In a letter to parishes, Bishop Declan writes “As you probably know, Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for October 2014.

The theme of the Synod is the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the context of Evangelisation.  The wish of Pope Francis is that as many people as possible should be involved in the preparation for this Synod, especially those who are most directly involved in family life.

To help with this, a questionnaire has been devised which will enable people to respond with their opinions, thoughts and hopes”.  You can respond by filling in an online form at

There is also more information on the Bishops Conference website