During the weekend of 2 – 4 December a team from our link diocese of Bangor (north Wales) visited us.
Bangor diocese, in the northwest of Wales, has many similarities to us here in Meath and Kildare. The purpose of the link is to learn as much as possible from one another as both dioceses seek to prosper and grow.
The visiting team consisted of Bishop Andy John, accompanied by six of his clergy and a diocesan youth officer. They were hosted in different parishes around Meath and Kildare.
On Saturday 3 December they visited Tullamore and Mullingar to see and hear how parishes in our dioceses are working out their mission.
On the Saturday evening the Bangor team met with all our own diocesan clergy, Youth Officer and Diocesan Secretary. During this session we had an opportunity to talk about some of the practical action we are taking to achieve our diocesan vision, ‘Together in God’s love transforming lives’. This included:
- Plans to run a study course in every parish union / group across Meath and Kildare during Lent 2017
- Our ‘Good for the Sole’ project
Bishop Andy and the Bangor team also brought us up to date with their latest work, especially on developing and encouraging discipleship.
After the Saturday evening session the teams from both dioceses then had dinner together in the Dunboyne Parish Centre.
On Sunday team members visited various parishes. In the evening we had a wonderful Service in Trim Cathedral, where the preacher was Dean Kathy Jones (Dean of Bangor).
After the Service there was a reception in the adjoining hall before the Bangor team began their journey home. Each member of their team were given a copy of our ‘Food for the Sole’ cookbook as a memento of their visit.