THE IRISH EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE
The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference (also known as the Irish Episcopal Conference) is the assembly of the Bishops of Ireland exercising together certain pastoral offices for Christ’s faithful on the whole island of Ireland.
The Conference enables the Bishops to exchange views, and share their wisdom and experience in order to promote the common good of the Church in Ireland. General Meetings of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference normally take place on a quarterly basis.
To help it fulfill its aims more effectively, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has established various Episcopal Commissions, departments, councils, agencies, councils and other bodies which focus on specific tasks and areas of responsibility within the mission of the Church. Day to day operations are overseen by a secretariat.
The five Episcopal Commissions are as follows:
- Catholic Education and Formation
- Pastoral Care
- Planning, Communications and Resources
- Social Issues and International Affairs
- Worship, Pastoral Renewal and Faith Development