Speakers & Participants

In bringing together the people for our panels and workshops, we have chosen parents, family members, priests, religious, business leaders, industry experts and those who will share personal experience of issues that are a challenge in daily family life. 

Set out below are the bishops and cardinals that will be speaking at the various panels and workshops. The lay speakers, which will comprise the majority of the speakers and panellists will be released in the coming weeks. 

Information on this page is subject to change. We will update this page regularly with details of additional programme participants, topics and events.

Name 

Deacon Mr Jim Adams

ACCORD, Ireland

Panellist - Marriage, the Family and the Search for Christian Unity

Dr. Mary Aiken

Adjunct Associate Professor Geary Institute for Public Policy, UCD and Academic Advisor for Europol European Cybercrime Centre, Ireland

Panel Moderator - Dignity and Safety in a Digital Age: Facing a New Challenge for Families

Workshop Speaker - Turning Technology to the Greater Good: Faith, Family & Technology

Andrea Alessi

ACLI, Italy

Panellist - And the Greatest is Love: Pope Francis on 1 Cor 13

Carl Anderson

Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, USA

Panel Moderator - The Family as an Agent of Peace in a Turbulent World

Pilar Arengo

Major Panel Panellist - The Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: Finding New Language for Ancient Truths

Carla Barboto

Co-founder of Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador

Major Panel Panellist - The Vocation of the Business Leader: A Family Business Perspective

Fr. Martin Benett

Workshop Speaker - YOUCAT As a Resource of New Evangelization – To Rekindle Faith

Monique Barbut

Representative from the United Nations

Panellist - Care for our Common Home: Why the Family Matters to the Future of our Planet

H. E. Bishop Robert Barron

Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, USA

Workshop Speaker - Pope Francis on the Gospel of the Family: What is Jesus calling our families to be?

H. E. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti

Archbishop of Perugia-Citta della Pieve, President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference

Workshop Speaker - Accompanying, Discerning and Integrating: Human Fragility and Amoris Laetitia

Dr. Carol Baumann

COPE Galway Domestic Violence Refuge & Outreach Service, Galway, Ireland

Panellist - Breaking the Silence: Dealing with Domestic Violence

Leigh and Steve Baumann

Retrouvaille International, USA and Canada

Major Panel Panellist - When Plates Fly: Pope Francis on the Reality of Love in Family Life

Sr Nathalie Becquart

National Service for Youth Evangelization and Vocations, Bishop’s Conference, France

Panellist - Vocational Discernment and the Family: Preparing for the Youth Synod, 2018

Prof. Francesco Belletti

International Centre for Family Studies, Italy

Panellist - Promoting the Gospel of the Family: The Role of Family Associations Today

Liliana Olivieri de Pérez Bicecci

Psychologist, Catholic University of La Plata, Argentina

Panellist - Handing on the Faith in the Home Today

H.E. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB

Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar

Major Panel Moderator - Care for our Common Home: Why the Family Matters to the Future of our Planet.

Dr. Marco Bonacker

Workshop Speaker - DOCAT and the Social Doctrine – The Faith of Changing the World 
Workshop Speaker - DOCAT and the Social Doctrine – How to build a civilization of love?​

Lidia Borzi

ACLI, Italy

Panellist - And the Greatest is Love: Pope Francis on 1 Cor 13

Denis Bradley

ACCORD, Ireland

Workshop Speaker: Supporting Newly-Married Couples in the Parish. 

Marian & Vincent Bradley

Parents Testimony, Ireland (North) 

Panellist - Families and Parish; Supporting Families with Special Needs

Fr. Philip Bradley

ACCORD

Workshop Speaker - Keepings your W.I.T.S in Marriage and Family Life Today

H.E. Cardinal João Braz de Aviz 

Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

Main Celebrant and Homilist - Love endures all things: Why Strong Marriages make Stronger Societies.

