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Diocesan Director Appointed for World Meeting of Families

Fr._Arnold_Pic_2 Fr. Arnold Rosney, CC, Shannon has been appointed by Bishop Fintan Monahan to be diocesan delegate to head up the preparations for the World Meeting of Families which is due to take place in Dublin in August 2018.

Bishop Fintan Monahan expressed his delight the appointment of Fr. Arnold to coordinate the diocesan preparations.  “I am delighted that Fr. Rosney, with all his considerable talents, energy and enthusiasm is coordinating this important project at diocesan level” according to Bishop Fintan.  “There is a very detailed and comprehensive diocesan pastoral plan underway at present in the diocese of Killaloe and the preparations for World Meeting of Families will be an intrinsic part of the  plan.   Supporting families in the diocese is very important to work of the Church in the diocese.  I look forward to working with Fr. Arnold and his team of collaborators who will be appointed in the coming months in preparation for the World Meeting of Families and for promoting family ministry in the diocese”.

Biography of Fr. Arnold Rosney

Fr. Arnold is a native of Birr, Co Offaly.  He was ordained in 1997, was awarded a JCL in Canon Law in the Gregorian University, Rome in 1999. He served as curate in Ennis from 1999-2001, chaplain at St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School, Shannon from 2001-2006.  Since 2006 he has been curate in Shannon Parish.  In 2008 he was appointed Moderator of the Tradaree cluster of parishes, which covers Shannon, Newmarket-on-Fergus and Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry.  In 2007 Fr. Arnold was awarded a Master of Arts, Faculty of Law degree from the University of Limerick.

Official Launch and Preparations for the World Meeting of Families

This Saturday afternoon, October 22nd, 2016 a special conference marking the Catholic Church’s celebration of family and family life will be held in Dublin.  Guest speakers will include the co-chairs of the Council for Marriage and the Family of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin who, along with over 600 delegates, will participate in a special event to formally launch preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018 due to take place in Dublin.  Details are as follows:


Saturday’s conference is entitled “The Joy of Love, Amoris Laetitia and the World Meeting of Families in Ireland” and will include over 600 representatives from Irish dioceses and parishes, and from abroad, as well as more than twenty organisations whose mission is to support the sacrament of marriage and offer pastoral outreach to families.  Drawing on key themes from Amoris Laetitia, the recent apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, the conference will offer strong personal reflections on the joys and challenges of family life today, including on the experience of being a refugee family from Syria, of homeless in Ireland and of the impact on families of various forms of addiction.  The event will also include prayer, audience interaction, video testimony, drama, music and singing.

World Meeting of Families Dublin 2018

This conference also marks the start of the formal preparations for the 9th World Meeting of Families in Ireland, an international pastoral event which will take place in Dublin from 22 to 26 August 2018.  Pope Francis asked for the 2018 World Meeting of Families to take place in Dublin with the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is the President and host, and Father Timothy Bartlett is its Secretary General.

The World Meeting of Families takes place every three years, and is coordinated by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.  Established by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1992 as a pastoral initiative, its aim is to strengthen the sacred bonds of the family unit across the globe.  The first World Meeting of Families took place in Rome in 1994, the International Year of the Family.  Every three years since 1994, families from all over the world are invited by the Holy Father to attend this global gathering.  During a World Meeting, families come together to share experiences, to dialogue, to pray and work together to grow as individuals and as family units.  Delegates participate in discussion groups on the role of the Christian family in the Church and society, and are addressed by distinguished speakers.  The eighth and most recent World Meeting took place in Philadelphia in September 2015.

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