Congress Speakers

Posted on 17. Jul, 2013

We are delighted that on Saturday 28th September we will be joined in the Waterfront Hall by a team of speakers who will help us to reflect on our pastoral plan and who will challenge and inspire us to recognise our role within the diocese.

bredaBreda O’Brien will be our keynote speaker for the congress and she will lead us in reflecting on where we are as the Irish Church today and our aspirations for the future.

Breda is a weekly columnist with The Irish Times, a second-level teacher and frequent contributor to media debates on social, religious, ethical and education issues. Married with four children, Breda brings a realistic commentary that allows us to identify with being members of the church and  witnesses to our faith in the reality of daily life.


peterFr Peter McVerry SJ has been working with Dublin’s young homeless for more than 30 years. During this time he has campaigned tirelessly for the rights of these young people.

In 1979, Fr McVerry opened a hostel to address the urgent need for accommodation for young homeless people. Four years later he set up a charity called The Arrupe Society, to provide further housing and support. Renamed in 2005 as Peter McVerry Trust, the charity has progressed from providing a three bedroom flat in Ballymun to today’s wide range of services catering for the diverse needs of young homeless people.  We hope that Peter will both challenge and inspire us to respond to the Gospel call to see Christ in the poor.


alanBishop Alan Abernathy is the Church of Ireland Bishop of Connor.  Bishop Abernathy is married to Liz and has two children he took up his appointment as Bishop in 2007.  Prior to this appointment he was the rector in Ballyholme Parish.

Bishop Abernathy believes passionately that reconciliation with our neighbour is a fundamental demand of the Gospel.  He will be leading a workshop entitled Reconciliation: The Gospel Story & My story.




elizabethElizabeth Davies, has been working for the Catholic Bishops Conference England & Wales since 2009 as the diocesan coordinator of family ministry.

Elizabeth has been involved in the implementation of projects in England and Wales such as Everybody’s Welcome, Home is a Holy Place and Passing on the faith and is chair of Family Caring.  She will share with us on how we as a diocese can become an open, welcoming community.