Session 2 Panel 1

The Family that Prays Together: Finding Time for Prayer in a Digital Age.

11:30 - 12:30    Panel 1: The Family that Prays Together: Finding Time for Prayer in a Digital Age.
(Hall 3) - EN 🎧 ES, IT

Moderator: Wendy Grace, Managing Director at Compass Communications, Ireland. Text available for download.

•    Dr. Marco Brusati, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life Text available for download
•    Cristina Lopez Schlichting, COPE, Spain Text available for download
•    Francis Monahan, ACCORD, Ireland Text available for download
•    Br Richard Hendrick OFM, Cap, Ards Friary and Retreat Centre, Donegal, Ireland Text available for download

‘In our own day, dominated by stress and rapid technological advances, one of the most important tasks of families is to provide an education in hope.’ (Al. 275). This panel discusses the benefit of a family that prays together in our modern digital age. 


Wendy Grace, Managing Director at Compass Communications, Ireland. 

Wendy Grace is a journalist and broadcaster. Wendy holds a 1st class honours degree in Journalism and Visual Communications. She presents the flagship daily talk show on Spirit Radio. Spirit Radio is a Christian radio station which broadcasts across Ireland reaching a half a million listeners each week. Wendy regularly contributes on panels on national television and radio programmes. She writes a monthly column for the Irish Catholic Newspaper and is CEO of Compass Communications which focuses on media training and communications for companies and individuals. Wendy also presents and produces programming for, which created the AMORIS 6 part television series for the World Meeting of Families 2018. Wendy is married to Karl and they have a one year old son Matthew. 

Dr. Marco Brusati, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Dr. Marco Brusati teaches Event Planning at Florence University (Italy) in the first level Masters in Institutional Advertising, Multimedia Communication and Events Creation. He is a collaboator of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and General Manager of “Hope”, an Italian Catholic association committed to the education and training of young artists and creatives. His work concentrates on the interaction between anthropological models present in media-systems and the formation of a personal and communitarian identity in future generations. Over the course of his career Dr. Brusati has planned and managed several national and international Catholic events, among which ten with the presence of the Pope, attended by more than five million people.

Cristina Lopez Schlichting, COPE, Spain

Cristina López Schlichting is a Spanish journalist and writer. She is the mother of two sons and daughter and leads the weekend broadcasting program of Cope, "Fin de Semana," with 700,000 listeners. She has been writing for different newspapers (ABC, "El Mundo" and "La Razón") and working in radio (Cope, Ser) and television (RTVE, Telecinco, Antena 3, Telemadrid, Canal Sur, Intereconomía, TRECE) for the last 30 years. She is the author of "Politically Incorrect", "I lived in a harem" and the novel "The Modern Days" (The modern days). As a reporter, she worked in Iran, Israel, Egypt, India, Nicaragua, Albania and Morocco. She covered from Berlin the falling of the Wall or, from Belgrad and Kosovo, the Balkan war. With "Help the Church in need" she has filmed a documentary about Christians in refugee camps in Iraq. She speaks Spanish, English, German and Italian. She loves the Church, which has saved her. 

Br Richard Hendrick OFM, Cap, Ards Friary and Retreat Centre, Donegal, Ireland 

Brother Richard Hendrick O.F.M Cap is a priest-friar of the Irish province of the Capuchin Franciscans. For over 20 years he has worked to bring the insights of the Christian Contemplative tradition to greater public awareness, working particularly with the Sanctuary, a spirituality centre in Dublin’s inner city. He served as director of Youth Ministry for the Irish Capuchins for over ten years and has worked extensively at both secondary and third levels as a retreat giver and chaplain. He has also worked in hospital and prison chaplaincy roles, as well as in parish work. Brother Richard is currently Guardian of the Ards Friary and Retreat Centre in Donegal.

Francis Monahan, ACCORD, Ireland

Francis Monahan is a farmer in Co Kildare and is a voluntary facilitator with Accord (the Catholic Bishops of Ireland agency for preparation and support of married couples) giving pre-marriage courses. Francis has been married to Mary for 35 years. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.


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