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New Diocese of Kerry ministry will see lay Catholics take on some priestly duties

Apr 1, 2022 17:04 By radiokerrynews
New Diocese of Kerry ministry will see lay Catholics take on some priestly duties New Diocese of Kerry ministry will see lay Catholics take on some priestly duties
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The Catholic Diocese of Kerry is launching a new ministry for lay people in response to falling numbers of priests.

It says the Ministry of the Lay Pastoral Leader is being launched as a response to the changing needs of parish communities.

As part of this, lay pastoral leaders will take responsibility for some of the ministries traditionally carried out by priests.

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More than a fifth of parishes in the diocese are now without a resident priest.

The Diocese of Kerry has 53 parishes – 12 of these no longer have a resident priest.

The diocese says training for the new ministry called the Ministry of the Lay Pastoral Leader will start next September.

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Lay pastoral leaders will work alongside clergy as well as parish and pastoral councils.

They’ll also carry out some of the ministries traditionally carried out by priests – some of these will possibly include preparation for sacraments, pastoral care, and co-ordinating some of the liturgical ministries that form part of the Mass.

The diocese says this new ministry will complement the work of deacons and priests.

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Bishop Ray Browne will launch the new role this Sunday.

Information on how to apply for training for this new volunteer ministry is available on dioceseofkerry.ie

 

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