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Limerick Diocesan Synod 2016

The diocese of Limerick is setting out on a "camino" or journey together to discern matters of relevance to
life in the diocese which will be discussed with 400 delegates from April 8th to 10th 2016.

This will enable the wisdom and experience of all, inspired by the Spirit, to be spoken and heard.

You are welcome to explore the website and join us in the journey to Synod 2016 http://www.synod2016.com


Níall McLaughlin in Limerick

Wednesday 7th October


When Bishop Brendan declared his intention to hold a Diocesan Synod he stated in the Pastoral Letter
entitled ‘Together In Mission’ that “It is my hope that this process leading up to the Synod over the next year and a half will involve as many as possible throughout the diocese.”

In this spirit Bishop Brendan is delighted to invite architect Niall McLaughlin to Limerick on Wednesday 7th October and invite you to come to one or both sessions with Niall on that date.

Niall McLaughlin is a London based, Irish educated, architect who won Young British Architect of the Year in 1998. His designs have won many awards in the UK, Ireland and the US. Niall is a visiting professor of architecture at University College London and a Member of the Architectural Review Editorial Board. He was chair of the RIBA Awards Group from 2007-2009.

  1. 1. “Creating Space for Community  – A  conversation with Niall McLaughlin”

The Limerick Diocesan Synod organisers decided that the presence of Niall McLaughlin in Limerick gives an opportunity to arrange a lunchtime gathering for those with a particular interest in Niall’s architectural work to meet and discuss his work with him.

Niall’s work is wide ranging and included in his presentation will be some of his work on churches. This seminar will be of special interest to both professionals and students in the fields of architecture, art, engineering, planning and members of the Limerick City community with an interest in its development.

Lunchtime seminar,  1.00 p.m. - 3.00p.m.; O'Brien & Wogan Suite Strand Hotel (Level 6)

A light lunch of tea and sandwiches will be provided

2. “Creating Space for Worship  – Lessons for Life from Architecture”

An illustrated lecture by Niall McLaughlin

Niall McLaughlin’s Church designs have recently been acclaimed, both in specialist journals and in leading British newspapers. His liturgical influences include the work of the German architect Rudolf Schwarz who himself was influenced by Fr Romano Guardini. Guardini was a major influence on the movement for liturgical renewal and reform which found expression in Vatican II. Among those who were influenced by Guardini was Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict) and Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) who began work on a doctoral dissertation on Guardini which for some reason he never completed. This evening will be of particular interest to those who have an interest in the arts, architecure, liturgy, worship and of course to Synod delegates.

6.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.; O'Brien & Wogan Suite Strand Hotel (Level 6)