The members in the Irish Region held their Autumn Assembly Day on the 19th September. It began with a social gathering on the evening of the 18th September. Twenty-three members in the Region were in attendance, some apologies were received.
The theme of the morning prayer on Love and Creation was led by Fr. Philip Bawe. Then Sandra Neville, our Designated Liaison Person and Safeguarding Officer gave Safeguarding input. The training looked at some of the current topics nationally and internationally.
After Coffee Break Sr. MáirínO’Keeffe a Missionary Sister of the Holy Rosary with medical and clinical experience in Zambia, South Africa and Ireland led us in reflecting on the Mission of Growing Old. The focus was on how we may the better live it rather than letting it happen to us.
During the Afternoon Sessions we normally take Society and Regional topics. The plenary session was on the Rome House Report which was presented and Members had the opportunity to express and share their views.
Another topic was “The assisted decision-Making (Capacity) Act which came into effect during April 2023. Some areas of the Act will bring changes on care of members, hospitalisation and Society roles as it offers five different support arrangements.
We closed the Assembly Day with the Celebration of the Mass led by Fr. Philip Obaso. On the morning of the 20th Fr. Paul Clayton-Lea joined us and led members in a prayerful and reflective Retreat for two and a half days.
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