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November 2021

The Church of God is convoked in Synod. The path entitled “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission” will solemnly opened on the 9th – 10th of October 2021 in Rome.


With this convocation, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to mission. Our “journeying together” is, in fact, what most effectively enacts and manifests the nature of the Church as the pilgrim and missionary People of God.

One fundamental stage will be the celebration of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, in October 2023, which will be followed by the implementation phase that will again involve the particular Churches (cf. EC, arts. 19-21).

Official Website of the Synod:

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Synod Preparatory Document:

AMRI President: Abbot Brendan Coffey OSB

Fr Brendan Coffey is the sixth Abbot of the Benedictine monastic community

at Glenstal, Limerick.  He was born in Ennis, Co Clare in 1970.

After studies in Maynooth and Rome, he was ordained a priest of the

diocese of Killaloe in 1995.

After ordination, he pursued postgraduate studies in canon law

at the Gregorian University in Rome,

after which he was appointed curate in the parish of Kilrush.

He entered Glenstal in 1998, taking the name Brendan.

He professed simple vows in 1999 and made his solemn profession in 2002.

After some years working in the abbey school as a housemaster and teacher of Classics, Fr Brendan spent two years in Padua in Italy doing postgraduate studies in liturgy.

On his return to Glenstal, he served as prior of the monastery from 2007 until 2015.

He spent the academic year 2015-16 at the Catholic University of America doing doctoral studies in liturgy.

He was elected Abbot of Glenstal in September 2016 and received the abbatial blessing, November 2016.


AMRI Vice - President: Sr. Mary Hanrahan PBVM

Sr. Mary Hanrahan joined the Presentation Congregation in January 1979.

She studied for BA and H. Dip in UCC and taught for 4 years in Thurles

before moving to teach and later become Principal in Warrenmount

Secondary School in Dublin’s Liberties.


Mary served as a member of the Provincial Leadership Team

in the Southeast Province before being elected to the Congregational Leadership Team

where she served for 2 terms finishing in 2012.

Following sabbatical in Sept 2013 Mary began work as a volunteer Prison Chaplain

while returning to education to do a MA in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work in DCU.

In Sept 2016 Mary was appointed permanent chaplain in Arbour Hill Prison.

In Aug 2021 Mary was appointed Provincial Leader in the Northeast Province of the Presentation Sisters.


We wish both Brendan and Mary every grace and blessing
in their ministry of leadership.

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May 2021 We need to Talk! A discussion around a National Voice for the laity within the Irish Church 

This webinar was attended by over 100 people. It was an initial conversation that involved facilitated reflective and honest sharing in breakout rooms. The presentation was given by Shane Halpin (CEO Viatores Christi)

Organised by AMRI's Lay Mission Committee, this initiative seeks to bring the voices of lay people to the Synodal table, to envisage a more inclusive and flourishing Church in Ireland. 

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Recent Webinar on 'Future Models of Good Governance

Thank you to those who attended AMRI’s recent webinar ‘Future Models of Good Governance’ that took place on Zoom, April 27th 2021. The presentations given by Fr. Aidan McGrath OFM, Fr. Brendan Coffey OSB and Nicola Keogh of L&P, Solicitor are available for viewing. To limit widespread circulation, please contact to gain access to the video.