General Synod 2020
The holding of the General Synod from 7th-9th May 2020 in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin, has been cancelled, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The move to do so was proposed by the Honorary Secretaries of the General Synod, and passed unanimously by resolution of the Standing Committee.
The booking with Croke Park Conference Centre has been transferred to 5th-7th May 2022 (the General Synod of 2021 will, as mentioned in the Book of Reports in 2019, be held in the Armagh City Hotel).
The Honorary Secretaries and the Standing Committee are considering a possible rescheduling of the General Synod to take place later in 2020, and will be guided by the latest advice from public health authorities, with the safety of Synod members as their priority.
A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus
The following prayer in the time of the coronavirus has been written by the Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough.
Almighty and All–loving God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we pray to you through Christ the Healer
for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19
in Ireland and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers,
skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,
comfort to everyone in distress
and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected
and love to those to whom no love was shown.