Details of Spring Conference 2017

Spring Conference 2017 Knock House Hotel, Knock, Co. Mayo 22-24 February 2017 Speakers Rev. Luke McNamara, O.S.B. is a monk of Glenstal Abbey and a lecturer in Sacred Scripture Rev. Patrick Gorevan is a member of the Opus Dei Prelature and a lecturer in Philosophy SCHEDULE: Booking The cost of one night (1 night B&B, dinner & lunch): €100 The cost of two nights (2 nights B&B, 2 dinners and 1 lunch): €170 Those wishing to attend should contact the Knock House Hotel directly at 094 9388088, indicating the number of nights desired. Priests wishing to concelebrate Holy Mass on Thursday should bring a red stole and chasuble. Clergy attending are asked to bring choir dress. Priests wishing to celebrate Mass privately should make individual arrangements with the Shrine Office at 094 9388100 or in the sacristy on arrival. Please find a printable flyer here: Flyer for Spring Conference...

Joint Statement of the Confraternities of Catholic Clergy on Amoris Laetitia

As members of the International Confraternities of Catholic Clergy we believe there would be great value in an authoritative interpretation of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia in line with the constant teaching and practice of the Church. This statement comes in light of continuing widespread divergence of understanding and growing divisions in practice. A clarification is clearly needed to correct the misuse of the Apostolic Exhortation to undermine sacred Tradition. We therefore thank the four eminent Cardinals who have recently submitted their dubia to the Holy See, requesting such clarification. The Confraternities recognise that this action has been taken out of love for the Church and concern for the salvation of souls. As the Cardinals themselves have made clear, this step has been taken with deep respect for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and should not in any way be used to foster divisions in the Church. The grave danger to the unity of the Church due to increasing moral relativism must be honestly faced and clearly remedied.    As pastors of souls, we are well aware of the many challenges facing the men and women of today. We strive to help our people, often living in complex situations, to hear the call of Christ and his Gospel. This task is made easier when the Church expounds her teaching boldly and clearly. It is also essential that the Church’s discipline must always follow her dogmatic teaching. In particular, since at the present time there is much confusion, it is necessary to make clear that Holy Communion cannot be given to someone choosing to live in a sexual relationship with a person other than their validly espoused husband or wife. Those who find themselves in this situation are of course deserving of pastoral support and must be helped to play as full a part in the life of the Church as their circumstances allow. In connection with this, it is important to state that conscience is not a law unto itself replacing the holy law of God with private judgment, but rather an echo of the voice of the Creator. The dignity of conscience must be assisted to overcome all ignorance and protected from becoming ‘practically sightless as a result of habitual sin’ (Gaudium et Spes, 16)   Requesting such a clarification, which reiterates the perennial teaching of the Church, is an act of filial love by faithful sons of the Church who turn to our Supreme Shepherd seeking his paternal guidance. It is our desire that this elucidation will enable us and other Catholic priests and deacons to carry out our ministry in ways that are faithful and effective. We hope that this request for clarification may be an occasion for the Holy Father to feed and tend the flock entrusted to him by the Lord and to support us, the clergy, in doing the...

Autumn Conference 2016: 12 – 13 October

Autumn Conference 2015: 7-8 October

Autumn Meeting and AGM 2015: Navan, 7th-8th October

   

Spring Meeting of the Confraternity

The first meeting of the Irish Confraternity of Catholic Clergy will take place at the Knock House Hotel from Wednesday 12 March – Thursday 13 March 2014.   Speakers: Most Rev. Philip Boyce, D.D., Bishop of Raphoe Rev. Jerome Bertram, Cong. Orat. (Oxford)   CONFERENCE PROGRAMME   Wednesday, 12 March 3pm. Arrivals 4pm. Tea/Coffee 5pm. 1st Talk. Rev. Jerome Bertram, Cong. Orat., Brothers Living in Unity: The Priestly Life 6pm. Vespers 6.30pm. Evening Meal Adoration in the Apparition Chapel until 9pm concluding with Benediction   Thursday, 13 March 8am. Breakfast 9am. 2nd Talk. Most Rev. Philip Boyce, The Priest as Intercessor: Insights from the Life & Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman 10am. Tea/Coffee 10.30am. 3rd Talk. Rev. Jerome Bertram, Cong. Orat., The Challenge of the New Evangelisation 12pm. Holy Mass. Celebrant & homilist: Most Rev. Philip Boyce 1pm. Lunch followed by departure   Please book your place early! Those wishing to attend are asked to reserve their room by contacting the Knock House Hotel at (094) 9388088 by Friday, 28 February and to quote the special rate for the Conference. The cost of staying at the hotel is €100 and includes use of the Conference facilities, B&B and all meals mentioned above. Alternative accommodation may be arranged (B&B etc) and those doing so are asked to settle with the hotel for dinner and lunch independently. Those using the latter option are asked to notify the secretary of their intention to attend the meeting by emailing secretary@confraternity.ie. Priests intending to concelebrate the Mass are asked to bring their own vestments (purple), including a chasuble. Those not intending to concelebrate are asked to bring choir dress. Please note that membership is required for those attending and may be obtained at the meeting or by completing and returning the application form which can be found...