Workshops of Faith - the venues and the speakers

workshops of Faith will be held throughout the weekend, commencing on Saturday at 11am.

workshops of Faith will be held throughout the weekend, commencing on Saturday at 11am.

The workshops will be presneted by members of the local clergy and invited guests, and already a considerable interest in the many talks is growing.

The list of speakers, times and venues is asfollows -

Saturday 11th May

11.00am Passion symbols in Ossory with Ms Siobhan de h’Oir. Siobhain is a longtime member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries. She has had a specific interest in the Passion Symbols, especially in the Diocese of Ossory.

11.30am Parish liturgies without a priest with Fr Martin Tobin. Martin is a priest of the diocese, following his ordination in 1986 he spent two years in the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle before returning to take up pastoral duties in Ossory. He is presently in Clogh/Moneenroe.

11.30am A pilgrimage of faith - A reflective walking tour of the Churches of Kilkenny City led by Fr Jim Murphy. Jim is a priest of the diocese and grew up in poulgour. He was ordained in 1972. Jim is serving in St Canice’s parish and has travelled extensively around the world in his work as president of the Jesus Caritas Fraternity of Priests.

11.45am The youth and our church: a future walked together - A workshop exploring the possibilities of encouraging young people to take an active part in the life of the church with Fr Willie Purcell. Willle is a priest of the Diocese of Ossory. He is currently Director of Vocations in the Diocese and in 2011 was appointed National Vocations Coordinator. He holds a masters degree in theology with a specialisation in Liturgy.

12 noon The role of justice and charity in facing the current economic crisis with Dr Suzanne Mulligan. Suzanne is a lecturer in the Department of Moral Theology at the Pontifical University, Maynooth.

1.00pm

Jesus: model and teacher of prayer in Luke with Rev Dr Fergus O’Fearghaill. Fergus was ordained for the diocese in 1974 and following ordination he completed his doctorate in scripture in the biblicum, Rome. He lectures in Mater Dei in Dublin and in Carlow College.

2-5pm A time for prayer: an opportunity for a prayer, confession or a chat with a priest in the college chapel with Fr Ray Dempsey and other priests of the diocese. Ray is a priest of the diocese and was ordained in 1997. 2.00pm Blessed are those who die in the Lord – A music worshop exploring the use of music in the parish context of celebrating the liturgy of Christian Burial: The Rite of Reception of the Body at the Church and The Funeral Mass with Fr Richard Scriven. A native of Callan, Richard was ordained in 1984 and has worked in St Kieran’s College, parishes in England and Ireland. Richard has always had a keen interest in liturgical music working with choirs at parish, college and diocesan level. 

2.00pm The heritage (archives, plate, vestments, pictures) assembled at St Kieran’s College with Mr John Kirwin. John a native of Inistioge, holds an MA in History and Archaeology from UCD. He has had many articles on local history published over the years in a variety of journals. His most recent work was ‘Kilkenny Families in the Great war which he did with his cousin, Niall R. Brannigan.

3.00pm The Eucharist in Scripture with Ms Olivia Maher. Olivia is from the parish of Tullaroan. She has completed a Masters in Theology with Scripture as her major area of interest. Olivia currently teaches religion in CBS Kilkenny and on the Certificate of Theological Studies at St Kieran’s College.

3.00pm Morality: what’s the point of it all? with Rev Dr Michael Shortall. Michael, a native of Castlecomer and a past pupil of St Kieran’s, is a priest of the Dublin diocese, has his Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University. He lectures in moral theology at Maynooth College, while helping out at the Parish of Saggart, Rathcoole and Brittas.

3.30pm Go forth, the Mass is ended: Stories that will provide food for the journey with Fr Martin Delaney. Martin Delaney is a priest of the Diocese of Ossory. He is co-author of Do This in Memory a parish based programme in preparation for First Eucharist. Martin is Parish Priest of Rathdowney County Laois and chair of the council of priests.

4.00pm Surmising on suffering: Some reflections on the Cross in the life of the disciple of Christ with Rev Dr Gearoid Dullea. Gearoid is a priest of the Diocese of Cork and Ross and currently works as Secretary of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. He has previ4.00pm Viewing “The Secret of Kells” (nominated for the best animated feature film award Oscars 2010) - with a Q&A session with the director Tomm Moore (Offered to students studying art in secondary school and College). Tomm founded Cartoon Saloon In 1999 with Paul Young while studying animation at Ballyfermot Senior College, Dublin. Having completed his first feature film “The Secret of Kells”, Tomm is currently working on his latest feature film “The Song of the Sea” which is due for release in 2014.

4.30pm The Catholic School: learning, teaching and leading with Mgr James Cassin. Jim, a priest of the diocese and was ordained in 1972. Having served as President of St Kieran’s College and lectured in Moral Theology there. Jim currently works as Executive Secretary of the Bishops’ Education Commission.

4.30pm How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ (Romans 10:15) – The ministry and privilege of the Reader with Ms Julie Kavanagh. Julie is a member of the Kildare and Leighlin Faith Development  Services with particular responsibility for liturgy and parish ministry. She is also a member of the Council for Liturgy (Bishops’ Conference) and is on the panel of lecturers for the National Centre for Liturgy.

4.30pm Meditations with Ms Christine Kelly. Christine holds an M.A in Pastoral Care Chaplaincy Experience. She has served as a Parish Pastoral Worker n the diocese. Chris has co-authored the book: The Art of Stillness.

Sunday 12th May

2.30pm Walking, building and professing while sitting around a table - the challenge to Parish Pastoral Councils today with Mr Dermot McCarthy. Dermot chairs the boards of All Hallows College and St Andrew’s Resource Centre A former civil servant, he is the chair of the Pastoral Council in his parish in Dublin.

2.30pm Viewing “The Secret of Kells” (nominated for the best animated feature film award Oscars 2010) - with a Q&A session with the director Tomm Moore (

2-5pm Time for prayer: An opportunity for a prayer, confession or a chat with a priest in the college chapel with Fr Ray Dempsey and other priests of the diocese. Ray is a priest of the diocese and was ordained in 1997. He has served in several parishes in the diocese and holds a masters in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction.

3.00pm The year of God’s favour: Luke’s Gospel and debt forgiveness with Ms Jane Mellett. Jane is a Parish Pastoral Worker in the Archdiocese of Dublin and is based in the parishes of Cherry Orchard and Ballyfermot Assumption.

3.00pm  A pilgrimage of faith - A reflective walking tour of the Churches of Kilkenny City led by Fr Jim Murphy.

3.30pm Producing a CD - a workshop for parishes and choirs on how to produce a CD of their music with Fr Eamonn O’Gorman. Eamonn is a priest of the diocese and was ordained in 1981. Eamonn is a gifted musician and has great expertise with the interface of technology and music.

4.00pm Why belief is the most reasonable response to reality with Mr John Waters. John was born in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, in 1955. As a journalist, magazine editor and columnist, he has specialised in raising unpopular issues of public importance, including the repression of Famine memories and the denial of rights to fathers. John, a recognised author, has written plays for radio and stage.

4.00pm Baptism in today’s world - a look at the celebration of the sacrament of Baptism in the church today (offered to parents and baptismal teams in the diocese) 4.30pm Meditations with Ms Christine Kelly. Christine holds an M.A in Pastoral Care Chaplaincy Experience. She has served as a Parish Pastoral Worker n the diocese and works extensively with the retreat team of Peace in Christ. Chris has co-authored the book: The Art of Stillness.