Archbishops issue self-care guidance for clergy

Tuesday March 31st 2020

The Archbishop-elect of Armagh and Archbishop of Dublin recently issued the following guidance to all clergy (retired and serving) aged 70 and over and those with underlying health conditions:

  • In accordance with state guidance, all clergy, as with others, who are aged over 70 or who are living with an underlying condition, should be self–isolating/cocooning at home.
  • Retired clergy who have permission to officiate, serving clergy aged 70 and over, and clergy with underlying conditions should not be taking funerals at this time.
  • All normal services of public worship, in respect of all parishes, have already been suspended and there are therefore no public services to be taken until further notice.
  • All clergy, including those who are retired and have permission to officiate, may continue to (and are encouraged to) provide pastoral support to parishioners by telephone or online.

This guidance offers a general framework to parishes, subject to further approval or other advice that may be considered appropriate by the diocesan bishop.

The Most Rev Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin
The Rt Rev John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher & Archbishop-elect of Armagh

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