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March 2008.

The diocesan pastoral plan "Pilgrim Steps" which was published in 2005 recommended that parishes be reorganised into pastoral areas. In 2007 Bishop Buckley formed a working group to further explore ways of advancing greater cooperation between parishes. A diocesan meeting of clergy, religious, chairpersons and secretaries of parish parish councils, parish assemblies and parish finance committees was convened on March 9th, 2008, in Cork, where proposals were presented by the bishop and the working group to the diocese.

The meeting was attended by over 300 delegates including the clergy of the diocese, religious working in parishes and in churches ion the city, the chairperson and secretary of each parish pastoral council or parish assembly and the chairperson of each parish finance committee.

Link (Clink on a title to read or listen. The documents are pdf files; the presentation is in HTML)) Click below for audio extracts
Text of Bishop Buckley's letter announcing the meeting (Jan 2008) Time to introduce pastoral areas (Bishop)
The Powerpoint Presentation from the meeting  
The handouts from the meeting containing notes and dates of meetings:-  
Overview of current reality in the diocese - presented by Fr Tom Hayes. Clergy statistics (T Hayes)
Concerns emerging for clergy and partnership process with laity - John McSweeney How can we…? (J McSweeney)
The concept of pastoral area - Sr Karen Kent A way forward (K Kent)
Criteria used by working group in developing proposal thus far - Fr Kevin O'Regan  
The list of 16 pastoral areas and their parishes  
Programme of follow-up delegate and clergy meetings April and May 2008  
View a selection of photos of the meeting by Fr James McSweeney  

Listen to the meeting: All the talks at the pastoral areas meeting were professionally recorded. They can be purchased as a a 2-CD set for €20 (incl post) from the address below. Please make cheque payable to Pastoral Development Office.

Further Information:

Director of Pastoral Planning: Rev Tom Hayes
Address: Pastoral Development Office, The Parochial House, Ballyphehane, Cork
Tel: 021 4537603 or 087 2629154
Email: tom.hayes@corkandross.org