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Pope Francis Fellow 2019 events
All are invited to attend a series of free public lectures as part of the 2019 Pope Francis Fellow event series. All events will be held at The Oratory, Newman College, 887 Swanston St, in Parkville, with the schedule as follows:
Thursday 21 March | 5pm – 6.30pm
Helder Camara Lecture ‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis evangelising in a world of flux ‘
With Dr Austen Ivereigh, (noted UK Catholic writer and biographer of Pope Francis) with a response by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez SDB of Honduras, Co-ordinator of Pope Francis’s C9 group for the Reform of the church.
Friday 22 March | 10am – 1pm
‘Francis – A voice crying out : Becoming a Humble, Listening and Learning Church.’
A seminar with input from Dr Austen Ivereigh, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez SDB and local theologians and bishops. A contribution to the forthcoming Plenary Council of the Church in Australia.
Wednesday 22 May | 5pm – 6.30pm
Helder Camara lecture and poetry reading From Darkness to Eastering: Searching for God in a time of fear
Dr Bonnie Thurston, Scripture scholar, Thomas Merton expert, spiritual director, poet and ecumenical figure.
Saturday 25 May | 10am – 3pm
Retreat Day: RAISING LAZARUS: Contemplative living and our inner journey from death to new life. Led by Dr Bonnie Thurston
Mid year 2019 (Dates to be confirmed soon)
Helder Camara lecture : ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me”:
Migrants and refugees in Pope Francis’s transformative vision of the church Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. Archbishop of Manila and President Caritas Internationalis.
September – October 2019
People Come First: A Parish Retreat Reflection Opportunity
Parishes of the Archdiocese of Melbourne are invited to register for a free retreat session (weeknights or weekends) conducted in their parishes on the pastoral theology of Pope Francis led by Br Mark O’Connor FMS.
All events are free, but registration is necessary.
contact Br Mark O'Connor,
for further information and to register your place.
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