Last Friday twenty four parishioners from the Archdiocese of Armagh graduated with Honours Degrees in Theology and Lifelong Education at a lovely ceremony in Clonliffe Church, Dublin.

It was the culmination of six years of study and the men and women who received their Degree parchments from Prof. Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University, were worthy recipients of their awards. They were warmly congratulated by Dr. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, who celebrated mass prior to the Award Ceremony and by Dr Martin McAleese, Chancellor of DCU, who was the keynote speaker at the event.

Many of our graduates are already using their skills and expertise in a variety of church settings such as schools, Pastoral Councils and Commissions.

Under the auspices of the Adult Faith Commission, each of them has been invited to participate in the implementation of the Pastoral Plan and over the next few months, a range of short programmes and initiatives will be presented in local parishes by many of the new graduates. We congratulate them and their families and wish them every blessing for the future!