Prof. Luigino Bruni

Economist and Academic, Rome

Panellist - The Family: A Resource for Society

Dr. Marco Brusati

Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, Italy

Panellist - The Family that Prays Together: Finding Time for Prayer in a Digital Age

Darren Butler

Co-ordinator of the Irish Bishop’s Drugs Initiative

Panel Moderator - Supporting Families Coping with Addiction

Rocco Buttiglione

John Paul II Professor of Philosophy and History of European Institutions, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, Italy. 

Workshop Speaker - A Hidden Treasure: The Theology of the Body of Saint John Paul II

Fr. Patrick Cahill

Catechist: God Loves Me; and the importance of saying ‘sorry’

Rev. Philip Carder

Faculty of Theology, Maynooth

Panellist - Real Reading for Real Families; Lectio Divina in Home and Parish

Workshop Facilitator - Homecoming Reading; Unlocking the Hope and Healing of the Scriptures

Rosalinda & Jorge Carrillo

International Confederation of Christian Family Movements, Mexico

Panellist - Handing on the Faith in the Home Today

Teresa Carvalho

Home Mission Development Officer, Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, UK

Panellist - Vocational Discernment and the Family: Preparing for the Youth Synod, 2018

Norah Casey

Irish businesswoman, magazine mogul, television personality and broadcaster from Dublin, Ireland

Panel Moderator - Breaking the Silence: Dealing with Domestic Violence

Adrian Chiles

Journalist and Broadcaster with BBC, UK

Panel Moderator - The Importance of Belonging; Exploring Contemporary Interest in Genealogy

Tommaso and Giulia Cioncolini

Bishop’s Conference Office of Family, Italy

Major Panel Panellists - And the Greatest is Love: Pope Francis on 1 Cor 13

Pádraigín Clancy

Folklorist and Expert on Irish Spirituality

Panellist - The Importance of Belonging; Exploring Contemporary Interest in Genealogy

Workshop Speaker - Le Chéile, Le Críost: The Missionary Family of Irish Saints

Marie Collins

Survivor of Abuse, Former member of the Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors and Patron of ‘The Marie Collins Foundation’, Ireland

Major Panel Panellist - Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Anita Conlan

ACCORD, Ireland 

Panellist - Relationship and Sexuality Education in the Light of Amoris Laetitia
Moderator - Insights into Adolescents.

Brendan Conroy

Couples Testimony, Ireland

Major Panel Panellist - Dancing to the Future with Hope: Strengthening Marriage & the Family today

Stephen Conway

Retrouvaille, South Africa

Panellist - Coping with Crises and Hurt in Marriage

Fr. Seán Corkery

Workshop Speaker - YOUCAT As a Resource of New Evangelization – To Rekindle Faith

Dr. Jeremy Corley

Lecturer in Sacred Scripture, Pontifical College, Maynooth, Ireland

Panellist - The Importance of Belonging; Exploring Contemporary Interest in Genealogy

Antonio Crespo

ELDE, Meeting Point and the Plataforma San Calisto, Spain

Panellist - The Logic of Complementarity: Why Mothers and Fathers Matter in Amoris Laetitia

Rosa & Lauro Cueto

Couples for Christ, Philippines and Northern Ireland

Major Panel Panellists - Looking to Jesus: Presenting Commitment to Marriage as a Path to Joy Today

H. E. Cardinal Blase Cupich

Archbishop of Chicago, USA

Major Panel Moderator - The Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: Finding New Language for Ancient Truths.

Fr. Michael Czerny

Under-Secretary, Dicastery for Integral Human Development

Panel Moderator - Nowhere to Lay his Head: A Christian Response to Migrants and Refugees

Dr. Elizabeth Davies

Marriage Care, England

Panellist - Personal Formation for Marriage Counselling and Facilitation:  Lay Leadership in the post-Millennial Age.

