In 2019, the Diocese of Down and Connor started a process of discernment and renewal called Pathways to the Future.   This programme continues with the blessing, support and guidance of Bishop Alan McGuckian, Bishop of Down and Connor.  A Steering Committee of Clergy, Parishioners and Diocesan Staff support the Pathways to the Future programme. The Steering Committee is chaired by Mr Stephen McAnee. The steering committee is supported in their work by a dedicated project manager, Mrs Jackie Kerr.

Following a period of consultation which has taken place across the diocese to reflect on the suggested ‘Families of Parishes’ and the challenges and opportunities that this presents to clergy and parishioners going forward, this Pathways process is progressing.


Our 3 key areas of focus

The Steering Committee has established three subgroups to progress three initial priorities for the programme. They are:

Pastoral Care of

Lay Leadership and Ministry

Strategic Planning and Communication