Session 2 Panel 4

Pope Francis on the Vocation of Fatherhood.

11:30 - 12:30    Panel 4: Pope Francis on the Vocation of Fatherhood.
(Hall 8B) – EN

Moderator: Bishop Alan McGuckian, Diocese of Raphoe, Ireland 

Panellists:                
•    Mickey Harte, Manager of Tyrone Gaelic Football Team, Ireland (North)
•    Patrick E Kelly, Deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, USA - Text available for download - Click here.
•    Peter O’Brien, Parent of Special Olympics Athlete, Ireland 


God sets the father in the family so that by the gifts of his masculinity he can be “close to his wife and share everything, joy and sorrow, hope and hardship. And to be close to his children as they grow […] To be a father who is always present” (AL, 177). This panel celebrates and reflects the important role and vocation that fathers play in family life.

Biographies

Bishop Alan McGuckian, Diocese of Raphoe, Ireland 

Bishop Alan McGuckian was born in 1953, the youngest of six children of Brian and Pauline McGuckian in Cloughmills, Co. Antrim. School in Cloughmills and in St MacNis-si’s College was followed by First Arts in Queen’s University, Belfast. In 1972 he joined the Jesuit novitiate in Clontarf in Dublin. His studied Philosophy in the Milltown Institute and Theology at the Toronto School of Theology. After ordination to the priesthood in 1984 he taught at Clongowes Wood College. In the 1990s he ran the Jesuit Communica-tion Centre in Dublin. During this period he was involved in setting up the web sites www.sacredspace.ie and www.catholicireland.net.  Before being ordained Bishop of Raphoe, he worked for 6 years with the Diocese of Down and Connor in the Living Church project, which aims to foster a culture of co-responsibility for the mission of the church between clergy and laity.

Patrick E Kelly, Deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, USA

Patrick E. Kelly is Deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus and serves on its Board of Directors. He is responsible for the organization's faith-based programming, including the "Faith in Action" initiative and the "Building the Domestic Church" family program. Kelly also serves as Chairman of the March for Life, the world's largest pro-life rally held annually in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Kelly was the Knights' Vice President for Public Policy and Executive Director of the Saint John Paul Il National Shrine. He is also a retired U.S. Navy Captain and has held civilian positions with the U.S. Congress, Justice Department and State Department.
Kelly graduated from Marquette University Law School and holds a Master's Degree from the Pontifical John Paul Il Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America. Kelly and his wife, Vanessa, have three young daughters.
About the Knights of Columbus.
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization, with nearly 2 million members. Founded by Venerable Father Michael McGivney in 1882, the Knights of Columbus remains true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity by supporting its membership and a broad spectrum of local, national and international charitable projects. These include Warriors to Lourdes, Christians at Risk program to help refugees in the Middle East, the March for Life, Special Olympics, Coats for Kids and the Global Wheelchair Mission. Last year, the Knights provided more than $185 million to these and other charitable causes.

Peter O’Brien, Parent of Special Olympics Athlete, Ireland 

Peter O’Brien has held a number of positions in the youth, community and voluntary sector, including Director of Dun Laoghaire Youth Service. In 2001 he joined Special Olympics Ireland as a volunteer, before joining the management team of the 2003 Games. In 2002 he was made Chairman of the National Children’s Advisory Council. In 2004 he became P.A. Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin and subsequently the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. He returned to Special Olympics Ireland in 2011 as Director of Training and Volunteers. He is married to Caroline. They have two children. Aisling is a Special Olympian and Luke assists his father in coaching tag rugby with players with an intellectual disability. Peter is chairman of the IRFU committee on Safeguarding for Mini and Youth Rugby. Peter has led groups from his parish of Glasthule to traditional places of pilgrimage across Europe by bike. 

Mickey Harte, Manager of Tyrone Gaelic Football Team, Ireland (North)

 

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