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Ardfert and Aghadoe Synod Addresses Financial Stability Amidst War

Tralee, Wednesday – The annual Synod of the Diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe convened today at the Church House in Tralee, under the presiding eye of the Lord Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert, and Aghadoe. Amidst a period described by the President as “a very solemn period in the history of our country and the world at large,” due to the ongoing global conflict, the Synod addressed various matters including the financial condition of the Diocese.

The war, unparalleled in its scope and the devastation wrought by modern armaments, has deeply affected the Irish nation, which has entered the fray with a profound sense of honour. The Bishop praised the widespread acts of charity and self-denial aimed at alleviating the suffering caused by the conflict and emphasized the importance of supporting the brave soldiers and sailors through prayer and financial aid.

This year’s Synod was marked by the absence of several members now serving at the front, highlighting the direct impact of the war on the Diocese’s community. In light of these challenges, the Synod discussed the Diocese’s financial health, acknowledging the loss of influential members such as Lord Ventry and Mr Francis Denny, whose contributions to the Diocesan Council and financial stewardship were invaluable.

Despite a slight decrease in subscription amounts compared to the previous year, the Diocesan Council’s report, presented by the Rev Chancellor Foley, was generally positive. The report detailed the allocation of funds, including a significant donation by the Representative Church Body, aimed at compensating for financial shortfalls and supporting the clergy’s stipends.

The Council also proposed a rearrangement under Stipend Fund No. 2 to secure the Superannuation Funds and raise the smaller stipends, ensuring a modicum of financial security for the clergy amidst these tumultuous times. Additionally, the Synod addressed the exemplary work done in education and missions, reflecting on the Diocese’s ongoing commitment to spiritual and community welfare.

In closing, the Bishop reflected on the uncertain future due to the war and political changes, reaffirming the Church’s mission to remain faithful and provide guidance and support to its flock.

The Synod’s discussions and resolutions underscore the resilience and adaptability of the Diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe in facing the challenges posed by the war, emphasizing the community’s collective effort to support its members and uphold its spiritual and financial obligations.

Dublin Daily Express – Thursday 08 October 1914

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