Thursday, 3 April 2014

Diocesan Youth Adviser Not Completely Hanging Up His Boots

Ray Mooney former Youth Adviser and now Lourdes Redshirt Co-ordinator
Ray Mooney, the Youth Adviser has announced his retirement. Ray has been in this role for 17 years. During his time he has overseen the creation and development of the Redshirts project which has become an important part of the diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage. Ray has worked closely with schools and has developed, among other things, the annual YouthGather event. He has also taken groups of young people to World Youth Days and worked with others in a variety of ways.

The growing links between the Redshirts and the main pilgrimage has made this a good moment in which to transfer responsibility for Redshirts to the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office. Ray will be retaining his involvement with the Redshirts through the Lourdes Office.

Ray’s departure creates a space on the pastoral team in the vital area of youth ministry. Bishop Kieran met with a number of people from across the diocese engaged in youth ministry recently to discuss the development of this area in the future.

In the meantime, we would all want to thank Ray for his many years of service to the Diocese and to wish him well in the next phase of the development of the Redshirts.

The post of Youth Adviser will be advertised in the near future.

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