Radical Renewal: How Dublin Archdiocese is ‘Building Hope’

Below is an article written by Fr Gareth Byrne from last week’s Irish Catholic entitled Radical Renewal: How Dublin Archdiocese is ‘Building Hope’. Fr Byrne is the Moderator of the Dublin Diocesan Curia and Chair of the Building Hope Pastoral Strategy Implementation Group.


Legion of Mary Centenary Concert, 03 Sept 2022

St John Vianney Novena 4 – 12 August 2022

National Novena at Knock Shrine – 14 to 22 August 2022


The National Novena to Our Lady of Knock will take place from Sunday, 14th – Monday 22nd August 2022, offering nine days of reflection and prayer and a chance to connect with your faith in the unique and sacred space of Knock Shrine. This year’s theme is ‘A Journey in Hope’.

Ceremonies will take place at Knock Basilica at 3pm and 8pm over the course of the nine days with guest speakers present during each ceremony. There will also be the special candlelight procession, a traditional feature of the Novena at Knock, which takes place following the 8pm ceremony (weather permitting).

On Thursday 18 August, Knock Shrine will hold a special Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine and are inviting people from the Ukrainian community in Ireland and host families to attend.

Family Day

Sunday 21 August is the Anniversary of the Apparition which will coincide with the Family Day. Taking place from 11am-3pm in the beautiful grounds of the Shrine, the Family Day is a lovely opportunity for families to get together to enjoy a range of fun activities. All events and activities are free of charge and will take place on the beautiful grounds of Knock Shrine. There will be outdoor activities taking place on the green (weather permitting) and marquees with indoor workshops, games and more.

Engaging with the Synod

A unique feature of this year’s Novena will be the ‘Synod Tent’, where members of the public will be invited to learn more about the Synod and what it means for all of us. It will also provide an opportunity for us to listen to what you think Knock Shrine has to offer you and the Church in Ireland at this critical juncture in our history.

Novena Programme: Guest Speakers & Homilists

Sunday 14 August

3pm: Most Rev Tom Deenihan, Bishop of Meath – What is Christian Hope?

8pm: Cormac Henry, former Youth Volunteer at Knock Shrine – What Gives me Hope Today?

Monday 15 August

3pm & 8pm: Roseanna Ruane, Mother of Saoírse Ruane – The Power of Prayer in Difficult Times.

Tuesday 16 August

3pm & 8pm: Dr Nicola Brady, Chair of the Synodal Pathway Steering Group – The Synodal Pathway: What have we learned and what will we do?

Wednesday 17 August

3pm & 8pm: Fr Terence Harrington OFM Cap – How Can I Have Hope in my Brokenness?

Thursday 18 August

3pm & 8pm: Halyna Teslyuk, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine – A Hope that Inspires.

Friday 19 August

3.00pm & 8.00pm: Lauren Conroy, Student –  My Faith Story.

Saturday 20 August

3pm: Fr Michael McKeever, Diocesan Secretary, Diocese of Raphoe –  Eucharist: a Sign of Hope.

8pm: Professor John Feehan, Geologist, Botanist, Author and Broadcaster –  God in Everything that Lives: A Reflection on Laudato Si.

Sunday 21 August, the Anniversary of the Apparition

3pm: Most Rev Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin – They will take their place at the Feast.

8pm: Fr Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector, Knock Shrine ‘Knock – the Vision of Hope’.

Monday 22 August

3pm & 8pm: Most Rev Francis Duffy, Archbishop of Tuam – The Call of the Lord.

For more information see Knock shrine

Peter McVerry Trust Wexford Cycle 2022

Youth 2000 Summer Festival 2022

PATHWAYS: Exploring Faith & Ministry


Exploring Faith as an Adult

The Pathways Programme is geared towards those who wish to explore issues and questions of: faith; ministry; the Church today and the nature of belief, in an environment appropriate to Adult Learning and Adult Faith Development.

Thursday Evening Course for Adults

Venue: DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, (MDCCE), Drumcondra Rd, Dublin, 9


About the Course

The programme is run by the Archdiocese of Dublin, over two years, from late September to late May each year.  It takes place on Thursday evenings from 7.00p.m. -9.30 p.m. in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, (MDCCE), Drumcondra Road Upper, Dublin, 9.  .The next starting date for the programme will be on Thursday 29th. September 2022. See contact details below. Early application is advisable as places will be limited.


Who is the Course for?

This course is suitable for men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who are looking for an opportunity to consider questions about  faith,  belief and Church today.


Course Aims

The course values the life experience which the participants bring and, accordingly, group sharing is an integral part of the learning process each year.  The course also offers the spiritual and theological formation which will enable participants to explore their faith with greater confidence.  It also helps assist people to prepare themselves to respond to the needs of the Church and community and to work in partnerships and parish teams.  Participants also have an opportunity to take part in various liturgies, and optional retreats and times of Directed Prayer during the year.


Course Entry Requirements

The main requirements are: a desire to explore faith; openness to participation; a willingness to listen and an interest in new ideas and approaches to ministry. No academic qualifications and no previous study in theology or spirituality are necessary.  There is no required written work and there are no exams.  There is a short application form in the programme brochure.


Course Cost

Fees are €400 each year.  Fees may be paid in full at the beginning of each year or in instalments throughout each year. Part or full sponsorship may be available from some parishes.


Course Content

  • First Year – In the first year the emphasis is on the personal experiences and the faith journeys of the participants.  Subjects include: How Adult Learn; Stages of Faith; Images of God; What Happened at Vatican II?; Introduction to Scripture; Celebrating the Church’s Year; the Person of Christ; Personal Journey; Sacraments; the Moral Life; Spirituality and Prayer, Church and Parish – what it means to believe and to belong; Parish Pastoral Councils.
  • Second Year – The focus of the second year is on Christian living, the Gospel call and how we respond to it.  Subjects include: Visions and Models of Church; Teachings of Pope Francis; Approaches to Ministry; Bereavement and Loss; Family; Pastoral Issues Today; Justice and Peace, Ecumenism; World Faiths; Ecology; Caring for Yourself.

For further information please contact:

Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme,

Diocesan Office for Mission and Ministry. Tel: +353 1 8087594    Email: ehoulahan@dublindiocese.iepathways@dublindiocese.ie

Come To World Youth Day 2023 – Expressions of Interest now open

Parishes and Individuals are now invited to register their interest in either attending WYD Lisbon or organising a parish group to participate. Over the past year many parishes and people have noted in submissions for the Task Force and also preparatory meetings on Synod the importance of reaching out to younger people.

World Youth Day will take place 1-6 August in Lisbon 2023. Package options and costs are still being determined and the registration system will open in September. At present it is intended to have the option for teenagers aged 16-18 to participate as well as those aged 18-29.

The Archdiocese of Dublin has a great tradition in participation at World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to reach out to young people and connect them to young people in many parishes that will participate at WYD. A full pastoral programme for all pilgrims will also commence later in the year, with opportunities for leadership roles as well.

Get In touch and keep in touch

We would like to hear from you between before September so that we can focus and fine tune the various package options that will be proposed.

  • Parishes are now invited register their interest – providing information if possible on numbers and maybe local leaders also
  • Individuals can also use this system to register their interest
  • Groups (Schools, Third Level Chaplaincy, Faith groups) – can also use this system

Expression of Interest for World Youth Day Lisbon 2023


If your parish(es) is thinking about organising a group – you can email wyd@dublindiocese.ie if you have any questions.


Registrations for WYD Lisbon will open in late August 2022.