Synod 2020 Talks

As we move to the next phase of our Synod Journey we are hosting a series of talks that will help us to better understand some of the pressing concerns of the Church and society as we continue to discern the Church that God is calling us to be.

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Location: The talks are hosted by Liverpool Hope University and take place in Hope Chapel - entrance by Chapel or Gateway Building.
Tea and Coffee from 7pm. Talk begins at 7:30pm. Concludes at 8:45pm. Optional Night prayer follows at 9pm.
Access: Disabled parking available on the Liverpool Hope campus.
Do I need to attend all 7 talks? Talks are stand-alone - you can attend one, more, or all of them as you are able - and they assume no specialist knowledge. 
Other information: All talks include a time for questions.

Monday 7 October 2019 - The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis: A Synodal Catholic Church
Rev Gerry O'Hanlon SJ

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Monday 11 November 2019 - Faith & Theology in Later Life
Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle

Ros Stuart-Buttle is Senior Lecturer in Theology & Education at Liverpool Hope University. She went to school in Crosby, now lives near Bollington, and has been married for 40 years, with three (adult) children and five grandchildren.

Monday 9 December 2019 - Complex Catholicism: Discovering the Reality of Young Catholics in England & Wales
Stephen Davies

Exploring who the younger members of our Church are today, using research from England and Wales

Stephen’s career has stretched across differently aged communities within the Church. He is the fundraising and communication director for the iconic Red Box of Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries. He started his career in university chaplaincy before helping to establish Animate Youth Ministries in the diocese. For seven years he led CAFOD’s programme working with young people. He is a co-founding trustee of Million Minutes, and Vice-Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust.

Monday 13 January 2020 - Faith in the Family
Dr Dominika Kurek-Chomycz & Prof John Sullivan

Dominika Kurek-Chomycz is Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at Liverpool Hope University. She is married to Taras, a Greek Catholic priest, and is a mother of two wonderful boys.

John Sullivan is Emeritus Professor (Christian Education) at Liverpool Hope University and a parishioner in Ainsdale. John has been married to Jean for 48 years., has four (adult) children and six grandchildren.

Monday 17 February 2020 - The Church in an Individualistic Society: Today's Economic Inequality - Where is the Church?
Rt Rev Dr Philip Egan

Philip Egan is Bishop of Portsmouth. He has served as hospital chaplain, parish priest, and Dean of Studies and Professor of Fundamental Theology at Oscott College. Bishop Philip is frequently asked to speak at theological symposia and at catechetical gatherings and he has regularly contributed to religious journals and magazines.

Monday 9 March 2020 - The Church as a Fragmented Mirror
David McLoughlin

David McLoughlin has helped to train priests, deacons, ministers, and teachers for 30 years. He is a founder member of the Movement of Christian Workers. He has been President of the Catholic Theological Association of GB and Vice President of the European Association of Catholic Theology. He is now the Emeritus Fellow of Christian Theology at Newman University. He provides theological support for a number of charities and religious orders and movements.

Monday 20 April 2020 - Participating in Christ's Ministry in the 2020s
Kate Wilkinson and Rev Dr Peter McGrail

Kate Wilkinson is a Theology Graduate from Heythrop College, London, who has worked in Youth Ministry for the last 10 years. She is currently school chaplain at All Hallows Catholic High School in Penwortham, Preston. She runs a blog and leads workshops and talks on the role of women in the Catholic Church today, inspired by St John Paul II's Letter to Women. Kate was the National President of the Young Christian Workers from 2017-2019 and currently a member of the Synod 2020 working party.

Peter McGrail is a priest of Liverpool Archdiocese, and is head of the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University.