A new initiative being developed in the Diocese of Elphin aims to increase the involvement of lay parishioners in the teaching of the Catholic faith.
Today the Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has announced that the Diocese will shortly begin taking applications for the role of Volunteer Catechist.
This will involve lay people being commissioned as leaders of faith-based education programmes, in partnership with priests and parish communities.
Speaking to Ocean FM today, Bishop Doran says that until now catechism has been primarily school-based but it is after school that most people start to really question and explore their faith:
He also told Ocean FM News that such an initiative should not be seen as something that is being set up in light of falling vocations but in spite of them: