Session 1 Panel 4

The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Today 

10:00 - 11:00    Panel 4: The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Today. 
(Hall 8B) EN 🎧 IT, ES

Moderator: Kate Liffey, National Director for Catechetics, Irish Bishops Conference. 
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Panellists:      
•    Julieann Moran, World Missions, Ireland
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•    José Luis Mendoza Peréz, President of San Antonio Catholic University, Spain
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•    Lisa and Brian Harmon, Cana, Ireland 
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•    Prof. Maria & Giovanni Salerno, New Families Movement, Focolare Movement, Italy - 
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“Children, once born, begin to receive, along with nourishment and care, the spiritual gift of knowing with certainty that they are loved. This love is shown to them through the gift of their personal name, the sharing of language, looks of love and the brightness of a smile” (AL, 172). This panel celebrates the joy of parents in raising their children whilst considering the many challenges that they encounter today. 

Biographies

Kate Liffey, National Director for Catechetics, Irish Bishops Conference.

Kate Liffey is a mother to four children, and wife to Geoff.  She is from Dublin, Ireland where she studied to be a Religious Education teacher.  She subsequently taught for a number of years before beginning work with the Edmund Rice Schools Trust, and then Trocaire (Caritas Ireland).  She is currently employed by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference where she works as the National Director for Catechetics and Coordinator of the National Faith Development Team. 

 

Julieann Moran, World Missions, Ireland    

Julieann Moran has a Master’s from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, She is a member of the team of World Missions Ireland and National Secretary for the Society of Missionary Children. She has worked at the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Catholic Primary Schools’ Management Association. Julieann has wide experience of renewal and faith development roles working with children, young adults, parishes, pastoral workers, priests, religious, and educators.  She has developed and delivered workshops, training, and other programmes that focus on enabling people to discover and develop their faith.  Julieann is mother to Daniel and parents alone with the support of her extended family, friends, and church community.  A writer of short stories and poetry in her free time, Julieann has a passion for people no matter where they are on life’s journey.  

José Luis Mendoza Peréz, President of San Antonio Catholic University, Spain

José Luis Mendoza Pérez is President and founder of the San Antonio University Foundation and of the San Antonio Catholic University of Murcia, the first Catholic University promoted and founded by lay people. He was sent with his family by Pope John Paul II, in 1991, to the Dominican Republic. In 2004 he was named Consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Family and is founder of the International Institute of Charity and Volunteering "John Paul II", sponsored by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. He was decorated in 2007 with the Order of Saint Gregory the Great, and with the Commendation of the Civil Order of Alfonso X El Sabio. by the Government of Spain. He received the "Giuseppe Sciacca" Prize, from the Pontifical Urbaniana University of Rome. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Faculty of Theology Redemptoris Mater (Lima) and is a frequent collaborator with the Holy See.

Lisa and Brian Harmon, Cana, Ireland

Brian and Lisa Harmon live in Co. Louth and have been married for twelve years. They are parents of three boys, all in primary school. Brian is a self-employed consulting engineer and Lisa is a nurse. They believe that God is the glue that holds their family together. They are the members of the Core Team of Cana Ireland, an international Christian movement for married couples who wish to strengthen the unity of their relationship so that it endures and bears fruit.  Cana is a ministry of the Chemin Neuf Community founded in France in 1980.  They are both passionate about Cana and believe that through it, God has transformed their marriage and that of countless couples in Ireland and the 50 other countries where Cana is present.  

Prof. Maria & Giovanni Salerno, New Families Movement, Focolare Movement, Italy

Maria and Giovanni Salerno were both born in Italy in 1962. have been married since 1987, have 5 children and are waiting for their first grandchild! Maria graduated in mathematics, worked for 3 years in a software company and for 30 years has taught Computer Science. After a master's degree in "Business management", Giovanni worked in a retail company for 30 years, as Resources Director and Commercial Director. Members of the Focolare and its New Families Movement since the beginning of their marriage, they soon became animators. Since 2001 they been regional managers of New Families in Lombardy and in 2015, they moved with their 2 younger children to Grottaferrata (Rome), to work in the International Secretariat of New Families. From November 2016 they have been the Central Managers of the International Secretariat. Maria attended in 2015 the Seminar "Women and Work" promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. 
 

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