The Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry (OPRFM) was formed in September 2003 by Archbishop Sean Brady to promote pastoral initiatives and family ministry within the diocese.
The Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry works with diocesan and pastoral ministers, lay and ordained, to enhance, nurture and support the capacity of parish communities and families to live out their vocation of knowing and embodying in today’s world the Christ revealed in the Gospels.
The team includes:
Tony Hanna – Director
A former teacher and school counsellor, Tony most recently served as Senior Education Consultant at Marino Institute of Education (headquarters of the Christian Brothers). He is the founding member of an ecclesial community in Dundalk, known as the Family of God which has an Oratory in a shopping centre where adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available throughout the day. He holds degrees in Education and Divinity (First Class Honors) and took his doctorate in Theology from St. Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, Ireland. Married with four daughters, he is widely published in the religious and theological press in Ireland and is a well known speaker in charismatic circles. His most recent publication for which he served as editor is Strategies for Building Faith Communities in Schools, was published by the Centre for Education Services, 2005. Tony joined the Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry in September 2008.
Rhoda Curran, RSM – Pastoral Centre Director
A native of Dundalk, Rhoda has worked in education in the diocese of Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A. for twenty one years. She studied education, administration and counsellor education to Masters level. Upon her return to Ireland she studied spirituality obtaining a Masters Degree at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin. To enrich and further develop her understanding of people she studied counselling and psychotherapy. She taught in two V.E.C. Post Primary Schools in Co. Louth before moving into full time pastoral work for the diocese.
Milanda Kelly – Administrator
A native of Dundalk, Milanda has two grown up children. She has lived and worked most of her life in Dundalk. She worked in London for a few years before returning to raise her family. She has worked in the Pastoral Centre since 2001, and joined the Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry in 2003.
The Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry is committed to:
- The development of collaborative pastoral leadership at every level;
- Promoting the six pillars of ministry to strengthen the vocation of family and parish in imaging Christ. The six pillars are: leadership, liturgy and prayer, community building, formation and proclamation, service and outreach, administration;
- The development of a structural team approach to effective family ministry.