The third annual ‘Faith and Life Convention’ will take place on 24 September next in Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast.
The Faith and Life Convention is a forum for people from all across the Diocese of Down and Connor, and beyond, to gather together and take part in a range of conversations about the meaning of faith and its relevance to every area of our lives. The one-day event will be composed of talks and discussions as well as 23 unique workshops which will explore the place of faith in the many different areas of life.
Keynote speaker at the convention will be former UK Minister of State for Children and Families, Ms Sarah Teather, now Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the UK, who will speak on the current refugee crisis and will share her own journey of discernment that led her away from the benches in parliament to her current role. Afterwards, a discussion will be held at on the theme “Faith in a world in need of Mercy”. Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor, will also address the convention at the conclusion of the day, before offering prayers to close the event.
Workshops will include Mgr Breandán Ó Doibhlin, former Professor of Modern Languages in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, on ‘Faith in a Broken Culture’; Father Donal Neary SJ, editor of Sacred Heart Messenger magazine, on ‘An Irish Beatification ‐ who is Father John Sullivan SJ?’ and Ms Breda O’Brien, teacher, columnist and patron of the Iona Institute on ‘Faith and the Family’. Other hosts will include Father Tim Bartlett, Secretary General of the World Meeting of Families 2018, and Presbyterian Minister, Reverend Ruth Patterson, as well as representatives from various religious groups.
For more information, and to register for the event, please visit www.faithandlifeconvention.org.