Session 2 Panel Principal 2 (b)

Danser vers l'avenir avec espoir : Renforcer le mariage et la famille aujourd'hui. 

11:30 – 12:30    Panel Principal 2 (b): Danser vers l'avenir avec espoir : Renforcer le mariage et la famille aujourd'hui. 
(Salle 8A) – AN 🎧 ES, IT, FR 

Animateur: Gabriella Gambino, Sous-Secrétaire, Dicastère pour les laïcs, la famille et la vie.

Intervenants :
•    Geraldine Halligan, ACCORD, Irlande Text available for download - Click here.
•    Breda O’Brien et Brendan Conroy, Témoignage De Couples, Irlande  Text available for download - Click here.
•    Gerry Mangan, Teams of Our Lady, Irlande Text available for download - Click here.
•    P. Bernadino Giordano  Text available for download ENGLISH AND ITALIAN - Click here.

“La danse qui fait avancer grâce à cet amour jeune, la danse avec ces yeux émerveillés vers l’espérance, ne doit pas s’arrêter. Au cours des fiançailles et des premières années de mariage, l’espérance est ce qui donne la force du levain, ce qui fait regarder au-delà des contradictions, des conflits, des conjonctures, ce qui fait toujours voir plus loin” (AL, 219).  Cette table ronde met en avant l’espérance qui imprègne la relation des jeunes couples mariés et traite des facons différentes dont cette relation peut etre renforcée.


Gabriella Gambino, Sous-Secrétaire, Dicastère pour les laïcs, la famille et la vie.

Gabriella Gambino est mariée et mère de 5 enfants.  Nommée Sous-Secrétaire de la Section Vie du Dicastère pour les Laïcs, la Famille et la Vie par le Pape François, Gabriella Gambino est Professeur chargé de cours de bioéthique et de biodroit à l’Institut Théologique Pontifical “Jean-Paul II” pour les Sciences du Mariage et de la Famille de Rome. Auteur de nombreuses publications (monographies, directions de publication et essais), depuis plus de 20 ans, elle s’occupe des thèmes de la vie, du mariage et de la famille.   

Geraldine Hallahan O’Brien, ACCORD, Irlande

Geraldine Hallahan O’Brien BADipCouns/Psych was born in Dublin in 1952, one of a family of nine brothers and sisters. A qualified psychotherapist who works in private practice, she is a member of IACP (the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and is a Therapist and Supervisor. She married to Eugene in 1975, and they have two grown up children who are both married. They are blessed with five healthy grandchildren aged from 5 years old to 4 months who live close by. Geraldine has been involved for many years with Accord, the Catholic Marriage Care Service to facilitate and provide preparation courses for couples choosing the Sacrament of marriage.   

Breda O’Brien et Brendan Conroy, Témoignage De Couples, Irlande

Breda O’Brien is a columnist with the Irish Times newspaper, a second-level teacher, and also writes regularly for the Irish Catholic.  She is a frequent contributor to media debates on social and ethical issues. She is married to Brendan Conroy and they have four children.  Breda has previously worked as a video producer, as a researcher in RTE (the Irish National Broadcasting Service) and as a communications trainer. She is a patron of the Iona Institute. In recent times she edited and contributed to the book, ‘Amoris Laetitia – Opening the Pope’s Love Letter to Families.’ 
Brendan Conroy is a home educator and composer of liturgical music particularly for use in the context of Family Masses and parish prayer liturgies. He is married to Breda O'Brien and they have four children of various ages, aptitudes and appellations. He has been involved in youth and parish ministry for over 35 years at both parish and Diocesan level. He has worked as a weekly columnist for the Irish Catholic newspaper, writing on both media and family issues. He is a passionate believer in the cathechetical  possibilities of music and song, but he is dubious about the role that tone deafness plays in the non-participation of some members of Irish congregations in enthusiastic and prayerful liturgical singing!

Gerry Mangan, Teams of Our Lady, Irlande

Gerry Mangan began his career as a secondary school teacher. He subsequently moved to the Civil Service from which he is now retired. His responsibilities during his civil service career included policy on families, social security for migrant workers, social inclusion and pensions. He regularly represented Ireland on these policies internationally. He has been active as a volunteer in a number of  Church-related bodies, most notably Teams of Our Lady, St. Vincent de Paul Society, his local Parish Council and the Irish Bishops Council  for Marriage and the Family. He has a Master’s degree in leadership and pastoral care based on which he has had a number of articles published  in journals mainly on passing on the faith in families, and on other pastoral issues.  He is married to Grace. They have been blessed with children and grandchildren. 

Fr Bernardino Giordano, Italie 


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