A cluster is a group of neighbouring parishes who work more closely together to ensure that the people of a particular area have access to the pastoral care that they need. Killaloe Diocese is divided into fifteen clusters.
Initially our clusters began with increased co-operation of the clergy but it has developed in recent years to include greater collaboration between Parish Pastoral Councils. and the creation of a pastoral area co-ordinating group.
Coolmeen-Cranny parish together with Ballynacally-Lissycasey and Labasheeda-Kilmurry McMahon parishes, form the Radharc na nOiléan pastorsl area.
In June 2018 Bishop Fintan Monahan carried our a major restructuring of the diocese. Details may be found here https://www.killaloediocese.ie/killaloe-diocesan-appointments-2018/
The restructuring reflect the ongoing work of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – Builders of Hope. They are the fruit of much consultation between Bishop Fintan, the Pastoral Planning Team, the Clergy and a series of public meetings held across the Diocese in March and April.
During the consultation process several key principles emerged which were incorporated into the appointments published today.
- A reorganisation of Diocesan structures to support more workable Pastoral Areas that encourage greater co-operation between parishes.
- The pastoral care of all the people of the Diocese in a way that is accessible to them.
- The care of priests in a manner that is appropriate to their age and ministry.
- The requirements of the Code of Canon Low.
New Pastoral Areas
The 58 parishes of the diocese have, up to now, been divided into 12 clusters but experience and feedback from the recent area meeting has shown the need to review these structures and reduce the size of some of the larger clusters. There will now be 15 Pastoral areas across the Diocese. The new Pastoral Areas along with the names of the serving clergy are included in the notes to Editors below.
Team Ministry, Co-PP’s and Vicars Forane
It is hoped that a strong sense of team ministry will develop according to the needs of each Pastoral Area. Priests under the retirement age (75) will act as Co-Parish Priests in each Pastoral Area. They will meet regularly to provide peer support and establish the best ways to work collaboratively in their ministry. One priest in each Pastoral Area will be appointed as Vicar Forane to co-ordinate and oversee joint pastoral efforts and programs. Retired Clergy over the age of 75 will continue to provide ministry support in each Pastoral Area according to need and ability.
This re-organisation reflected work carried out in previous years.Between March and May 2012 all four parishes had joined with the remainder of the diocese in engaging in a discussion process which culminated in a report on the cluster conversations .
The text of the reports from the cluster meetings and from the theological reflection group are available here.
This process led to the production of our diocesan plan entitled Builders of Hope – Pastoral Plan Diocese of Killaloe 2013-2020. This plan will guide the work of our diocese and our parishes during the next seven years. The title is taken from the words of Pope Francis ‘Don’t be scared. Dare to have fabulous plans. I encourage you to not be afraid to dream, to have great ideals, to be builders of hope.’
To read the full plan click here Killaloe Diocese Pastoral Plan
The contents include:
Diocesan Vision Statement; Leadership for Renewal in the Local Church Partnership in Ministry in the Emerging Church Liturgy Spirituality & Prayer Youth Ministry Adult Faith Education Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation Diocesan Safeguarding Services Communications Management of Resources Getting behind the Vision Statement Context for the Diocesan Pastoral Plan 2013-2020 Implementing the Diocesan Pastoral Plan Conclusion Prayer for the Success of the Diocesan Plan Paidir do Rath an Tréadphlean ár nDeoise