2014 keynote speech
A talk given by Alan McGuckian SJ at the Down and Connor Faith and Life Convention in Belfast, 26 th September 2015. This talk arose out of very helpful conversations & guidance from Michael Paul Gallagher SJ & Brendan Comerford SJ
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10.00am

Welcome, Opening Prayer
Keynote address, Fr Brendan Comerford SJ

11:00am

Coffee break

11:30am

Panel Discussion – Chaired by Mr Declan Lawn
Panellists: Rev Timothy Bartlett, Dr Johnston McMaster, Mrs Breda O’Brien, Baroness Nuala O’Loan

12:30pm

Lunch

1:45pm

Workshop 1

2:45pm

Coffee break

3:15pm

Workshop 2

4:30pm

Address - Bishop Noel Treanor
Closing Prayer

5:00pm

Close of day

convention schedule

The Faith and Life Convention is a forum for people from across the diocese, and beyond, to gather together and to take part in a range of conversations about the meaning of faith and its relevance to every area of our lives. We invite you to join us for our second Faith and Life Convention on Saturday 26th September 2015 in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast beginning at 10am. Father Brendan Comerford SJ will be the keynote speaker for the day and will invite us to reflect on some of the ways that we as Catholics are called to personal and corporate renewal today.

Our panel discussion will be picking up on issues that are current. The panellists will help us to reflect on how the Church, and we as people of faith, position ourselves in current debates and engage more readily in the public square.

An essential element of the day will be the afternoon workshops which will explore the place of faith in many different areas of our lives. Each participant can attend two workshops which will be booked on a first come, first served basis. So book early!

keynote speaker at the faith and life convention
keynote speaker at the faith and life convention

Father Brendan
Comerford SJ

 

An Irish Jesuit, native of Co Meath, Father Brendan Comerford joined the Society of Jesus in 1980 and was ordained a priest in 1988. He has been at various times a teacher of Irish and English Literature and a Jesuit Novice Master.

Most recently he has lived in Dublin where he has served on the staff of the Centre of Spirituality at Manresa House and has lectured in the Milltown Institute.

His postgraduate studies were in Spirituality and he has a special interest in the lives of the Mystics, a theme about which he has written and lectured widely in recent years.

Brendan has a keen interest in understanding the culture within which we are called to hear the Gospel and follow Christ.

He will speak to us on the theme: What hope for faith?

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1. Beginning of Life

Baroness Nuala O'Loan

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2. Living and Dying Well

Rev Caroline McAfee

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3. Welcome me as I am

Fr Michael McGinnity

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4. The Way of the Heart

Maria Garvey

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5. Surviving Suicide - A Pastoral Response

Brendan McManus SJ

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6. Remembering
1916

Johnston McMaster

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7. Sectarianism: Belonging gone bad

Derek Poole

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8. Faith and Media – Friend or Foe?

Pat Coyle

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9. The Seven
Deadly Sins

Fr Nick Austin SJ

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10. St Columbanus for today

Fr Billy Swan

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11. Youth
Workshop

Living Youth Team

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12. The Cry of
the Earth

Fr Tim Bartlett

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13. Seamus Heaney’s Disappointment

Fr Paddy Delargy

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14. The Sunday Readings - a Treasure to be explored

Fr Albert McNally

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15. Family Prayer in a Busy World

Breda O’Brien

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16. Lord of the World

Declan Lawn &
Alan McGuckian SJ

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17. "Where is God?" – Teaching our Children the Faith

Therese Ferry & Jennifer O Kane

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18. Encountering God in his word

Máire Fitzpatrick
& Mary O’Connor

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19. Get ready!
There’s a Referendum coming.

Gerry Loughran

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20. Movies that
Matter

Fr Colin Crossey
& Aideen D’Arcy

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511 Ormeau Road
Belfast
BT7 3GS

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Tel: 028 9069 0920

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