The Society of African Missions’ annual summer school will take place at the Dromantine Retreat and Conference centre in Newry, Co Down, from Friday 7 July to Sunday 9 July. This year’s programme will focus on the theme ‘Faith Responding to Changing Times’ which aims to explore the realities of faith in today’s world.
The three day programme will be facilitated by Fr Sean Healy SMA and will feature a number of talks on faith today from keynote speakers Paul Valley, Director of The Tablet; Dr Fáinche Ryan of the Loyola Institute; and Justin Kilcullen, former Executive Director of Trocáire, who will examine a faith response to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Workshops over the three days will include Sister Nellie McLaughlin RSM on ‘Laudato Sí and the Call to Conversion’; Dr Jessie Rodgers on women’s voice in the Church, and Father Gerry O’Hanlon SJ on ‘The People on the Margins: A faith response in a secular society’. A full brochure of events can be found here.
Spaces at the SMA annual summer school are limited, so advanced booking is advised. The booking form can be found here.
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 in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.
For more information on the Society of African Missions see www.sma.ie.