Clontarf Ecumenical Conference – Ecumenism: Reimagining the Future of the Irish Church.

Clontarf Ecumenical Conference

Ecumenism: Reimagining the Future of the Irish Church.

Date:                         Saturday 13th October 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Venue:       Church of St. John the Baptist, Seafield Road West, Clontarf, Dublin 3

10.00 a.m.                                    Registration, Tea/Coffee (in the church)

10.30 a.m.  – 10.45 a.m.                        Introduction & Opening Prayers

10.45 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.          Rev. Lorraine Kennedy Ritchie

Seeing Beauty in Diversity

11.30 a.m.  – 12.15 p.m.          Rt. Rev. Kenneth Kearon

Building an Ecumenical Barn
                                                             What’s Happening in the Ecumenical Movement?

12.15  p.m. – 1.15 p.m.              Lunch 

1.15 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.               Canon Patrick Comerford 

                                                  The Virgin Mary and the Saints in Anglican Tradition

2.00 p.m.  – 2.45 p.m.                Fr. Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

                                                     A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland. 

3.00 p.m.  – 3.45 p.m.                Closing Eucharist


Speakers and Topics

Rev. Lorraine Kennedy Ritchie-Seeing Beauty in Diversity

The Revd Lorraine Kennedy-Ritchie was born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa.  After graduation from High School she spent four years touring the length and breadth of RSA, living in wealthy estates and impoverished townships alike, experiencing for the first time the reality of her country and its deep struggle.  It was during this time of being part of church communities, in all its richness and brokenness that she felt strongly drawn to serving within church community. She is currently the Minister of Clontarf and Scots Presbyterian Church.


Rt. Rev, Kenneth Kearon – Building an Ecumenical Barn: What’s Happening in the Ecumenical Movement?

Currently Bishop of the United Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe, Bishop Kearon was formerly the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion and director of the Irish School of Ecumenics.  Ordained in 1981, he served his curacy in All Saints Raheny and St. John’s Coolock.


Canon Patrick Comerford – the Virgin Mary and the Saints in the Anglican Tradition.

Canon Comerford is currently Director for Education and Training in the United Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe and also priest -in- charge of Rathkeale Group of parishes.  Among the many academic posts held formerly by him is Lecturer in Anglicanism, Liturgy, and Church History in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.


Fr. Gerry O’Hanlon SJ – A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland.

Fr. Gerry O’Hanlon SJ has written several books and many articles, often on 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 Church reform.


Philip McKinley will be the facilitator once again this year.

A cover charge of €10 will be payable at the door and patrons have the option of bringing a packed lunch. Tea coffee will be provided.

For more information contact 087 6993489


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