The 2017 Summit Conference will take place at the Croke Park Conference Centre this week from Thursday to Saturday. Tomorrow at 3.30pm, Archbishop Eamon Martin will celebrate Mass and preach the homily on the opening day of the conference, whose theme is “Ignite a passion for the Divine love in our hearts… We were made for greatness”.
The Summit 17 Conference is organised by Derry priest Father James Devine, in partnership with ‘Focus’ (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and the Knights of Saint Columbanus. The conference invites 250 young Catholics to share their faith, learn about their faith and to learn the importance of sharing their faith.
Speaking on the conference, Father Devine said “Our hope is that we will be inspired and enriched in these days by some of the best Catholic speakers in the world, and come to know more enthusiastic, young Catholics from around the country and from among our friends from the United States. In this centenary year of the apparitions in Fatima, we place this conference under the protection of Our Blessed Mother asking her to guide each of us, her children, to a deeper love of her Divine Son Jesus, and that we will do the Father’s will in each of our lives. I hope you enjoy these days in Croke Park and that we will be moved by the Holy Spirit to further the evangelisation of Ireland!”
The conference will host a number of talks and workshops during its three days. Keynote speakers will include President and Founder of Focus, Mr Curtis Martin, who will speak on ‘Why we are here’; Dr Ted Sri, Vice-President of Mission and Outreach at the Augustine Institute, on ‘Vibrant Faith in a Secular Age’; and Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, Director of Evangelization for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and Director of Formation for the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, who will speak on Fatima and Consecration to the Blessed Mother.
Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland will celebrate Mass on the opening day of the conference. Over the following days Mass will also be celebrated by Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick, and Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Archbishop Martin said “It is with great joy that I greet you, my fellow pilgrims to ‘Summit 17’, as we continue our journey towards our true homeland in the Father’s house. Let us take courage and hope as we are once again renewed on our pilgrimage of faith by the knowledge and experience of the loving and merciful God who, even while we are still at some distance from the summit, runs to embrace us with all the tenderness and compassion of a father’s heart.”
For more information on the Summit 17 Conference please see www.thesummit17.com.