A new “school of mission” in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore will prioritise youth evangelisation and family ministry, Bishop Phonsie Cullinan has said.
The new Holy Family School of Mission is set to open later this year at Glencomeragh House, formerly the Rosminian House of Prayer, and will be manned by three trained staff members.
Bishop Cullinan told The Irish Catholic that the house would be a place “where young lay people, the kind of people who would be searching for something more, can live in community if they wish, sharing a life of prayer”.
He said it would be a “place of formation for them”, and that they, in turn, “would then to go on visits to schools, parishes and various projects, targeting especially their own peers”.
Bishop Cullinan paid tribute to the “extraordinary generosity” of the Rosminian order for making the building available for the new project, adding that the staff would ensure that the work of Rosminians would continue, by facilitating retreats for priests and the laity and days of recollection.
“We would see that continuing as there is room enough for both,” he said.
Bishop Cullinan also said he was searching for a donor who may be willing to sponsor a bus for the Holy Family School of Mission.
“One thing I’m looking for is someone to sponsor the purchase of a 50 seater bus – because the bus would make it much easier to get kids in for school retreats,” he said.