Francesca and Filippio De Carlo

Mistero Grande, Italy

Panellists - Marriage, the Family and the Search for Christian Unity

Mia DeFaoite LLM

Panellist - Human Trafficking: “An open wound on the body of contemporary society” (Pope Francis)

Julia Dezelski

Assistant Director for Marriage and Family, Laity at USCCB, USA

Panellist - Love made Fruitful: Amoris Laetitia on Cherishing the Gift of New Life

Mena Doherty

EROC, Ballaghederreen, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Panellist - Nowhere to Lay his Head: A Christian Response to Migrants and Refugees

Paddy Doherty

ACCORD

Panel Presenter - The Lifeblood of any Relationship is Communication

Caroline Dollard

Marriage & Life Advisor, Catholics Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Panel Moderator - Marriage Preparation and the Parish in the Light of Amoris Laetitia

Fr. Seán Donohoe OFM

Co-Director of Capuchin Day Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Panellist - No Room at the Inn: A Christian Response to Homelessness

Barbara Duff

ACCORD, Ireland

Major Panel Panellist - The Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: Finding New Language for Ancient Truths

Prof. Gabriel Dy-Liacco

Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Philippines 

Major Panel Panellist - Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Daniel & Shelley Ee

Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Singapore

Major Panel Panellist - When Plates Fly: Pope Francis on the Reality of Love in Family Life

Dr.  Michael Egan

Irish Family History Association, Ireland

Panellist - The Importance of Belonging; Exploring Contemporary Interest in Genealogy

Mounir Farag

Founder and Director of Saint Joseph Institute in Egypt and Middle East 

Panellist - Why Get Married in Church? Presenting Sacramental Marriage as a Path to Joy

Bishop Brian Farrell

Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Panel Moderator - Marriage, the Family and the Search for Christian Unity

H.E. Cardinal Kevin Farrell

Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Main Celebrant and Homilist - The Family: Hope for the Church and for the World.

Valentine Fievet 

Vice-Chairperson of the Supervisory Board at Unibel, S.A.

Major Panel Panellist - The Vocation of the Business Leader: A Family Business Perspective

Fiona Finnan

Deputy Executive Director, Trócaire, Ireland

Panellist - Faith, Family and Development: The Witness of Women in Leadership. 

Olive Foley

Widow of Anthony Foley, Munster Rugby, Ireland

Panellist - Celebrating Family and Sport

Nadia and Tony Fraga

Truro Anglican Church, USA

Panellists - Marriage, the Family and the Search for Christian Unity

Michaela Freifrau von Heereman

Workshop Speaker - When little philosophers ask big questions 
Workshop Speaker - To Start Anew – World Premiere of the Children’s and Parents' Catechism YOUCAT for Kids

Anna and Alberto Friso

Focolare Movement, Italy

Major Panel Panellists - And the Greatest is Love: Pope Francis on 1 Cor 13 

Colette Furlong

Diocese of Elphin, Ireland 

Panellist - Celebrating the Lord’s Day as Family

Gerard Gallagher​

Office of Evangelization and Ecumenism, Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland

Panellist - Vocational Discernment and the Family: Preparing for the Youth Synod, 2018.

Gabriella Gambino

Under-secretary, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Major Panel Moderator - Dancing to the Future with Hope: Strengthening Marriage & the Family Today.

Christina Gangemi

The Kairos Forum, UK

Panellist - Families and Parish; Supporting Families with Special Needs

Michael Gannon

Marketing Team Member, World Meeting of Families, Ireland

Panellist - Families and Parish; Supporting Families with Special Needs

Susan Gately B.C.L

Journalist, Focolare New Families, Ireland

Panellist - Why Get Married in Church? Presenting Sacramental Marriage as a Path to Joy

Bishop Lionel Gendron

Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Canada

Panellist - Personal Formation for Marriage Counselling and Facilitation:  Lay Leadership in the post-Millennial Age.

Linda Ghisoni

Under-secretary, Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Major Panel Moderator - And the greatest is love: Pope Francis on 1 Cor 13

Mons. Paolo Giulietti

Auxiliary Bishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, Italy

Panel Moderator - Vocational Discernment and the Family: Preparing for the Youth Synod, 2018

Dr. Lorna Gold

Trócaire, Ireland

Panellist - Care for our Common Home: Why the Family Matters to the Future of our Planet

Dr Mary Goss

ACCORD

Panellist - Breaking the Silence: Dealing with Domestic Violence

Claire & John Grabowski

USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family & Youth, USA

Panellist - The Logic of Complementarity: Why Mothers and Fathers Matter in Amoris Laetitia

Wendy Grace

Managing Director at Compass Communications, Ireland

Panel Moderator - The Family that Prays Together: Finding Time for Prayer in a Digital Age

H.E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias

Archbishop of Bombay, India

Main Celebrant and Homilist - The Church as a Family of Families.

