Doors Open, Tea & Coffee and scones available on arrival
Registration & Exhibition Space
Welcome and Opening Prayer
Keynote Address: Faith in a Better World: Embracing the Mission to shape the world of tomorrow.
Lunch College Dining Area (Packed Lunch Seating in Exhibition Space)
1st Workshop Session
2nd Workshop Session
Closing Address and Liturgy – College Hall
Address - Bishop Noel Treanor
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 sixth Faith and Life Convention on Saturday 28th September 2019 in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast.
This year our convention theme will be; Faith in a Better World. We are delighted to welcome Michel Camdessus to be our keynote speaker. Michel is the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund we are we look forward to hearing his reflections from his perspective as a committed Catholic, family man and economist.
Following the keynote address we will move into a panel discussion where we can engage with Michel’s address and also pick up on a range of issues that are pertinent to us in the Church and Society at this time.
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!
Michel Camdessus will be joining us this year as our Keynote Speaker. Michel has had an expansive career in the world of finance holding positions such as the Governor of Banque de France and three terms as the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Michel is a committed Catholic and was appointed by Pope John Paul II to serve as a lay member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He has been an advisor to the Vatican on Catholic Social Teaching and he played a major role in the Vatican’s campaign for a reduction of the Third World’s debt burden.
Michel is committed to the local Church in France and has played a central role in the on-going development of Semiane Sociales de France, which he presided for many years. It’s annual gathering a forum for people to gather and reflect on the Gospel and the challenges facing society. We look forward to welcoming Michel and hearing his reflections on how we each have a responsibility, by the virtue of our Baptism, to create a better world.
Following our Keynote Address Dr Nicola Brady (Irish Council of Churches) will guide the audience and panellists in a conversation where we can explore and unpack the messages from Michel Camdessus. This year we are delighted to welcome Ms Dympna Mallon, Mrs Eileen Gallagher and Prof Thomas Bremer to the stage.
Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s College Knock will be the venue for our Faith & Life Convention. The school is located at 120 Gilnahirk Road, Belfast BT5 7DL.
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The College is fully accessible and Refreshments and Lunch will be provided within the College. Please follow the instructions of parking stewards and we would ask all delegates to park in the College grounds and to ensure that they do not block entrances of local residents. For more information on the College – Click here