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Gathering of Parish Delegates to Finalise the Diocesan Synthesis for the Universal Synodal Process

Delegates from parishes throughout the Diocese of Clonfert attended a gathering at Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe to hear the findings of the various synodal listening exercises conducted over the last few months and to offer their comment and input. The evening was facilitated by Father Eamonn Fitzgibbon, of the National Synodal Task Group. It included presentations from Bishop Michael Duignan and members of the Diocesan Synodal Steering Group.
Our journey so far
• Feedback following the Publication of Renew and Strengthen your People: A Pastoral Reflection on the Future of the Church in the Diocese of Clonfert (May 2020)
• Norms for Parish Pastoral Councils and Parish Finance Committees (September 2020)
• Launch of the Diocesan Phase of the Universal Synod with a pilgrim walk from the burial place of Saint Brendan to the Shrine of Our Lady of Clonfert (October 2021)
• Facilitated meeting of priests on the future of the diocese (November 2021)
• Facilitated Deanery Meetings of Parish Pastoral Councils, Parish Finance Committees , Key Parish Personnel and Priests (December 2021)
• Feedback from facilitated local Parish Meetings (January 2022)
• Feedback from Diocesan-wide online questionnaire (April 2022)
• Feedback from Diocesan-wide paper questionnaire (April 2022)
• Feedback from various focused conversations (May 2022)
• Facilitated Synthesis Gathering with representatives from each Parish (May 2022)
• Submission of Synthesis to the Irish Episcopal Conference and its subsequent publication of the Clonfert Diocesan Synthesis (29th May 2022)
• Participation of Diocesan delegates in National Synodal Gathering to discuss the National Synthesis Document in Athlone (18th June 2022)