Fr. Jose Granados

Vice-President of the Pontifical Council of St. John Paul II, Spain

Panellist - Why Get Married in Church? Presenting Sacramental Marriage as a Path to Joy

Dr. Gordian Gudenus

Partner and Director of Bank Gutmann Ag, Vienna, Austria

Major Panel Panellist - The Vocation of the Business Leader: A Family Business Perspective

Geraldine Halligan

ACCORD, Ireland

Panellist - Dancing to the Future with Hope: Strengthening Marriage & the Family today. 

Lisa and Brian Harmon

Cana, Ireland

Panellist - The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Today

Mickey Harte

Manager of Tyrone Gaelic Football Team, Ireland (North)

Panellist - Pope Francis on the Vocation of Fatherhood.

Br Richard Hendrick OFM

Cap, Ards Friary and Retreat Centre, Donegal, Ireland

Panellist - The Family that Prays Together: Finding Time for Prayer in a Digital Age

Conor Hickey

CEO of Crosscare, Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland

Panellist - No Room at the Inn: A Christian Response to Homelessness

Rose Hickman

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

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

Aileen Hicks

ACCORD, Ireland

Workshop Speaker - Supporting Newly-Married Couples in the Parish. 

Baroness Sheila Hollins

Former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, England

Major Panel Panellist - Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Sallyann and Torbjonn Huss

Retrouvaille, Ireland

Panellists - Coping with Crises and Hurt in Marriage

Kevin Hyland OBE

Santa Marta initiative and former head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Human Trafficking Unit

Headline Speaker - Human Trafficking: “An open wound on the body of contemporary society” (Pope Francis)

The Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson

Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough, Primate of Ireland and Metropolitan

Major Panel Panellist - In light of the Word: Celebrating Family in the Judeo-Christian Tradition

Mary Johnson

ACCORD, Ireland

Panellist - Coping with Crises and Hurt in Marriage.

Matthias Jungermann

Workshop Speaker - Living Your Faith Out Loud
Workshop Speaker - Living Your Love Out Loud

Julie Kavanagh

Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Ireland

Panellist - Handing on the Faith in the Home Today

Tim Kearney

L’Arche Community, International

Panel Moderator - Families and Parish; Supporting Families with Special Needs

Patrick E Kelly

Deputy Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, USA

Panellist - Pope Francis on the Vocation of Fatherhood.

Terry Kelly

ACCORD

Workshop Speaker - Keepings your W.I.T.S in Marriage and Family Life Today

Teresa Kettlekamp

Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors, USA

Panellist - Dignity and Safety in a Digital Age: Facing a New Challenge for Families

Rev Père Philippe Kinkpon

Major Panel Panellist - Dancing to the Future with Hope: Strengthening Marriage & the Family today

Dr. Michael Kinsella

National Director, Aid to the Church in Need, Ireland

Panellist - The Family as an Agent of Peace in a Turbulent World. 

Prof. Ray Kinsella

Economist, Ireland

Panellist - The Family: A Resource for Society

Monika Kowalczyk

Polish Encounter of Married Couples, Ireland

Panellist - Who is Doing the Dishes: Pope Francis on the Little Things that Matter in Family Life.

H.E. Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix

Archbishop of Quebec, Canada

Major Panel Moderator - Looking to Jesus: Presenting Commitment to Marriage as a Path to Joy Today.

