Living Church Down & Connor 2013

As a result of the listening process the diocese of Down & Connor has taken pastoral initiatives. The living church represents the dreams and longings of every parish in the diocese. Its 5 themes will be the basis for the Diocesan Congress in September 2013 & diocesan pastoral plan. Down & Connor pastoral initiative The Living Church has evloved as a direct result of the listening process. Please watch this short video which is available on the News page.

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The Report on the Listening Process

During the early months of 2011 Listening Events took place across the diocese, mainly with parish groups, though people also gathered in other configurations and submitted reports and suggestions, both as groups and as individuals. What follows is not an exhaustive account of everything that was said… Full Report

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About Us

The Star of the Sea church is the church of the Catholic parish of Portstewart, Co Derry, Northern Ireland in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Down and Connor.  Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, it serves the people of this town and its tourist visitors who more than double the local population in the summertime.  The church was built in 1916, a year before the Dominican Convent opened in Portstewart.  There are about 2000 parishioners, some of them retired people.  The parish priest is Fr Austin McGirr, appointed in April 2006.

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