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Faith and Life Convention 2015

The Faith and Life Convention is a forum for people to gather together and to take part in a range of conversations about the meaning of faith and its relevance to our everyday lives. We invite you to join us for our second Faith and Life Convention on Saturday 26th September 2015 in Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast beginning at 10am.
Perhaps the best part of the day is the pleasure of meeting up with a great crowd of committed people from all over the diocese and beyond!
At the inaugural Faith and Life Convention last September the well-known ‘Vaticanista’ John Allen Jr and the comprehensive range of workshops sparked a lot of interest and enthusiasm.
This year our Keynote Speaker will be Fr Brendan Comerford SJ.  A former Master of Novices Brendan has specialised in the study of Spirituality and lectures widely all over Ireland and across Europe. He is well known to groups in Down and Connor for his lectures on the Mystics which drew very appreciative audiences. Week on week the hosts found they had to put out extra chairs! He will speak to us on the theme: What hope for faith?
One change this year: In the afternoon each participant will have the opportunity to take part in two workshops from a range of twenty. The workshops fill up quickly so it’s best to book now! We look forward to seeing you in September.
Book Now To Register your Place
Investiture of Fr Joseph Gunn and Fr Joseph Rooney as Honorary Canons of the Co-Cathedral of Bobbio, Italy

Events are taking place this year to mark the historic fact that St Columbanus died 1400 years ago in Bobbio in 615AD.

On Saturday 29th August, the eve of the 18th annual celebration of St. Columban’s Day, within the setting of a prayer vigil held in the Co-Cathedral of Bobbio, in the presence of pilgrims from a number of countries throughout Europe as well as pilgrims from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, Father Joseph Gunn, Parish Priest of Bangor, and Father Joseph Rooney, Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Down and Connor, were invested as honorary Canons of the Co-Cathedral of Bobbio, by the Bishop of Piacenza-Bobbio, the Most Reverend Gianni Ambrosio.

Their investiture highlights the religious heritage shared by the people of both dioceses. It invites all Christians in Ireland and particularly in Bangor to rediscover the living tradition of Columbanus. It points to the religious, monastic and cultural significance of Columbanus, a figure who preceded both the schism between the Churches of East and West and the sixteenth century Reformation.

In a civic ceremony on Sunday 30th August, in the presence of mayors from towns associated with St Columbanus and the Ambassador of Ireland to the Holy See, Emma Madigan, Bishop Noel Treanor was conferred with the honorary citizenship of Bobbio by its Mayor, Roberto Pasquali.

Trócaire’s Statement on the European Migration Crisis

Trócaire calls for human rights to be respected and for key international humanitarian standards to apply in unprecedented European migration crisis. 

The full statement from Trocaire is available on the Down and Connor here

Pathways Adult Faith Development at Drumalis

An overview of the Pathways Adult Faith Development course at Drumalis, Larne, Northern Ireland.

Full information and contact details can be found here:
Down and Connor Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

A member of the Brancardier team, Dominic O'Reilly, provides his reflection and images on this year's Down and Connor Lourdes Pilgrimage.

For the full article please click here
Upcoming Events
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LIVING YOUTH – Faith & Life Convention 2015

Are you aged 16-21?

Why not register for the youth workshop and spend the day (Saturday 26th Sept) with other young adults, from across the Diocese at the Faith and Life Convention.

Find out more about your faith, discuss issues and join in the annual celebration of our faith.

The cost is £5 (includes lunch and refreshments) if you register through Living Youth.

For more detail or to register contact Claire at Living Youth, tel: 028 90 232 432 email:

World Youth Day 2016

Would you like to be part of World Youth Day 2016?
Will you be aged between 17-25 in summer 2016?

Living Youth are taking a group of young people to Poland, next summer, for 10 Days of amazing fun, faith, music, friendship, culture & Mass with the Pope! If you are interested please read the information below, fill in a Living Youth WYD Expression of Interest Form and return it to the Living Youth office.
University Students –The Catholic Chaplaincy @ Queen’s Belfast    

Re-opens on Monday 21st September 2015
Come and use the chaplaincy facilities (Corpus Christi Chapel, library, lounge and prayer room)

Trust Café –Opened from 9.30am -Free Tea & Coffee
Food served from 12noon to 2.15pm

The Dedication of Studies Mass will be on  Sunday 11th October 2015 at 8pm.
Please sign up with the Chaplaincy as part of the Online Enrolment Procedures 

E­mail:  Website 
Twitter: @CatholicChapQUB
The Catholic Chaplaincy, 28 Elmwood Avenue

Sunday Mass at 8pm starts 27th September 2015
 Daily Mass at 12.15pm (12.45 during exams) from 28th September 2015

Video Message from Bishop Noel Treanor

Bishop Noel Treanor sends his best wishes to all those starting or returning to education this year in this short video.

Click on the image above to watch.
Lough Derg Pilgrimage.

Kay Cunningham from Holy Rosary Parish experienced Lough Derg for the first time via the Living Church. Both her daughters Joanne and Louise were able to join in the pilgrimage.

“I couldn’t believe it when my daughter called to say she’d provisionally put our names down, as I’d come across my mummy’s old rosary beads a few days before, which  had a holy medal from Lough Derg on them.  It was like someone was trying to tell me to stop putting it off and just do it,” said Kay.

Kay describes her experience of Lough Derg in full on the Down and Connor website. Read here for the full article. 
Book Launch in the Parish of Cushendall

On Saturday 25th July, the parish of Cushendall launched a book to commemorate the centenary of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The book is available to order and buy through the parish Office.  Bishop Noel Treanor, Monsignor Ambrose Macaulay and Fr. Luke McWilliams (PP of Cushendall) are pictured with part of the team who put the book together.

Contact: or telephone 028 2177 1240

For more images from the launch please click here
Upcoming Events
SAVE THE DATE Faith and Life Convention 2015
Saturday 26th September 2015 at Our Lady and St Patrick’s College Knock. Book online here

National Eucharistic Congress

Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th September 2015. Visit the National Eucharistic Congress website
Life and Prayer Course
Monday 14th September to Monday 19th October 2015 at the Sacred Heart Parish Centre. Full information available here
The Annual Belfast Region Pioneer Mass
Wednesday 16h September in Good Shepherd Church  at 7.30pm

Lecture: Nero’s Neighbours – The Irish Domincans of San Clemente and their Archaeological

Thursday 17th September at 7.00pm, St. Patrick Centre Downpatrick. Full details here
Joy of the Gospel
19th September 9.30am to 4.00pm in St. Brigid’s Hall. Full details here

Cappella Caeciliana Concert

 20th September at 3.00pm. Church of  St. Teresa of Avila Full details here
A service of hope, healing and love
Sunday 13th September in Our Lady of Assumption Church, Newcastle.
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