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“Year of Reflection and Prayer” launched in Archdiocese of Armagh

By Katie Ascough - 31 January, 2020

A bishop and a priest standing next to each other in a church.

Bishop-elect Fr Michael Router (right) with Archbishop Eamon Martin when the Cavan priest’s elevation to the hierarchy was announced by Pope Francis last May.

Last evening, Archbishop Eamon Martin and Auxiliary Bishop Michael Router launched a “Year of Reflection and Prayer” for the Archdiocese of Armagh at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

As their Diocesan Pastoral Plan for 2015 to 2020, Share the Joy of the Gospel, draws to a close, the archdiocese is making preparations for a new pastoral plan for this new decade. 

The Diocesan Pastoral Council has set aside the year 2020 for the archdiocese to reflect and seek the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit in discerning the way forward for the coming years.

Bishop Michael Router, who has assumed responsibility for this area of diocesan life, has said: “The reasons for beginning this process with a year of prayer are linked to the example of Jesus Christ and to the very foundations of the Church itself. Jesus prayed in a quiet place before undertaking each step of his mission, Saint Patrick found his calling and direction in life on the quiet slopes of Slemish Mountain and everything worthwhile and lasting in the life of the Church, and in life in general, begins with reflection, prayer and the invocation of the Holy Spirit.”  

Bishop Router added that he and his team believe the process of planning the future is “too important to be rushed” and that there should be necessary time given to reflect on what has been achieved over the past few decades and in the past five years in particular. He believes this year can be an opportunity for all members in his diocese to get involved in shaping and directing the future, from young people, families and the housebound to religious congregations and prayer groups.

More details on the “Year of Reflection and Prayer” and the resources available can be found on the website www.armaghprays.com.

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