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Renewing Irish Parishes?


‘Diocesan changes’ or clerical appointments will have been once again made, throughout summer and autumn, and those affected will be adjusting to their new realities. Arguably a feature of these appointments, nowadays, is how little significant change results from them. Fewer clergy in practice move to pastures new, as there are fewer to do so, and diocesan changes may be more given to notice of retirements. The virtual collapse in ordination numbers, over a quarter century now, has meant the gradual loss of curates from Church life. With parish priests, consequently, difficult to replace, the charge of a vacant parish will often be added to the duties of a neighbouring pastor.

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