THE Diocese of Ossory is certainly moving with the times. In a major Lenten drive to communicate more effectively with a broader base, the Adult Faith Development Group has embraced 21st-century communication.
As part of this year’s Lenten outreach to the people of the Diocese, a new Twitter account has just opened and the diocesan website has gone mobile.
It is hoped that these new initiatives will lead people to explore and rediscover their Christian faith in a more contemporary way.
It is no accident that this project is being rolled out as the season of Lent begins. Speaking at the launch of this year’s Diocesan Lenten Programme at St Kieran’s College, Fr Dermot Ryan noted that “people are now accessing news, reflecting on ideas and asking questions in a new way, and it is only natural that we as a faith community should try to engage with people there.”
“Not to do so,” he said, “would be to fail in our task to promote the Kingdom of God in our world today.”
Lent, which begins on Wednesday with the imposition of ashes, has traditionally been a time for ‘giving up’. However, giving up is certainly not on the agenda for the Ossory Adult Faith development Group. Established by Bishop Seamus Freeman in September 2009, the group works with parishes and other bodies such as the Diocesan Pastoral Council in assisting adult members of the Roman Catholic community to engage afresh with and to ask questions about their faith.
This Lent, people throughout the diocese are being offered several opportunities to do just that. As well as being able to dialogue by means of Twitter, the people of the diocese, young and old are being offered audio CDs, scripture books, pilgrimages, public speaking competitions and seminars on various themes.
For more information about the work of Ossory Adult Faith Development or for further details about this year’s Lenten programme, see www.ossory.ie or follow the diocese on Twitter (@ossorydiocese.ie). The Faith Development Office can be contacted at St Kieran College 056 7753624 or AFD@ossory.ie.