The Association of Catholics in Ireland will host an open information event on the theme: ‘Helping the Church to become self-critical: Why the laity are best equipped for this role,’ on Saturday 6 December, 10.30 am-1.30 pm at Shalom House, 12 Cliftonville Road, Belfast. The event is free and everyone is welcome, and there will be tea and coffee on arrival.
ACI describes itself as ‘an organisation working from within the Irish Catholic Church promoting a Reform and Renewal Agenda. The ACI supports inclusivity and welcomes the diversity of membership which is a characteristic and strength of the Association.’
The guest speakers are Dr Kevin Egan (All Hallows) and Noel McCann (Chairman ACI). The questions to be addressed include:
- What might a self-critical church look like?
- Why are the laity best equipped for this role?
- How might the church become a learning community?
- What do you consider to be the most serious problems facing the church at this time?
- How would you know if you were being treated as an adult in the church?
- What are the pitfalls in helping the church to become critically reflective?
- Who models a critically reflective stance for you?
Noel is involved with members of the Howth Parish Reform and Renewal Group and other parishioners in supporting a range of parish activities and serves as a Minister of the Word. He was a member of the first Howth Parish Pastoral Council for four years. He worked on the Committee established to organise the landmark ACP (Association of Catholic Priests) ‘Towards and an Assembly of the Irish Church’ event in May 2012.
Noel will speak on, the history, vision, aims and objectives of the Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI).
Kevin Egan D.Min
Kevin is a member of ACI and has lectured at All Hallows College for many years in psychology and pastoral theology. He is the author of Remaining a Catholic after the Murphy Report (Dublin: Columba Press 2011).
He delivered a lecture at the International Eucharistic Congress entitled Remaining a Catholic and has contributed articles to Doctrine & Life, The Furrow and The Tablet. He is also regularly invited to speak on the problems confronting the church in the 21st Century – particularly at gatherings of the baptised lay faithful.
Kevin will speak on, ‘Helping the Church to become self-critical: Why the laity are best equipped for this role’.
Shalom House is at the bottom end of the Cliftonville Road, very close to the junction with the Antrim Road.