Faith forum to take place in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

PEOPLE who have fallen out of love with the church are invited to a new forum on faith and spirituality in the city next Wednesday.

PEOPLE who have fallen out of love with the church are invited to a new forum on faith and spirituality in the city next Wednesday.

Former curate Maurice Hynan from the Ennis Road, is to lead an open forum on faith and spirituality in the Pastoral centre beside St Michael’s Church on Denmark Street.

The forum will allow for discussion of spiritual matters, without one particular faith or church being promoted over another.

Mr Hynan says the first meeting will serve as a means to see how many people are interested.

He hopes the forum will then take place on a weekly basis.

Despite leaving the clergy, Mr Hynan - a former cleric in the St Munchin’s and St Paul’s parishes - remains committed to the search for faith and meaning.

“But I have a sense there is a whole constituency out there who would describe themselves as being spiritual but not religious. I’d like to provide a space for them to explore. Where they can meet like-minded people open to new ideas, and where they can look again at some of the great traditions that are there,” he explained.

He emphasised the space he has set up will be a safe, non-judgmental venue where people will be invited to share their experiences.

Mr Hynan hopes to get a conversation started.

“There are great riches in spirituality out there. I have ideas, but I need input from others. It is about listening to people: having a conversation,” he explained.

Since being ordained, Mr Hynan has had a number of postings, including a spell as the chaplain at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.

He was also a curate in the neighbouring St Paul’s parish, before a spell in Canada.

For more information on the event, he can be contacted on 085-7424153.