Rosemary Lavelle

Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland

Panellist - Celebrating the Lord’s Day as Family

Bishop Brendan Leahy

Diocese of Limerick, Ireland

Panel Moderator - Handing on the Faith in the Home Today

Workshop Speaker - To Start Anew – World Premiere of the Children’s and Parents' Catechism YOUCAT for Kids

Rabbi Zalman S. Lent

Chief Rabbi, Dublin Hebrew Congregation & Chabad-Lubavitch of Ireland

Panellist - In Light of the Word: Celebrating Family in the Judeo-Christian Tradition.

Dr. Thomas and Matthew Lickona

Developmental Psychologist and his son, State University of New York, USA

Panellists - Dignity and Safety in a Digital Age: Facing a New Challenge for Families

Kate Liffey

National Director for Catechetics, Irish Bishops Conference

Panel Moderator - The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Today

Brett Lockhart QC

Barrister, Ireland (North)

Panellist - Love made Fruitful: Amoris Laetitia on Cherishing the Gift of New Life

Archbishop Bernard Longley

Archdiocese of Birmingham

Panel Moderator - The Logic of Complementarity: Why Mothers and Fathers Matter in Amoris Laetitia

Rev Mark Madden

Archdiocese of Liverpool, UK

Panellist - Nowhere to Lay his Head: A Christian Response to Migrants and Refugees

Leon Botolo Magoza

Democratic Republic of Congo

Major Panel Panellist - When Plates Fly: Pope Francis on the Reality of Love in Family Life

Gerry Mangan

Teams of Our Lady, Ireland

Major Panel Panellist - Dancing to the Future with Hope: Strengthening Marriage & the Family today. 

Sr. Micheline Mansour

Lebanon

Workshop Speaker - DOCAT and the Social Doctrine – The Faith of Changing the World
Workshop Speaker - DOCAT and the Social Doctrine – How to build a civilization of love?​
Workshop Speaker - YOUCAT As a Resource of New Evangelization – To Rekindle Faith

Ann Mara

Panellist - Human Trafficking: “An open wound on the body of contemporary society” (Pope Francis)

H.E. Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriquez Maradiaga

Archbishop of Honduras 

Workshop Speaker - Pope Francis on the Revolution of Tenderness.

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

Panel Moderator - Love made Fruitful: Amoris Laetitia on Cherishing the Gift of New Life

Fr James Martin S.J.

Editor-at-large, Jesuit Magazine America

Workshop Speaker - Showing welcome and respect in our Parishes for ‘LGBT’ People and their Families

Jose De Jesus Magana Martinez

Major Panel Panellist - The Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: Finding New Language for Ancient Truths

Salvatore Martinez

President of the Rinnovamento nello Spirito Santo, Italy

Panellist - Celebrating the Lord’s Day as Family

Máirín McDonagh

APT

Panellist - Human Trafficking: “An open wound on the body of contemporary society” (Pope Francis)

Breda McDonald

ACCORD

Workshop Speaker - Supporting Newly-Married Couples in the Parish. 

Fr. Michael McGinnity

Family Ministry Director, Diocese of Down & Connor, Ireland (North)

Panel Moderator - Why Get Married in Church? Presenting Sacramental Marriage as a Path to Joy

Fr. Conor McGrath

Workshop Speaker - Living Your Faith Out Loud
Workshop Speaker - Living Your Love Out Loud
Workshop Speaker - DOCAT and the Social Doctrine – How to Build a Civilisation of Love?

Bishop Alan McGuckian

Diocese of Raphoe, Ireland 

Panel Moderator - Pope Francis on the Vocation of Fatherhood.

Anna May McHugh

Managing Director, National Ploughing Championships, Ireland

Panel Moderator - Handing on the Faith between the Generations: The Role of Grandparents

Bishop Donal McKeown

Bishop of Derry and Chair of the Irish National Conference of Diocesan Youth Directors.

Catechist: Families of Faith; and the importance of saying ‘Please’

Paula & Joseph McKeown

Diocese of Down and Connor, Ireland (North)

Panellists - Handing on the Faith in the Home Today

Workshop Speaker - YOUCAT As a Resource of New Evangelization – To Rekindle Faith|
Workshop Speaker - DOCAT and the Social Doctrine – How to Build a Civilisation of Love?

