"A substantial number of young people do not ask the Church for anything because they do not see it as significant for their lives."
“How can I bring more of these talented, articulate, faith-filled young people into the daily life and decision-making roles of the Church?”
“We wanted to modernise the interior but also ensure preservation of all the beautiful historic features. People won’t see a drastic change but we hope that they will be very happy with the new look” - Fr Richard Gibbons.
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 hoped that this will offer people the opportunity to engage with the new direction Pope Francis is taking and renewed hope for the life of the Church in Ireland – Fr Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector of Knock Shrine.
"If we don't have youth ministry on a permanent basis in every decent-sized parish in Ireland, we won't have a Church in the future": Director of NET Ministries Ireland.
"Don’t bury your talents! Bet on big ideals, those ideals that enlarge the heart, and those ideals that will make your talents fruitful": John McAreavey.