The Society of African Missions’ annual summer school will take place at the Dromantine Retreat and Conference Centre in Newry, Co Down, from Saturday 25 – 27 June. This year’s programme will focus on the theme of ‘Living Laudato Si’ and its theological, spiritual and practical application.
Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’, on care for our common home, was published on 18 June 2015. In his encyclical Pope Francis posed the question:”What kind of a world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”
The three-day programme will feature talks from a variety of experts including Father Sean McDonagh SSC, environmental theologian and author of numerous books on environmental issues; Father Eamon Conway, Head of Theology and Religious Studies in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick; Sister Catherine Brennan, founding member of the Saint Louis Ecology Group and Eco-Congregation Ireland; and Dr Lorna Gold, Head of Policy and Advocacy in Trócaire.
The Society of African Missions is an international community of Catholic missionaries who serve the people of Africa and people of African descent around the world. The society was founded in Lyons, France, in 1856 by Mgr Melchior de Marion Brésillac. The society now holds over 900 members from Africa, America, Asia and Europe and work in a number of African countries as well as Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.
All talks and workshops are provided free of charge, though those who wish to stay overnight can do so for €70 per day, including meals.
For more information on the Society of African Missions Summer School, visit www.sma.ie.