Session 1 Panel 4

No Room at the Inn: a Christian Response to Homelessness. 

10:00 - 11:00    Panel 4 No Room at the Inn: a Christian Response to Homelessness. 
(Hall 3) - EN 🎧 ES, IT

Moderator: Dr Maria Rossi, UN Representative, Giovanni XXIII Community (APG23).
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Panellists:     
•  Conor Hickey, CEO of Crosscare, Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland Text available for download - Click here.

•  Fr Seán Donohoe OFM, Co-Director of Capuchin Day Centre, Dublin, Ireland Text available for download - Click here.

•  Rose Hickman, Community Partnerships Coordinator, The Passage, Archdiocese of Westminster, England

“Families and homes go together”. It should be kept in mind that “the family has the right to decent housing, fitting for family life and commensurate to the number of the members, in physical environment that provides the basic services for the life of the family and the community” (AL, 44). This panel reflects on homelessness and discusses a Christian response to this crisis.  

Biographies

Dr Maria Rossi, UN Representative, Giovanni XXIII Community (APG23)

Dr Maria Mercedes Rossi is the main representative at the United Nations in Geneva and New York of the Associazione Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII, an International Association of Faithful of Pontifical Right.  She has a degree in Medicine and a Speciality in Infectious Diseases from the University of Bologna (Italy), a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Master in Public Health from the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.  She worked as a missionary doctor under the Catholic Diocese of Ndola in Zambia for 20 years.  From 1994 to 2002, she coordinated the integrated AIDS Programme (Home Based Programme) of the Catholic Diocese of Ndola. Ms Rossi served also as Medical Advisor for the Red Cross at the Ndola branch in Zambia.  Dr Rossi is a consecrated person. Her research and consultancy has focused mainly on HIV/AIDS. 

Conor Hickey, CEO of Crosscare, Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland

Conor Hickey graduated with a degree in Social Studies and Social work in Trinity College Dublin in 1987 and received a Masters in Business Administration from University College Dublin in 1998. He has worked as a practitioner in social care settings with children and adults in addiction, family support and homeless services. He has held a number of senior management positions in the voluntary sector. In 2001 he took up the position of National Director of the Simon Communities of Ireland. In March 2006 he became the first lay Director of Crosscare, The Catholic Social Service Agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin. 

Fr Seán Donohoe OFM, Co-Director of Capuchin Day Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Sean Donohoe OFM is a Capuchin Franciscan friar. He was born in Dublin and joined the Franciscans in 1981. Having completed his initial formation, he was assigned over the years to various different apostolates in different parts of the country.  He has ministered in formation and vocations promotion, parish ministry, prison ministry as well as various local leadership roles.  At present he is co-director of the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless people.  At the Centre he cares for the homeless of Dublin city providing food and other services to the most vulnerable in society.  This is typical Capuchin work, trying to bring the message of St. Francis to today’s world, in the spirit of being brothers to all.   

Rose Hickman, Community Partnerships Coordinator, The Passage, Archdiocese of Westminster, England

Rose Hickman has been working at The Passage (Westminster Diocese’s homeless service) for nearly 10 years. She coordinates a London-wide scheme called Home for Good, which supports formerly homeless people once they have moved into accommodation through regular meetings with trained volunteers. Rose previously worked in the Passage Resource Centre, and has considerable frontline experience of working with clients who are sleeping rough and facing serious challenges. She has also worked on a coordination project for faith-based and other voluntary groups interested or involved in helping homeless people: providing guidance, training and support. Before The Passage, Rose’s work experience included working in publishing and TV, and many moons ago she studied History of Art at the University of Sussex. She and her husband live in Kingston upon Thames, south London, where they are involved in their local church. She enjoys creative arts, writing, reading, theatre, walking and the seaside. 

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