13 October 2018

Speaking on the Virgin Mary
and the saints at the Clontarf
Ecumenical Conference today

Patrick Comerford

I am one of the speakers today [13 October 2018] at the ‘Clontarf Ecumenical Conference’ in the Church of Saint John the Baptist (Church of Ireland), Seafield Road West, Clontarf, Dublin.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Ecumenism: Reimagining the Future of the Irish Church.’

The conference begins at 10 a.m. with registration, and the speakers at the morning session are the Revs Lorraine Kennedy-Ritchie, ‘Seeing Beauty in Diversity’ (10.30 a.m.) and the Right Revd Kenneth Kearon (11.30 a.m.), ‘Building an Ecumenical Barn, What’s Happening in the Ecumenical Movement?’

After lunch, I am speaking on ‘The Virgin Mary and the Saints in Anglican Tradition’ (1.15 p.m.) and Father Gerry O’Hanlon SJ is speaking on ‘A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland’ (3 p.m.).

The conference ends with a celebration of the Eucharist (3 to 3.45 p.m.).

The Revd Lorraine Kennedy-Ritchie is the Minister of Clontarf and Scots Presbyterian Church in Dublin. She was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. After leaving school, she spent four years touring the length and breadth of South Africa, living in wealthy estates and impoverished townships alike, experiencing for the first time the reality of her country and its deep struggle. During this time of being part of church communities, in all its richness and brokenness, she felt strongly drawn to ministry in the church.

Bishop Kenneth Kearon is the Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, and formerly the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion and director of the Irish School of Ecumenics. He was ordained in 1981, and was curate of in All Saints’ Church, Raheny, and Saint John’s Church, Coolock, and Rector of Tullow Parish, Dublin.

Father Gerry O’Hanlon SJ has written several books and many articles, often on themes of social theology and church renewal. He was the Irish Jesuit Provincial in 1998-2004. Since 2005, he has been a theologian 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, who is the Church of Ireland chaplain at Dublin City University, is the conference facilitator. After each speaker, questions and discussion from the floor will be encouraged.

A cover charge of €10 can be paid at the door. Tea coffee will be provided, and participants should bring a packed lunch.

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