Irish Jesuits and colleagues were involved in lots of activities at the World Meeting of Families Pastoral Congress in the RDS, Dublin from 22 to 24 August 2018. Jesuits of the British and American Provinces also took part as well as young people from all over Europe. The stories include podcast interviews with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications.
Siobhán Murphy and Iva Beranek, spiritual guides in the Ignatian tradition, helped pilgrims to reflect in their relationship with God over the three day event. Click here.
Sculptor Imogen Stuart and Brian Grogan SJ provided a beehive prayer space where members of the public could enter and pray. Click here.
Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ talked about the impact the World Meeting of Families had on his family and the shadow of the clerical sex abuse scandals cast over the event. Click here.
Bernard McGuckian SJ, Mary Brady and Vera Casey spoke about the Messenger Publications’ best-selling books and the outreach work of the Pioneer Association. Click here.
Young people from all over Europe prepared for the World Meeting of Families and the Pope’s visit with a special retreat in Manresa, Dublin from 20 to 26 August 2018. Click here.
The most intense media attention was paid to American Jesuit James Martin SJ, who was invited to address the gathering on the subject of building bridges in the Church with LGBT communities. Click here.
Complementing Fr Martin’s contribution was a presentation by English Jesuit Dominic Robinson on the concrete experience in the Farm Street Parish, London of integrating LGBT Catholics into ordinary parish life. Click here for the video story.