Diocesan Symposia

THE DIALOGUE WITH CULTURE

 History of the Symposia (Working Title)

Mindful of Pope Benedict’s desire to see a cultural Courtyard of the Gentiles and at the request of Bishop Mark Davies, in 2013 the Department for New Evangelisation set up an informal ‘think-tank’.

This brought together professional men and women to explore possibilities of dialogue at a local level. Membership included the following: the local MP; a lawyer specialising in the conflict of Human Rights in the workplace; a solicitor; a pharmacist; a publicist; a recovering addict who uses Catholic Social Teaching in the work of Rehabilitation; a journalist working as a sports’ writer for a TV company; a retired Consultant; several people working in the field of education, etc.

This group initiated a series of annual diocesan symposia to engage the public in dialogue on a number of issues. These events are open to all, and welcome people of other faiths and none. To date, the speakers and subjects covered are the following:


2012
YEAR OF FAITH


I NEW EVANGELISATION 
1. The New Evangelisation
Right Rev Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth
2. The debt I owe to my Catholic Culture
Mr Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Internationally acclaimed author


2013 


II HUMAN RIGHTS
1. Human Nature, the Source of Human Rights
Right Rev Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, Ireland
2. What Happens when Rights Collide in the Workplace?
Mr Neil Addison, Founder – Thomas Moore Legal Assistance


2014 


III ADDICTION AND VIOLENCE – FORGIVENESS AND REDEMPTION
1. A Teenage Son, Murdered: The Call to Forgiveness
Mrs Margaret Mizen, Jimmy’s mother
2. Care of the Violent in our Society
Mr Barry Mizen, Jimmy’s father
3. Addiction as Sin, Rehabilitation as Redemption
Mr Damien Prescott, Founder – Olive Branch Rehabilitation Centre


2015/16
YEAR OF MERCY


IV LOURDES: UNIQUE MANIFESTATION OF GOD’S MERCY
1. The Message of the Apparitions: God’s Gift of Redemption
Miss Barbara Davies, Diocesan Coordinator for New Evangelisation
2. Lourdes: Open to the World
Dr Alessandro de Franciscis, President Lourdes’ Bureau of Medical Observations


2016
YEAR OF MISSION


V THE PLACE OF MERCY IN END OF LIFE CARE
1. The Personal and Social Dimensions of End of Life Care
Mrs Lynne Moorhead, Senior Hospice Social Worker
2. The Psychological and Ethical Dimensions of End of Life Care
Dr Pravin Thevathasan, Consultant Psychiatrist
3. The Spiritual Dimensions of End of Life Care
Dr Anthony Crisp, Clinical Psychologist, Deacon of Shrewsbury Diocese


2017/18
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST


VI THE EUCHARIST AND THE CHURCH
1. Maelstrom of Love  The Eucharist: Source and Centre of the Sacramental Life
Dr Oliver Treanor, former Professor of Theology Maynooth, Ireland