Upcoming Events

Date: 30 January 2018
Amoris facilitator training - Night two - three locations

Pope Francis has asked us to promote parish conversations about his document, The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), as part of our preparations for the World Meeting of Families.

“It is my hope that in reading this text, all will feel called to love and cherish family life,

for families are not a problem; they are first and foremost an opportunity.” AL 7.

The Joy of Love is a six-part programme, based on Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia; that will be offered locally across Lent 2018. Using engaging short videos, animations and activities to encourage discussion, it will offer families, parishes and wider society an opportunity to think about our vision and hopes for family and marriage, to reach out to those who feel distant from the church and a chance to rediscover the gift that family is to the world.The programme will also challenge us to reflect on how we can provide greater support for marriage and family in our local communities. In particular, Pope Francis has asked us to think about support for newly married couples and outreach to families in need.

Every parish, local faith community and chaplaincy has been asked to prayerfully consider who it might send to train as facilitators for this program.

If you are interested in facilitating the program in a different capacity (youth group, book club, parents group etc), please contact us for more information - we would love to include you in this moment too.

The Facilitator:

  • The role of the facilitators will be to guide the conversation in a respectful and empathic manner according to the programme outline.
  • We strongly recommend at least two people work together to facilitate a group.
  • The program is set up so that the facilitator does not have to make a weekly presentation (there are videos supplied), or does not have to have the answers any concerns or questions in the discussions. A personal comment sheet allows participants to feed these back to the diocesan facilitators, and then to the national group. Facilitators simply hold a prayerful welcoming space for the conversation, so people can learn and talk together locally.
  • Facilitators must complete both nights of training in full to have a working knowledgeof the program and the role of facilitation in that program. Three venues and times are being offered to ensure equal opportunity across the diocese.


The Training offered:

  • Two, two-hour training sessions will be provided for parish-registered potential facilitators which will cover the programme material and the format of each session.
  • The National World Meeting of Families Committee has already produced books for the programme lay-out, and also for the facilitator. We will have two copies per parish available and they can also be purchased with the attached order-form, or on-line at www.amoris.ie



  • Each parish should register the names and contact details of your facilitators with the diocesan office (reception@ldpc.ie or 061 400133) before Monday 8th January 2018. There is limited space in some venues, so please know which venue each facilitator is requesting - it is possible to complete training at different venues if the spaces are available.



Facilitators must complete both nights in full to have a working knowledge

of the program and the role of facilitation in that program.


Night One

Night Two


Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Denmark St, Limerick

Monday, January 22nd7-9pm

Monday, January 29th, 7-9pm

Places limited so MUST be booked in advance.

Desmond Complex, Gortaboy, Newcastlewest, Co Limerick

Tuesday, January 23rd

7:30 – 9:30pm

Tuesday, January 30th7:30 – 9:30pm

Places limited so MUST be booked in advance.

Deebert House Hotel, Kilmallock, Co Limerick

Wednesday, January 24th 7:30 – 9:30pm

Wednesday, January 31st, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Places limited so MUST be booked in advance.