Pope warns religious communities who have stopped using the word because they think young people are scared by it that this is “a strategy doomed to failure.”
If we want to generate a culture of vocations, it is not going to happen in isolation, it is certainly not going to happen if we are not investing in youth ministry.
One vocations director voiced the challenge: “It is irresponsible to give up. I don’t know but perhaps all of these changes have to happen within ourselves and our own willingness to change and be opened to a new way of doing things.”
“It is an occasion where hundreds of thousands of people gather. Wherever people gather is the place to be and it is what Pope Francis wants us to do – to get out and be out among the people,” says Bishop Fintan Monahan.
Grant totals €268,000 over three years and is intended is help Vocations Ireland support and nurture vocations to the consecrated religious life in Ireland today.
Ploughing Championships is exactly where the Church should be in 2015 - in the middle of the field, in the marketplace, among the crowds: Bishop Nulty.
Over 1,000 suggestions sent in for the 'Poem for the Ploughing' competition and the six chosen by Bishop Nulty will be on display in the Kildare & Leighlin tent.