Canon Brendan Killeen and Mgr Kevin McGinnell arrived in Rome this week with nearly 1000 priests and bishops from across the world for a Conference on the Permanent Ongoing Formation of Clergy

Organised by the Vatican Dicasteries for Clergy, Evangelisation and the Eastern Churches.

Its theme is ‘Fan a flame the gift of God that you possess” {II Timothy]

In a world of so much change, socially and technologically, the challenge to the priest in every continent is to witness authentically to the the gospel and the person of Christ.

This emphasises the need for ongoing formation os clergy before ordination and throughout their ministry. 

It has been an invaluable synodal exchange with others from so many countries and contexts, and now it sets the challenge for us to implement its ideas in our own diocese.