A Christian Witness Seminar

Saturday 21-Sunday 22, October 2018

This two-day residential seminar for women aims to inspire and give you encouragement to live the Catholic faith today.


€165; €145 (Before 1 September)
Students:  €80; €65 (Before 1 September)


You can book on-line HERE

For further information contact Marta Prados
086 0639906
or Anne at the Lismullin Office (01) 676 0731.

In this era of virtual connectedness, there is an ever greater need for authentic connection and meaningful conversation. Conversing with another is meeting another’s world, thoughts, convictions and emotions. It is to share the same space: to give and to take, to listen and to speak.

Conversations can have a profound impact on one’s life. They can awaken the desire to look for the truth, the good and the beautiful and to possess it.

In this seminar, we will explore the power of meaningful conversation; the challenges that militate against it and ways to courageously nurture the art of authentic connection.

What does the seminar consist of?

As well as stimulating talks you will have time to exchange ideas and experiences with other participants who, like you, want to integrate their faith into their professional, social and family lives.

During the seminar, there will be time to learn more about activities and projects in which members and cooperators of Opus Dei are involved.  These actitivities aim to serve society.  They find their inspiration in Christian values.

Saturday, 20 October
Registration; coffee
Getting along with People Who Disagree with You: Continue the Conversation
Leah Lebresco
Q&A with Leah Lebresco
The Role of Literature and the Arts in inspiring Thought and Conversation
Sally Read and Leah Lebresco
Guided Prayer
My Journey to the Catholic Faith
Sally Read
Film: Q&A with St Josemaría
Sunday, 21 October
8.30 Guided Prayer
9.00 Mass
9.45 Breakfast
10.30 Why Should I listen to You? The importance of Aunthenticity in Conversation
Sally Read
12.15 Why I became a Catholic
1.15 Dinner

SALLY READ is a convert, and the story of her nine month journey from atheism to Catholicism, Night’s Bright Darkness, is available from Ignatius Press. She is the author of three books of poetry, all published by Bloodaxe Books. Her work has been widely anthologized and can be  heard at the UK’s Poetry Archive. Sally is a contributor to Magnificat (UK edition) and writer in residence at the Hermitage of the Three Holy Hierarchs. She also collaborates with composer of sacred music, Paul Flynn, and is a fellow of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City Universty, UK. Sally originally trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse in London. She is married with a daughter and lives in Santa Marinella near Rome.

LEAH LIBRESCO grew up as an atheist. When she went to college, she picked a fight with the most interesting wrong people she could find at Yale: the Catholics. After a lot of reading, arguing, and writing, she wound up changing her own mind and converting. Her first book, Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers that Even I Can Answer explains her conversion, and the challenge of learning faith as a foreign language. She has worked as a policy researcher, a reporter for FiveThirtyEight, and a rationality instructor. Her writing has appeared in Commonweal, First Things, and The American Interest.