Danielle McLaughlin

Crosscare, Ireland

Panellist - Dignity and Safety in a Digital Age: Facing a New Challenge for Families

Dr. Lynette and Bosco McShane

Síolta, Ireland

Major Panel Panellist - The Dignity and Beauty of Sexual Love: Finding New Language for Ancient Truths

Dr. Monica McWilliams

Academic and Former Politician, Ireland (North)

Panellist - Breaking the Silence: Dealing with Domestic Violence
Panellist - The Family as an Agent of Peace in a Turbulent World

Éamonn Meehan

Executive Director, Trócaire, Ireland

Panellist - Care for our Common Home: Why the Family Matters to the Future of our Planet

Marie Gabrielle & Emmanuel Ménager

TOBEC, France

Panellists - The Logic of Complementarity: Why Mothers and Fathers Matter in Amoris Laetitia

Paul Metzlaff

National Office for Youth Pastoral Care, Germany

Panellist - Vocational Discernment and the Family: Preparing for the Youth Synod, 2018

Bernhard Meuser 

CEO YOUCAT

Workshop Speaker - YOUCAT As a Resource of New Evangelization – To Rekindle Faith

Bishop Fintan Monahan

Bishop of the Diocese of Killaloe

Catechist: Hope and Happiness; the fruits of ‘Thank you’

Francis Monahan

ACCORD, Ireland

Panellist - The Family that Prays Together: Finding Time for Prayer in a Digital Age. 

Julieann Moran

World Missions, Irlande

Panellist - The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Today

Vivian and Douglas Moser

The Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt, Spain

Panellist - Why Get Married in Church? Presenting Sacramental Marriage as a Path to Joy

Jestina Mukoko

Human rights activist and director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, Zimbabwe

Panellist - Faith, Family and Development: The Witness of Women in Leadership. 

Gemma Mulligan 

Diocese of Ossory, Ireland

Panellist - Celebrating the Lord’s Day as Family

Fr. Philip Mulryne

Dominican Friar and Former Manchester United Player, Ireland

Panel Moderator - Celebrating Family and Sport

Carsterns Mulume

Director of Social Development, Episcopal Conference of Malawi

Panellist - Care for our Common Home: Why the Family Matters to the Future of our Planet

Archpriest Mikhail Nasonov

Rector of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchal Monastery of the Church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Dublin

Major Panel Panellist - In light of the Word: Celebrating Family in the Judeo-Christian Tradition 

H.E. Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Archbishop of Westminster, England

Keynote Speaker - Support and Preparation for Marriage in the Light of Amoris Laetitia.

Margaret Norman

ACCORD

Panel Presenter - The Lifeblood of any Relationship is Communication

Bishop Denis Nulty

Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Ireland 

Panel Moderator - Relationship and Sexuality Education in the Light of Amoris Laetitia

Breda O’Brien

Journalist & Teacher, Ireland

Panellist - The Family: A Resource for Society

Major Panel Panellist - Dancing to the Future with Hope: Strengthening Marriage & the Family today

Máire and Bill O’Brien

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Panellists - Who is Doing the Dishes: Pope Francis on the Little Things that Matter in Family Life.

Peter O’Brien

Parent of Special Olympics athlete, Ireland

Panellist - Pope Francis on the Vocation of Fatherhood.

Sarah and Declan O’Brien

Focolare Movement, Ireland

Panellist - Handing on the Faith between the Generations: The Role of Grandparents

Prof. Seamus O’Connell

Professor of Sacred Scripture, Maynooth, Ireland

Panellist - Real Reading for Real Families; Lectio Divina in Home and Parish

Workshop Facilitator - Homecoming Reading; Unlocking the Hope and Healing of the Scriptures

Ronan O'Gara

Former Irish International Rugby player, Ireland

Panellist - Celebrating Family and Sport

Jerônimo Lauricio de Souza Oliveira

Workshop Speaker - YOUCAT – As a Tool for the New Evangelisation 
Workshop Speaker - Living Your Faith Out Loud
Workshop Speaker - Living Your Love Out Loud

Aidan O’Mahony

Five time All-Ireland winning Kerry GAA player, Ireland

Panellist - Celebrating Family and Sport

H.E. Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap.

