On Thursday, February 13th, the Diocese gathered with Sherry Weddell in the Father Peyton Centre, Attymass, Co. Mayo.
Bishop Brendan began the day with a prayer and words of welcome to Sherry and the many people from around the diocese who assembled to hear her speak on the topic of “Forming Intentional Disciples” – the title of her best-selling book. She spoke with passion and conviction and from a place of deep and nurtured faith. Her message was truly inspirational and, all gathered, were impressed by the sincerity of her message.
Her words, especially around prayer and seeking the prayers of people before any re-shaping of church, parish or self can take place, sat well with the Diocesan Prayer initiative that is currently taking place throughout the diocese.
There were many strands to Sherry’s presentation but the need to bring Jesus into our conversation was centre stage. She fears that, for many, Jesus is the name that dare not be mentioned whereas, in her opinion, it is only through its mention and regular mention that the name can be fully alive for us all. She raised for us, as she has done in her book, the direct and soul-provoking question; “What is your personal relationship with Jesus Christ?”
It is in the answering of this question our direction is found. It was a day well spent and the diocese is thankful to Sherry for joining us and to Tim Nichols and his wife Cathy who have hosted Sherry in their home. We wish her well over the coming days when she presents a seminar in Maynooth and next week in Malta.