‘Communion and Co-Responsibility in the Church’

The Conference is organised by the Council for Pastoral Renewal and Adult Faith Development (Chair: Bishop Séamus Freeman) in dialogue with the Council for Justice and Peace (Chair: Bishop Ray Field).

The aims of this three-day event are:

  • to further the work of renewal and reform in the Catholic Church in Ireland at this time
  • to enhance the capacity of participants to work for renewal and reform in their own contexts
  • to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and look ahead to the Year of Faith

Keynote theological reflections will be offered by Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College.

Richard is a widely published author and an interna-tionally acclaimed speaker at theological and pastoral conferences. He is married to Diana and they have four sons.

The process will be facilitated by Sr. Colette Stevenson and team. Colette, a Presentation Sister, is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works in Child Safeguarding for the Church. Colette has been on staff of many Tavistock-type conferences and teaches Group Process in All Hallows College.

In addition to the main conference process there will be opportunities for evening workshops/
conversations (Thursday and Friday) in relation to key areas of ministry. These include faith develop-ment (Share the Good News), the work of justice and peace, youth and young adult ministry, marriage and family ministry, and pastoral development (Grouping Parishes and Living Communion)
Further information will be available at registration


Brochure and Booking form


13-15 September 2012


Sheraton Hotel, Athlone


€140 per person for the 3 days
€50 per person for the Saturday only

Cost includes breaks and lunches on all three days
Accommodation is not included