Bishop of Clogher organising meetings on facing the challenges of the future

The Bishop of Clogher is organising meetings on how the diocese can meet the challenges of the future.

Dialogue on sustaining living parishes will take place in seven pastoral areas over the next number of weeks.


Bishop Larry Duffy said it’s the beginning of a conversation that will inform the future planning at parish and diocesan level.

In 2018, the number of Sunday Masses in the diocese reduced by fifteen per cent, after the then diocesan administrator outlined the falling number of active priests in the area.

The first meeting covers the south Monaghan pastoral area, and will be held in Carrickmacross on Monday.

Meetings for the mid-Monaghan, north Monaghan and west-Monaghan areas will be held on the following Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Tyrone, west Fermanagh and north Fermanagh pastoral areas will hold meetings on the 9th, 10th and 11th of March.

Bishop Duffy has asked everyone to embrace this process, and that the diocese plans to face the future with courage.