Parishes in Transition

Parishes in Transition

by Eugene Duffy


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Parishes in Transition by Eugene Duffy

It is an understatement to claim that the church in Ireland has been going through a period of intense crisis over the past decade or more. Much attention has focused on the failures of those in leadership, in the priesthood and religious life. This is only part of the crisis that the church is now attempting to face. Meanwhile another seismic shift has been occurring as vocations to priesthood and religious life have plummeted, with the result that the forms of pastoral ministry and parish life that were such stables of the Catholic Church in Ireland for generations will no longer be possible.

In the light of this change and in order to contribute positively to the necessary response that is called for, contributors from both home and abroad here offer their insights and encouragements for the future development of the parish, the basic and vital unit of the Christian community which is the church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856077064
Publisher: Columba Press
Publication date: 12/20/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 The Irish Parish in Historical Perspective Liam Irwin 10

2 Early Irish priests and their areas of ministry AD 700-900 Catherine Swift 20

3 Community and Parish in Contemporary Ireland: The Challenge of Rapid Social Change Desmond McCafferty Brendan O'Keeffe 47

4 Migration and Community Building Eoin O'Mahony 65

5 Parish Life: Facing a Challenging Future Donal Murray 76

6 Clustering Parishes: Practice and Theology Eugene Duffy 92

7 Clustering Parishes: Insights from the Dutch Experience Henk Witte 116

8 Parish Pastoral Councils: From a Theological Vision to a Lived Reality Myriam Wiljens 132

9 The Priest and Clustering: Law and Practice Patrick Connolly 152

10 The Diocesan Priesthood in the 21st Century Eamonn Fitzgibbon 160

11 Sunday Liturgies in the Absence of the Eucharist Thomas R. Whelan 179

12 Experiences of Clustering Parishes John Kernan Noirin Lynch Dermot Meeham 208

13 Leadership and Management Skills in a Pastoral Context Eamonn Conway 220

List of Contributors 239

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