The Synod on Synods
Zoom presentation with Gerry O’Hanlon SJ
Thurs 25th Feb 2021 at 7.00pm
Meeting ID: 881 9050 4866
Pope Francis has called a Synod of Bishops for October 2022 with the theme For a synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission. This is to be a reflection on the experience gained, and questions arising, from the series of recent such Synods (on the family, young people, the Amazon). He has invited input from local Churches.
Can the ACP contribute to the consultation of the Irish Church on this issue? Given that synodality is a key strategy of Francis in making the Church fit for the purpose of mission in contemporary times, can we suggest how it may lead to the development of a less clerical Church, with full exercise of baptismal rights for lay men and women and capable of meeting the challenges of an increasingly secularised Ireland?
Gerry O’Hanlon S. J. will tease out some of the issues involved and kick-start a conversation, open to all, around these issues, facilitated by chair Gerry O’Connor.
Gerry O’Hanlon SJ
Gerry O’Hanlon (b 1947) entered the Jesuits in 1965, having been to school in Belvedere College. His studies were mainly at home in Dublin, but included an MA in Classics in McMaster University in Canada (1971), a semester of theology at the Jesuit Hochschule in Frankfurt (1979) and doctoral studies in theology at Queen’s University Belfast, in the course of which he resided at the Presbyterian Chaplaincy at the University.
He was ordained in 1978 and taught Systematic Theology at the Milltown Institute from the early 80s until 1997. He moved to the small Jesuit community in Cherry Orchard in 1987. He has written several books and many articles, often on the themes of social theology and church renewal. He was an Irish Province delegate at GC 34 (1995) and Provincial from 1998-2004. Since 2005 he has been at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice where he continues to engage in theological reflection, with a particular focus on the Great Recession and on Church reform. He has served on several Episcopal bodies – as part of the inter-Church Ballymaccanlon talks in the 80s and 90s, and more recently on the Council for Justice and Peace.