Archbishop of Boston, USA

Major Panel Moderator - Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.

Sally O’Neill

Human Rights Defender, Honduras 

Panellist - Faith, Family and Development: The Witness of Women in Leadership

Deirdre O’Rawe

Director of ACCORD, Ireland (North)

Panel Moderator - Coping with Crises and Hurt in Marriage

Fr. James O'Reilly

Workshop Speaker - Living Your Faith Out Loud
Workshop Speaker - Living Your Love Out Loud

Carlos Compoy Osset

Diocese of Toledo, Spain 

Panellist - Coping with Crises and Hurt in Marriage

JP O’Sullivan

MECPATHS

Panellist - Human Trafficking: “An open wound on the body of contemporary society” (Pope Francis)

Fr Leo Patalinghug

Priest, Chef & Author, USA

Workshop Speaker - Spicing Up Our Married Life: Satisfying Couples Hunger for True Love
Workshop Speaker - Grace Before Meals: Recipes to Strengthen Family Life.
Workshop Speaker - Plateing Grace for the Human Family
Workshop Speaker - How to Get your Family to Heaven!

Santiago Peralta

Co-founder of Pacari Chocolate, Ecuador

Major Panel Panellist - The Vocation of the Business Leader: A Family Business Perspective

Jose Luis Mendoza Perez

President of San Antonio Catholic University, Spain

Panellist - The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Today

Ludmila Alvim Gomes Pinho

Brazil

Workshop Speaker - YOUCAT – As a Tool for the New Evangelisation
Workshop Speaker - YOUCAT As a Resource of New Evangelization – To Rekindle Faith

Mavis & Prof Ron Pirola

Parish and Marriage Resource Centre, Australia

Major Panel Panellists - Looking to Jesus: Presenting Commitment to Marriage as a Path to Joy Today

Rev. Dr. Michel Remery

Author of ‘Tweeting with God’, Diocese of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Panellist - Vocational Discernment and the Family: Preparing for the Youth Synod, 2018. 

Antoine Renard

European Federation of Catholic Family Associations, France 

Panellist - Promoting the Gospel of the Family: The Role of Family Associations Today

Bob Rice

Workshop Speaker - Living Your Faith Out Loud
Workshop Speaker - Living Your Love Out Loud

Dr. Jessie Rogers

Faculty of Theology, Maynooth

Panellist - Real Reading for Real Families; Lectio Divina in Home and Parish

Workshop Facilitator - ​Homecoming Reading; Unlocking the Hope and Healing of the Scriptures

Dr. Maria Rossi

UN Representative, Giovanni XXIII Community (APG23)

Panel Moderator - No Room at the Inn: A Christian Response to Homelessness

Caterina and Angelo Russo

Pastoral Care Team, Diocese of Naples, Italy

Panellist - Handing on the Faith between the Generations: The Role of Grandparents

Mary Ryan

APT

Panellist - Human Trafficking: “An open wound on the body of contemporary society” (Pope Francis)

Sr Mary Ryan (MECPATH)

Santa Marta initiative

Panel Facilitator - The reality of Human Trafficking: a tragedy for families and society

Dr Salvador Ryan

Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Faculty of Theology, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

Workshop Speaker - Domestic Devotion: A History of Visual Piety and Religious Practice in the Family Home.

Prof. Maria & Gianni Salerno

New Families Movement, Focolare Movement, Italy

Panellist - The Joys and Challenges of Parenting Today

Michael Scharf

Workshop Speaker - When little philosophers ask big questions 

Cristina Lopez Schlichting

COPE, Spain

Panellist - The Family that Prays Together: Finding Time for Prayer in a Digital Age

H.E. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

Archbishop of Vienna, Austria

Major Panel Moderator - In light of the Word: celebrating family in the Judeao-Christian Tradition.

