The Armagh Diocesan Synod returned to meeting on Wednesday, 19th October 2022 for the first time since November 2019. Members of Synod gathered in the Alexander Synod Hall, in Church House, following a Service of Holy Communion celebrated in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Reports were received from the Diocesan Council, the Board of Communications, the Board of Youth and Children’s Ministry, and the Board of Ministry, and Archbishop John McDowell made his first in–person Presidential Address to the diocesan synod (the previous two annual meetings having taken place online).
In the course of his address, Archbishop McDowell noted the historical significance of the pandemic, and reflected on the recent passing of Her Majesty the Queen, the return to near–normality in parish and diocesan life, nurturing vocations and encouraging people to consider entering the fulfilling life of ordained ministry, and the proposed diocesan creation care initiative – Flourish. The Archbishop’s Presidential Address can be read in full at this link.