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THIS YEARS SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:
Ralph Martin has been a leader in renewal movements in the Catholic Church for many years. He holds an MA in Theology, from Sacred Heart School of Theology in the Archdiocese of Detroit, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (the “Angelicum”) in Rome.
He worked for a number of years for the National Office of the Cursillo Movement and subsequently became a leader in the national and international development of the charismatic renewal movement in the Catholic Church. He was the founding editor of New Covenant Magazine, as well as the founding director of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office, currently located in Rome.
Currently Ralph is president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization (www.renewalministries.net). Renewal Ministries is the sponsor of “The Choices We Face” a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world. Renewal Ministries is also actively involved in assisting the Church in more than 30 different countries through leadership training, evangelistic conferences and retreats, and the publication and distribution of literature.
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, OBE, is Founder and Chief Executive of Mary’s Meals, a global hunger charity which in 2015, reached the milestone of providing a daily meal in a place of education for more than one million of the world’s poorest children. The daily meal attracts children to the classroom where they can gain the basic education that could be their route out of poverty.
In 2010, Magnus was praised as a CNN hero for his role in founding and running Mary’s Meals and in April 2015, he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most inﬂuential people in the world. Magnus’ book, “The Shed That Fed A Million Children” reached the UK’s prestigious Times and Sunday Times bestseller list immediately after its release. Magnus has also received honorary degrees from the University of Hull, Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Stirling and the University of Edinburgh.
The global average cost of feeding a child for a whole school year with Mary’s Meals is just £13.90/€15.60/$19.50. Support for Mary’s Meals is global with fundraising groups in Australia, Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UAE, UK and USA.
Fr. Timothy Bartlett
Fr Timothy Bartlett is Secretary General for the 9th World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Ireland from 21 to 26 August 2018 on the theme The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World.
Fr Bartlett is also Episcopal Vicar for Education, and the Director of Public and Social Affairs, in the Diocese of Down and Connor and is also Secretary to the Northern Bishops. He previously worked as assistant to the President of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, having spent 10 years before that as a lecturer in theology at St Mary’s University College, Belfast.
Caroline Simons is a solicitor who began volunteering with the Pro Life Campaign after the X case in 1992. She has been a frequent contributor to radio and TV debates on prolife issues. She has recently completed two postgraduate degrees, which focused on medical law, bioethics and reproductive technologies.
Fr. Seán Kelly, OFM, Cap
Fr. Seán Kelly, OFM, Capuchin is the Provincial Vicar of The Irish Capuchin Franciscans & Guardian of the Kilkenny International Capuchin Community.
He made his solemn profession in 2008 and obtained an Honours Degree in Theology and Philosophy from All Hallow’s College, Dublin and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in ‘Leadership & Pastoral Care’ also in 2008.
Fr. Seán is Spiritual Director and promoter of The Cursillo Movement in Ireland.
Emma is from Maynooth, Co. Kildare and mother to Rossa, aged 2. She holds a BA in Theology & English, a MA in Poetry Studies and is currently undergoing a Certificate in Spirituality - Youth Ministry Skills.
Emma works part-time as a youth retreat facilitator and has been involved with the Prolife Campaign since September 2016.
Rev. Dr. Eunan McDonell, SBD PhD
Rev. Dr. Eunan McDonnell SDB PhD is Spiritual Director to the Divine Mercy Conference Committee and is currently the Salesian Provincial of St. Patrick’s Province (Ireland & Malta). He has a particular interest in Salesian Spirituality, having completed his doctorate on St. Francis de Sales, published books and articles on Salesian Spirituality and lectured in theology and spirituality at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, All Hallows College Dublin and the Diocesan Seminary Adigrat (Ethiopia). He has been director of Salesian novices in Ireland and involved in formation in Ethiopia.
He is indebted to the late Fr. Michael Ross (RIP) through whom he discovered, and was introduced to, the Salesians of Don Bosco. His other main interest concerns evangelization of the young and he has been involved as spiritual director to the pure-in-heart, vocational accompaniment of young adults, and more recently has been chaplain to Maynooth Post Primary School. The themes of the call to holiness for all, and the Mercy of God for everyone, are foundational to his own faith and spirituality.