The Lismullin Centre is holding a conference for Priests which will run from 8th November until the 10th. 

Following Pope Benedict’s advice in these difficult times for the Church in Ireland, the Lismullin Priests’ Seminar will explore topics such as speaking about the Church in the media, the ministry of the Pope, the priest as minister of hope and the task of evangelising young people today. The guest speakers include Jack Valero, HE Mr Francis Campbell, Prof Patricia Casey and Rev John Harris, OP.

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Schedule & Speakers

Monday 8th November

Jack Valero – ‘Catholic Voices’:

A New Approach to Speaking about the Church in the Media –

The UK Experience

Jack Valero studied civil engineering at University College London and got a Masters at Imperial College. He is now Communications Director of Opus Dei in Britain. Earlier this year he helped set up the ‘Catholic Voices’ project, a group of Catholics trained to speak to the media about Catholic issues and news stories in the lead up to and during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK in September 2010. Jack was Press Officer for the Beatification of Cardinal Newman which took place during the Papal Visit to Britain.

Tuesday 9th November

HE Mr Francis Campbell –

‘The Ministry of the Pope’:

Moral Compass & Source of Hope for Humanity

A native of Co. Down, Francis Campbell has MAs in European Integration (Catholic University of Leuven) and in International Relations (University of Pennsylvania). He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1997, aged 27. His early diplomatic career focused on Europe and he was seconded to the European Commission, as part of its Delegation to the United Nations in New York. Between 1999 and 2003 he was Policy Adviser and then Private Secretary to the Prime Minister. British Ambassador to the Holy See since 2005, he is due to move to another diplomatic posting in Pakistan.

Prof Patricia Casey –

The Priest as a Minister of Hope to those who are suicidal,

despairing & guilt-ridden

Patricia Casey is Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, UCD and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. She is the author of six books and her research interests include personality disorder, suicidal behaviour and adjustment disorders. She is Editor of The Psychiatrist (formerly the Psychiatric Bulletin published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London) since January 2008. She is a regular contributor to the media and writes a weekly column for the Irish Independent daily newspaper. She is a patron of the Iona Institute (a pro-marriage, pro-religious practice think tank in Ireland) and authored a paper, ‘The Psychosocial Benefits of Religious Practice’, for that organisation in 2008.

Wednesday 10th November

Rev John Harris, OP –

The Hope of the Church: Evangelising Young People Today

Rev John Harris OP, BA, STD, is a Dominican priest of the Irish Province. At the moment he holds the post of Regent of Studies. He studied at the Dominican University (Angelicum) in Rome, where he received his doctorate in 2004 on the topic: ‘Ethics in Constitutional Law: A theological Reflection on the Preamble to the Irish Constitution’. Over the years he has taught many subjects at the Dominican House of Studies, and writes regularly on theological and pastoral topics. He is Spiritual Director to the National Council of Youth 2000.

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