All Hallows College
AUTUMN SERIES OF PUBLIC TALKS 2014
THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL: CONTEXT AND OVERVIEW
EXPLORING THE TEACHING OF POPE FRANCIS
Wednesdays in October
7.30pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday 1st October
The Joy of the Gospel: Context and Overview
Rev. Eamonn Conway, PhD
The Joy of the Gospel is a truly remarkable and radical document, one that ranges widely
and challenges complacency at every level. It offers us powerful challenges, the key one
being to transpose all our pastoral activity into “a missionary key”. This talk will provide an
overview of Pope Francis’ approach and indicate misunderstandings to avoid when reading
Wednesday 8th October
The Joy of the Gospel and Implications for Ministry
Fainche Ryan, PhD
“When the Church becomes closed it becomes sick?” These are the words of Pope Francis,
and in this presentation we will explore this man’s actions and words to see what they say
about his understanding of how the Church and its ministry should be in the 21st century.
Wednesday 15th October
The Joy of the Gospel and Irish Church Renewal
Gerry O’Hanlon, SJ, PhD
Pope Francis is insistent that the mission of the Catholic Church demands its own renewal
and reform. He is calling us to conversion in this matter. What might be involved? – This
talk will be a theological exploration of the nature of this reform and, in particular, of the
shape it might take in Ireland.
Wednesday 22nd October
The Joy of the Gospel: Pope Francis and Justice
Ethna Regan, CHF, PhD
This talk will focus on the influence of Latin America on Pope Francis and the themes of
mercy and justice in Evangelii Gaudium.
Room 4, Purcell House,
All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Admission: €10 or €30 for the series
As space is limited, pre-booking is recommended:
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Fr Eamonn Conway is a priest of the Tuam diocese and Professor of Catholic Theology at
Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. He was an expert adviser at the XIII
World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation in Rome, in 2012. His recent
publications include Priesthood Today: Ministry in a Changing Church, (Dublin: Veritas
2013), and Blueprint for the Church: An Introduction to The Joy of the Gospel, to be
published by The Irish Catholic in October 2014.
Gerry O’ Hanlon
Gerry O’Hanlon SJ is a staff member of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Associate
Professor of Systematic Theology at the Milltown Institute. Among his recent publications
are Theology in the Irish Public Square (Columba Press 2010) and A New Vision for the
Catholic Church: A View from Ireland (Columba Press 2011).
Ethna Regan is Head of the School of Theology in Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University
and a member of DCU’s Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction.
A Holy Faith Sister, she previously taught at the University of the West Indies and worked
with Credo Foundation for Justice in Port of Spain. She is the author of Theology and the
Boundary Discourse of Human Rights (Georgetown University Press, 2010).
Dr Fáinche Ryan is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the new Loyola Institute at
Trinity College Dublin. A native of Kerry, Dr Ryan has also worked with the Irish
Redemptorists on their mission team, and is a regular contributor to periodicals such
as Doctrine and Life, Spirituality and Reality. She is also author of The Eucharist: What do
we believe? (Columba Press, 2012).