Priesthood, Family and Mission

A SEMINAR FOR PRIESTS   Monday 6 – Wednesday 8, November 2017

This seminar brings together priests from Ireland and the United Kingdom to share ideas and experience on the re-evangelisation of society and culture and to encourage priestly fraternity. The seminar features a number of invited guests speaking on topics of current pastoral interest. The programme also includes time to take exercise, to relax and to pray.

How to book: Book on-line by clicking the Book Now icon on the right of the page and selecting 'Priests' Seminar', or telephone Anne at the Lismullin Office (T: 01 6760731). The fee for the seminar is €210.00.


12:30pm   Registration
1:15pm     Dinner
4:00pm     The Curé of Ars and the path of the priest today
                 Bishop Mark Davies
6:15pm     Tea
7:30pm     Some good news about Marriage
                 Neil and Maria Steen
10:30pm   Night Prayer

7.45am     Morning Prayer
8.00am     Meditation / Mass
9.20am     Breakfast
11.30am   Passion for Christ and passion for Christ’s people: The Priesthood of Fr Willie Doyle, S.J.
                 Patrick Kenny
1.15pm     Dinner
4.00pm     Rebuild my Church? Tentative thoughts on a year in Ireland
                 Fr William Dailey, C.S.C.
6.15pm     Tea
10.30pm   Night Prayer

7.45am     Morning Prayer
8.00am     Meditation / Mass
9.20am     Breakfast
11.30am   The World Meeting of Families: Providential pastoral opportunity
                 Bishop Denis Nulty
1.15pm     Dinner.
                Conclusion of Seminar

Bishop Mark Davies 2Bishop Mark Davies
In December 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Fr Mark Davies as the Coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury and on 1st October 2010 he succeeded Bishop Brian Noble as the 11th Bishop of Shrewsbury. Since becoming Bishop of the Diocese he has been appointed to the International Council for Catechesis which meets in Rome. He also serves on the National Safeguarding Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and on the Department for Public Affairs and Citizenship.


SteenNeil and Maria Steen
Neil and Maria Steen have been married for eleven years. They have four children. Maria is a commentator on social and moral issues and frequently participates in television and radio debates. She is a spokesperson for the Iona Institute and has recently commenced a column with The Irish Catholic. She practised as an architect and then as a barrister before deciding to home-school her children. She holds degrees in architecture from UCD and in law from the on. Society of Kings Inns. She is also a qualified Montessori teacher. Neil is a senior counsel and has degrees in law from Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University.

Pat KennyDr Patrick Kenny
Dr Patrick Kenny is senior lecturer in the College of Business at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is married with 4 daughters. He is the editor of To Raise the Fallen: A selection of the war letters, prayers and spiritual writings of Fr Willie Doyle SJ, published in July 2017 by Veritas. Fr Willie Doyle served heroically is army chaplain during the First World War and was killed at the Battle of Ypres on 16 August, 1917.



Rev W DalyFr. William Dailey C.S.C.
Fr William Dailey, C.S.C. earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and after teaching philosophy and working in administration at the University of Portland, he attended Columbia Law School. Father Dailey has served as a lecturer in law at the Notre Dame Law School since 2010, and as rector of Stanford Hall on the Notre Dame campus for three years. In June 2016 he came to Dublin as director of the newly established  Notre Dame–Newman Centre for Faith and Reason based at Blessed John Henry Newman’s University Church. The Centre aims to stimulate reflection on faith and reason and build a community of articulate young believers through liturgy, preaching and academic events.


Bishop NultyBishop Denis Nulty
A native of Slane, Bishop Denis Nulty was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Meath in 1988. He was appointed Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin by Pope Francis in 2013 and received episcopal ordination on 4 August 2013. He is President of ACCORD, a Member of the Episcopal Commission for Worship, Pastoral Renewal and Faith Development, a Member of the Council for Clergy, and a Member of the Council for Pastoral Renewal and Adult Faith Development. He recently posted a highly successful Diocesan Picnic Day in preparation for the upcoming World Meeting of Families