“CHRISTIANS NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL” – CHURCH OF IRELAND BISHOP

29 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“Christians need to work together to proclaim the Gospel,” stated the Right Reverend John McDowell, when he addressed as guest speaker last week’s Annual General Conference of Catholic clergy in the diocese of Clogher.

The conference of clergy and co-workers was held in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan on October 21.

Bishop Liam MacDaid warmly welcomed Bishop McDowell and thanked him for accepting the invitation to address the conference.

In his opening remarks Bishop McDowell thanked Bishop MacDaid for his valued advice and support since his calling to pastoral ministry in the diocese of Clogher. He also acknowledged the welcome and engagement with Catholic clergy which he had experienced at numerous community events in parishes throughout the diocese.

The theme of Bishop Mc Dowell’s keynote address was ‘Personal Reflections on Ministry’.

Recalling his formative years and life experiences, he spoke warmly of his encounters with friends from the Catholic community which had helped shape his views on culture and identity.

Having had the experience of chairing the Church of Ireland Committee on Commemorations, Bishop McDowell commented on the significance of historical events in shaping modern Ireland, as well as issues of culture and identity.

Turning to the modern era, Bishop Mc Dowell suggested that people of faith need to …

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