Session 2 Panel 5

Homecoming Reading; Unlocking the Hope and Healing of the Scriptures.

11:30 - 12:30    Panel 5: Homecoming Reading; Unlocking the Hope and Healing of the Scriptures.
(Merrion Room) – EN

Facilitators: Prof. Seamus O’ Connell, Dr Jessie Rogers and Rev. Philip Carder.

This is an interactive workshop on using the Scriptures, through Lectio Divina, to support hope and healing in our lives, particularly in our families.      


Prof. Seamus O’ Connell

Séamus O’Connell, a priest of the Diocese of Kerry (Ireland), is Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical University, Maynooth, and an expert in the Gospel of Mark. After ordination in 1982, he learned to interpret the Scriptures at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (SSL), at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland (DTheol). O’Connell’s pastoral work as school chaplain (1986–89) and as Director of Scriptural Formation for the Diocese of Kerry (1992–1998) profoundly re-oriented his approach to the Bible to see it primarily as God’s word of hope in our lives, for our lives, and for the life of the world. Seeking to share this word, led him to the discovery of lectio divina as the Church’s outstanding way of reading the Scriptures to descend to the level of the heart in order to seek God.  

Dr Jessie Rogers 
Rev. Philip Carder

Phillip Carder has been married for forty three years to Betty. Together they have three children and seven grandchildren.  Phillip was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Armagh in 2014, after a lifetime working in Industry. He has since served in the Parish of Lower Killeavy.  He also serves as a Chaplain in Craigavon Area Hospital, as Director of our Diocesan Theology Programme, and as an Advocate with the Marriage Tribunal.  In the course of his formation for the Diaconate he completed a degree in Theology and a Research Masters in Theology focused on Sacred Scripture in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He is presently studying for a diploma in Spiritual Direction at Manresa House, Dublin, the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality. 

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