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A Course for Parishioners 2014

Posted on 12. Sep, 2014 in Carousel

 The Joy of the Gospel

 Family, Church and Pope Francis; A course for Parishioners

8th – 12th September 2014

Pope Francis family course

During these days in the city of the apostles Peter and Paul, participants were afforded an opportunity to reflect on Pope Francis’ call to live the Joy of the Gospel. The week included a series of talks, liturgies and guided visits to significant Churches and Basilicas in Rome, a day of spiritual recollection and reflection as well as a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Francis at Assisi and an opportunity to attend a General Audience with Pope Francis.

Presentations were given by the following:

  • Msgr. Ciarán O’Carroll (Pontifical Irish College, Rome) visited St. Peter’s Basilica, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Church of St. Peter in Chains, and drew together the theme of family in the early centuries of Christian life in Rome. 
  • Dr Patricia Kieran (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) examined the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation and its implications for faith formation and the family. 
  • Fr. Tom Norris (Pontifical Irish College, Rome) led a reflection on ‘The Art of Loving – the Secret for Church and Family’. 
  • Fr. George Hayes (Pontifical Irish College, Rome) looked at the use of art and the aesthetic in nurturing one’s relationship with God. 
  • Fr. Hugh Clifford (Pontifical Irish College, Rome) gave input on the area of family, vocation and formation. 

If you wish to express an interest for next year, please telephone the Irish College on the main office number at 00 39 06 772 631 or email 

Pontifical Irish College, Via Dei S.S. Quattro, 1, 00184 Rome

 For the flyer for the course, please click here: Time for Parishioners flyer 2014

To see photographs from the course, click here.