Sunday, May 31, 2009


Tomorrow I board a train for France in order to join about sixty priests of the diocese who will be spending the inside of a week together in prayer and reflection with the Archbishop. We will be staying in the former seminary at Merville which is now a diocesan retreat and conference centre. Do say a prayer the five days go well. In our diocese we are looking, among other things, at future pastoral provision. The temptation can be that we see this in terms of a 'shortage' of priests and falling Mass numbers necessitating structural change. What we need to do, as a presbyterate, is to see beyond structures to the mission of the Church at the beginning of the twenty-first century. These weeks can, I am sure, help us think in new ways.

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