Workshop Speaker - To Start Anew – World Premiere of the Children’s and Parents' Catechism YOUCAT for Kids

Dr Ingeborg and Richard Sickinger

The Apostolic Movement of Schoenstatt, Austria

Panellist - Who is Doing the Dishes: Pope Francis on the Little Things that Matter in Family Life.

Msgr. Carlos Simon

Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Panel Moderator - Promoting the Gospel of the Family: The Role of Family Associations Today

Maruska and Eugene Smith

CANA, Ireland

Major Panel Panellist - When Plates Fly: Pope Francis on the Reality of Love in Family Life

Ignacio Socias

Director General of The International Institute for Family Research, Spain 

Panellist - Breaking the Silence: Dealing with Domestic Violence

Marie Valentine Kisanga Sosawe

Democratic Republic of Congo

Major Panel Panellist - When Plates Fly: Pope Francis on the Reality of Love in Family Life

Prof John Sweeney

Climatologist, Maynooth University

Panellist - Care for our Common Home: Why the Family Matters to the Future of our Planet

Szymon Szylko

Polish Encounter of Married Couples, Ireland

Panellist - Who is Doing the Dishes: Pope Francis on the Little Things that Matter in Family Life.

H.E. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle

Archbishop of Manila, Philippines.

Workshop Speaker - Choose life: Pope Francis on the ‘throw-away’ culture
Workshop Speaker - YOUCAT As a Resource of New Evangelization – To Rekindle Faith

Valérie and Privat Ternynck

Mother of Misercordia Association, France

Panellists - Relationship and Sexuality Education in the Light of Amoris Laetitia

Colin Thompson

Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland 

Panellist - Celebrating the Lord’s Day as Family

Barbara Thorp

Social Worker, Former Head of The Office for Pastoral Support and Child Protection, Archdiocese of Boston, USA

Major Panel Panellist - Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Sister Bridget Tighe

Executive Director, Caritas Jerusalem 

Panellist - Faith, Family and Development: The Witness of Women in Leadership. 

Bishop Paul Tighe

Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture

Panellist - Celebrating Famly and Sport

H.E. Cardinal Joseph Tobin

Archbishop of Newark, USA

Major Panel Moderator - When Plates Fly: Pope Francis on the Reality of Love in Family Life.

H.E. Cardinal Peter Turkson

Prefect of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development

Major Panel Moderator - The Vocation of the Business Leader: A Family Business Perspective.

Veronica and Jose Luis Villasẽnor

El camino de Emaús Retreats for Families, Mexico

Major Panel Panellists - Looking to Jesus: Presenting Commitment to Marriage as a Path to Joy Today

Mrs Fran Watson

Marriage Care, England

Panellist - Personal Formation for Marriage Counselling and Facilitation:  Lay Leadership in the post-Millennial Age.

Dr. Helen Watt

Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK

Panellist - Love made Fruitful: Amoris Laetitia on Cherishing the Gift of New Life

Fr. Christoph Weiss

Austria

Workshop Speaker - When little philosophers ask big questions
Workshop Speaker - YOUCAT As a Resource of New Evangelization – To Rekindle Faith

Catherine Wiley

Catholic Grandparents Association

Panellist - Handing on the Faith between the Generations: The Role of Grandparents

Isaac Withers

Representative of Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales at Synod 2018

Panellist - Vocational Discernment and the Family: Preparing for the Youth Synod, 2018

Dr. Carolyn Woo

(Retired) CEO and President, Catholic Relief Services

Panel Moderator - Faith, Family and Development: The Witness of Women in Leadership

H.E. Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Archbishop of Washington, United States of America

Keynote Speaker - The Welfare of the Family is Decisive for the Future of the World.

Prof. Stefano & Vera Zamagni

Professor of Economic History, University of Bologna, Italy

Panellist - The Family: A Resource for Society

H.E. Cardinal Mario Zenari

Apostolic Nuncio to Syria

Keynote Speaker - The family as a Key to Peace in a Turbulent World.

More information to follow as speakers and workshop languages are confirmed.