Session 1 Panel 2

Handing on the Faith in the Home Today

10:00 - 11:00    Panel 2 Handing on the Faith in the Home Today. ​
(Hall 2) – EN 🎧 ES, IT, FR

Moderator: Bishop Brendan Leahy, Diocese of Limerick, Ireland  Text available for download - Click here

•  Julie Kavanagh, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Ireland 
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•  Paula and Joseph McKeown, Diocese of Down and Connor, Ireland (North) 
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•  Rosalinda and Jorge Carrillo, International Confederation of Christian Family Movements, Mexico 
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•  Liliana Olivieri de Pérez Bicecci, Psychologist, Catholic University of La Plata, Argentina 
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“The Bible also presents the family as the place where children are brought up in the faith” (AL, 16). “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). “The Church is called to co-operate with parents through suitable pastoral initiatives, assisting them in the fulfilment of their educational mission” (AL, 85). This panel discussion considers the challenges facing families in raising children in the faith today. 


Bishop Brendan Leahy, Diocese of Limerick, Ireland

Born in Dublin in 1960, Bishop Brendan Leahy is the third of four children born to Maurice and Treasa Leahy from West Kerry. After secondary school in Coláiste Éanna C.B.S., he studied law at University College Dublin. In 1980 he entered Clonliffe College, Dublin to study for the priesthood during which time he deepened his contact with the Focolare movement – a formative influence in his life. Having completing doctoral studies in Rome on the Marian principle in the Church in the writings of Von Balthasar, he was appointed to Clonskeagh parish in 1991 and to Clonliffe College and Mater Dei Institute of Education. Appointed professor of Systematic Theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 2006, he was ordained bishop of Limerick in 2013. Bishop Brendan has been a member of the Pontifical Theology Academy since 2004 and is very involved in both ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.

Julie Kavanagh, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Ireland

Julie Kavanagh is the Liturgical and Pastoral Resource Person for the Kildare and Leighlin Diocese in Ireland. She completed her MA in Liturgical Studies at St John’s University, Collegeville and is a member of the Council for Liturgy of the Irish Bishops’ Conference. She has lectured extensively in Ireland and abroad, including as a visiting lecturer for The Margaret Beaufort Institute, Cambridge. She has contributed to many journals and has co-authored a number of books including ‘Prayer for Parish Groups’ and ‘A welcome for your Child – a Guide to baptism’ while also authoring ‘Signposts on the Road to Emmaus – An Exploration of the Mass’. Julie is the diocesan delegate to WMOF2018 while she is also a member of its liturgy committee and contributed to a number of the video inputs for the Amoris programme of preparation. She is married to John McHugh and together they have three daughters, Ellen, Kate and Róisín.  

Paula and Joseph McKeown, Diocese of Down and Connor, Ireland (North)

Joe and Paula McKeown have been married for 10 years and have 2 children; Anna (4) and Lorcán (2). Joe has been involved in Community Youth Work and Catholic Youth Ministry for almost 20 years. He works for Youthlink NI, an Inter-Church Youth Ministry training organisation established at the height of the conflict in Northern Ireland as an expression of Churches working together to develop leaders and build peace and reconciliation. Paula worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for 10 years before joining the Living Church project in the Diocese of Down and Connor in 2011, a listening initiative across 87 parishes which supports the Diocesan Pastoral Plan, and the co-ordination of the Diocesan Congress in 2013. Paula is passionate about creating opportunities for faith development and enhancing co-responsibility across Parishes and Dioceses. Since August 2017 Paula has been the Director of the Living Church office. 

Rosalinda and Jorge Carrillo, International Confederation of Christian Family Movements, Mexico

Jorge and Rosalinda Carrillo live in Queretaro, Mexico. Married for 41 years, they have 1 son, 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Both have Master degrees in "Family Sciences and New Technologies" from Santiago de Compostela University, Galicia, Spain. Members of the Christian Family Movement (CFM) for 40 years, they have worked in NGOs and are founders and General Coordinators of "Citizen Observers of the Family" and advisors to the "Institute of the Family". Authors of a study "Approaches to values and lifestyle of girls and boys from 8 to 10 years old" in schools in Queretaro and Michoacán, Mexico. This presented a projection of the children of this generation when they are fathers and mothers themselves. They are Diocesan Secretaries of the Laity in Queretaro, CFM National Secretaries, Latin American Presidents of MFC, and together president and vice president of ICCFM.

Liliana Olivieri de Pérez Bicecci, Psychologist, Catholic University of La Plata, Argentina

Liliana Olivieri de Pérez Bicecci  is a Psychologist. From Catholic University of La Plata Master she has a Masters in Family Education. Liliana is married to Pablo and is the mother of ten children. She has an extensive experience in the field of personal, marriage, and family growth.   As a therapist, she specializes in marriage, families, and young people. Her vast experience also includes educating parents, teachers, and head teachers through conferences, workshops, seminars and training sessions in Argentina and other Spanish-speaking countries.  At the Austral University in Argentina, she teaches Developmental Psychology and affective-sexual education. Liliana was President of ASI Educación Familiar and is an active member of Con mirada de mujer, organizations devoted to women and family life. She is the author of Learning to Love - education of human affectivity and sexuality for infants and adolescents, Enjoying Adolescence, and Education of Human Affectivity and Sexuality for parents and teachers.


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