The Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry (OPRFM) works with diocesan and pastoral ministers, lay and ordained, to enhance, nurture and support the capacity of parish communities and families to live out their vocation of knowing and embodying in today’s world the Christ revealed in the Gospels.
The office was formed in September 2003 by Archbishop Sean and is located in the Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre at the Magnet in Dundalk.
The Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry is committed to:
- the development of collaborative pastoral leadership at every level;
- promoting the six pillars of ministry to strengthen the vocation of family and parish in imaging Christ. The six pillars are: leadership, liturgy and prayer, community building, formation and proclamation, service and outreach, administration;
- the development of a structural team approach to effective family ministry.
The team includes Dr Tony Hanna, Fr. Gerry Campbell, directors and Ms Milanda Kelly, administrator. Absent from photo is Patrick Logue, pastoral worker.
Over the last few years the OPRFM have been involved in the development of the diocesan pastoral plan, the formation and support of parish pastoral councils, and the formation of parish family ministry co-ordinators and parish baptism teams.
Soil for the Seed: Exploring our Faith as Adults is one of the adult faith formation programmes being offered by OPRFM which also include shorter courses, one-day events and the opportunities for on-line learning.
While based in Dundalk, the commitment of the OPRFM is to be available to work with parishes and parish groups in their own area. We offer training and facilitation designed to support the local pastoral and family ministry development needs of the parishes in the diocese.
More information is available on the website, www.parishandfamily.ie. The telephone number is +353 (0)42 933 6393. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.