What’s happening at the congress?

Posted on 17. Jul, 2013

PrintOur Diocesan Congress has several distinct themes.

On Friday 27th may of our Year 8 pupils will attend with their schools, taking time to reflect on how they have received the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and how they can use them in their lives.

On Saturday morning delegates from each of our parishes, together with clergy, our religious communities and many organisations throughout the diocese will come together.   As you arrive into the Waterfront building you will have the opportunity to engage with our exhibitors, browse through bookstands and avail of a time of silent prayer in our prayer space organised by the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration.

We will gather in the main auditorium at 9:45am and Down and Connor Folk will lead us in hymns of praise and the young people of our Diocese will lead us in prayer.

In the morning our keynote speaker Breda O’Brien will speak to us of the challenge and hope of being a Catholic in Ireland today.  As a  columnist with the Irish times, teacher, wife and mother of 4 Breda brings a message that is infused with reality of being an authentic Catholic in today’s society.

As we break for tea and coffee we will be encouraging you to submit questions to our panel who will join Breda on stage.  The panel will respond to Breda’s address and your questions with their own insights into living as a Catholic today.

A highlight of our morning will be the launching of our pastoral plan.  We will hear of the hopes and aspirations that we have for our diocese, the practical steps that we need to sign up to and how together we can work co-responsibly to ensure that our plan is implemented.

In the afternoon we will take part in seminars.  Each delegate will be assigned two workshops to attend.  (If you want to attend a different workshop we would encourage you to swap your delegate pass).  The 5 workshops available are;

Faith that does Justice.  Fr Peter McVerry SJ

Passing on the Faith.  Breda O’Brien

Reconciliation: The Gospel Story and My story.  Bishop Alan Abernethy

Church: Everybody’s Welcome.  Elizabeth Davies

Co-responsibility: A Parish reality.  Jim Deeds & John Colgan

After the workshops Bishop Treanor will give an address focusing on our Congress them of Our Church, Our Community , Our Commitment.  Just as we began the day in prayer we will end the day in prayer also.  We invite you. Come and Join us.

Please Download our invite for further details.

Diocesan Congress Invite