Loras College is hosting a free series of presentations and discussions examining the contemporary Irish Catholic Church Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. Split into four unique sessions, The Catholic Church in Ireland Today
symposium will include experts from Ireland, the United States and Canada, and will take place in the Marie Graber Ballroom within the Alumni Campus Center.
The keynote session will feature two of Ireland’s foremost experts on contemporary Catholicism: Eamon Maher, Ph.D., director of the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies at ITT Dublin, author of The Church and its Spire: John McGahern and the Catholic Question
; and John Littleton, director of The Priory Institute, Dublin, The Catholic Times
weekly columnist and author of Encountering God and Discovering Our True Identity
and The Fulfillment of God’s Saving Promise
. Maher and Littleton are authors/editors of: Irish and Catholic? Towards an Understanding of Identity
; The Dublin/Murphy Report: A Watershed for Irish Catholicism
; What Being Catholic Means to Me
; and Contemporary Catholicism in Ireland
The subsequent sessions will include presentations on growing Irish secularism, the changing image of Irish bishops, generational divides in the Church, Catholic migrants to Ireland, the abuse crisis and responses in Ireland and the U.S., Irish missionaries, the political role of Irish priests, the Dublin Eucharistic Congress, contemplative strands in Irish identity and more.
This event is underwritten by former Leo Burnett CEO Bill Lynch
(’63) and sponsored by the Archbishop Kucera Center for Catholic Studies, the Loras College program in Irish Studies and the Dubuque Sisters of the Presentation. All symposium sessions are free and open to the public.
For more information, please visit loras.edu/irishcatholicism
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