A further selection of photographs, formal and informal, taken during the 16th Irish Provincial Assembly taking place at the Dromantine Retreat & Conference Centre, Newry, Co Down.
Fr Eddie Hartnett led the Eucharist on Monday assisted by Frs Colum O’Shea and Maurice Henry
With soaring temperatures in Dromantine there’s lots of opportunities to relax, read a paper, go for a walk… even read about Cork’s defeat by Kerry in the Munster Senior Football Championship
In this second week there’s a lot more work to be done in the Working groups of which there are four.
The Chairmen are John Brown, Tom McNamara, Martin O’Farrell and Kevin O’Gorman. They are ably assisted by the WG Secretaries: Vincent Brennan, Maurice Henry, Hugh Lagan and Ollie Noonan.
Overseeing all the ‘technological stuff’ is Tom Curran.
The new Provincial Leader, Fr Michael McCabe, took over from Fr John Dunne as Assembly President. The animator for the Assembly is Mr Gay Redmond who can be seen here listening to a point from Fr Vincent Brennan.
Though the day is busy with many discussions there is a spiritual hinge to it all – the day begins with Lectio Divina, we celebrate Eucharist at midday and the afternoon sessions finish with an Evening Prayer liturgy. Working Groups take it in turn to animate the Eucharist and the Liturgy Committee (Frs Damian Bresnahan, Tim Cullinane and Paddy O’Rourke with the technical help of Tom Curran) look after the other liturgical acts. Their creativity helps us to remain focused on the central reason for this Assembly: we are about the work of the Lord.
Fr John Gallagher makes his point clearly to Fr Hugh Lagan and afterwards he goes for a brisk walk…