ACI’s first general meeting held in Dublin
Approximately 300 individuals from around the country attended the ACI’s General Meeting in the Regency Hotel, Dublin, following the ACP AGM. Following a progress report from the Steering Group the meeting considered the draft Statement of Objectives. A wide-ranging discussion followed after which – ‘on a show of hands’- the Statement of Objectives was endorsed by an over-whelming majority.
The second major item on the agenda was consideration of the ‘next steps’ for the ACI. The Steering Group proposed a plan which included provision for a formal launch early in 2013, the establishment of an ACI website and a series of regional meetings in 2013 culminating in a first AGM later in the year.
The Steering Group was mandated to pursue the plan as outlined
The Steering Group urged those who support the ACI to consider joining an existing lay group which supports the initiative or else to establish a new group in their local parish or area to promote the ACI. The initiative by the ‘Faith in Action’ Group in Bishopstown, Cork, in organising a meeting for Sunday 25th November ‘following on’ from the recent ACP Regional Assembly, was highlighted as an example of the type of initiative which the laity around the country needs to take to promote the new association.
The ACI would like to thank the ACP Leadership Team for their support in scheduling the General Meeting and in particular for arranging the inspiring and very challenging address by Fr.Peter McVerry on Friday night.