March 28-29, 2014
Loras College, Dubuque, IA

The Catholic Church in Ireland Today is a unique series of presentations and discussions by experts from Ireland, the United States, and Canada examining the contemporary Irish Catholic Church.

All sessions are free and open to the public – refreshments provided



FRIDAY EVENING KEYNOTE


  Keynote Session: The Present Condition and Future Directions of Irish Catholicism
  Friday, March 28, 7:00-9:00pm, Alumni Campus Center Ballroom
 
“Faith of our Fathers: A Lost Legacy?”
Eamon Maher, Centre for Franco-Irish Studies, ITT, Dublin
 

In periculo mortis: Can Irish Catholicism Be Redeemed?”
John Littleton, The Priory Institute, Dublin
 

A response by Jim Rogers, University of St. Thomas and editor of the New Hibernia Review
 
Questions, Comments, and Discussion
 

SATURDAY PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS


  Session I: Shifting Identity and Authority
  Saturday, March 29, 9:30-11:30am, Alumni Campus Center Ballroom
 
“The Ownership of Catholicism in Contemporary Ireland”
Michele Dillon, University of New Hampshire
 
“’The Second Coming’ and the Emergence of Contemplative Ireland”
Bernadette Flanagan, Dublin City University
 
“Allergies to History: Interpreting the Past at the 2012 Eucharistic Congress”
John Waldmeir, Loras College
 
Questions, Comments, and Discussion
 
  Session II: Politics, Migration, and Catholic Clergy
  Saturday, March 29, 1:00-2:30pm, Alumni Campus Center Ballroom
 
“Cross-Pressures, Politics, and Professional Fatigue: A Study of Catholic Priests in Ireland”
Elizabeth Oldmixon, University of North Texas
 
“God May Not Need a Passport, Priests Do: Exploring the Migration Experience of Polish Catholic Priests in Ireland”
Agata Pińôkosz, University of Toronto
 
Questions, Comments, and Discussion
 
  Session III: International Dimensions
  Saturday, March 29, 3:00-4:30pm, Alumni Campus Center Ballroom
 
“Lost in Translation: Bill Donohue and the Irish Clerical Abuse Scandal”
Matt O'Brien, Franciscan University of Steubenville
 
“From Fr. Jack to Fr. Sean: How Irish Missionaries are Reshaping and Revitalizing Irish Catholicism”
Andy Auge, Loras College
 
Questions, Comments, and Discussion


Symposium made possible through the generosity of the Kucera Center for Catholic Studies, the Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque, IA, and William Lynch, ('64).”

For more information, contact David Cochran (david.cochran@loras.edu)
or John Waldmeir (john.waldmeir@loras.edu).

 
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