Annual meeting of representatives of the Irish Episcopal Conference and of the Bishops of the Church of Ireland takes place in Dublin

09 Oct 2017

In the spirit of the recommendation of the International Anglican / Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) that there should be regular meetings of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops in individual countries to discuss common concerns, a sixth such meeting of Irish bishops took place in Dublin on September 28th.  Thirteen bishops were present representing the Episcopal Conference and the House of Bishops. In an atmosphere marked by positivity and candour, the bishops discussed a wide range of issues of common interest in relation to the ministry and service churches offer in Irish society, both North and South of the Border.  These included education; engagement with young people; the World Meeting of Families emphasizing its ecumenical possibilities ; the plight of Refugees and Migrants; current social issues.  All the participants said the experience was very valuable as they shared insightful perspectives that engendered renewed commitment to promoting the Kingdom of God.

Time was also taken for shared prayer and reflection and informal encounter.

The bishops present included

Church of Ireland
Archbishop Richard Clarke (Armagh)
Archbishop Michael Jackson (Dublin & Glendalough)
Bishop Patricia Storey (Meath and Kildare)
Bishop Kenneth Good (Derry & Raphoe)
Bishop Michael Burrows (Cashel Ferns and Ossory)
Bishop Patrick Rooke (Tuam, Killala and Achonry)

Roman Catholic
Bishop Tony Farquhar (Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor)
Bishop John Fleming (Killala)
Bishop Donal McKeown (Derry)
Bishop Brendan Leahy (Limerick)
Bishop Raymond Browne (Kerry)
Bishop Kevin Doran (Elphin)
Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ (Raphoe)


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