fr Nulty highlighted the changes in ministry in recent years: “the footprint of Church in the Diocese is changing fastly with population expansion, less priests and ordained personnel and heavier demands on all in pastoral ministry. While our ultimate goal is to preach the good news of Jesus Christ in season and out of season, we need perhaps a new skill, a new confidence and a new conviction to convey this message. It is the hope of the Council of Priests that our three day conference help us along the road to achieving these goals.”