Fr Liam Morgan, convened a meeting of graduates from the Youth Ministry Studies programme, leaders from World Youth Day and Meitheal leaders to consider the possibilities for Youth Ministry in the Diocese over the next four years.


The group considered the meaning and purpose of Youth Ministry, the skills and qualities necessary for youth ministry and the benefits for the young people involves and for the Diocese. Bishop Jim spoke to the group on looking to the future.

Liam then invited those present to consider being part of the Diocesan Youth Ministry Team to bring this ministry forward over the next four years.

Diocesan Youth Ministry Team

Those who have accepted the invitation are;–

Fr Liam Morgan CC, Diocesan Youth Director
Robert Norton, Faith Development Services
Trish O’Neill, Faith Development Services
Fr Kevin Walsh CC, Portlaoise Parish
Lorraine Byrne, Clonmore, Social Worker
Mairead Sutton, Clonmore, World Youth Day Leader
Ita Wyse, Youth Ministry Worker in Allen Parish
Fr Pat Hughes CC Newbridge Parish
Paddy Naughton, Clane, student of history and Education in Mater Dei
Mossy and Claire Kenny, Carlow,
both graduates of the Youth Ministry Studies Programme

Future Events

The short term calendar of events will include:

Extending an invitation to young people involved in music ministry to the planned evening of reflection and music in Portlaoise parish church on January 30th

Encouraging young music ministers to participate in the planned music workshops to be given by Marty Haugen and Tony Alonso in the Cathedral on February 1st.

A Lenten Youth retreat is planned for the afternoon of Sunday 29th of March in Mount St Anne’s Retreat Centre. This is aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 24, and those who work with them in parishes. Ronan Johnson (RTE) will be the guest speaker, and the afternoon will also include music, prayer and reflection. Further details including booking forms will be available in the near future.

We hope to participate in the Knock Youth Festival at the end of July this year. This is a residential event and is for young people who are over 18.

Two training days for young Ministers of the Word from the Diocese will be held in the spring. These will be based on Entrusted with the Word, but will have the added dimension of bringing young adults who are involved in this ministry in their various parishes together.

More details on these events will be posted in the near future.