Maynooth College Reflects on COVID-19 21st January 2021


January 21st


11:00am - 17:00pm


Via Zoom

Conference - Maynooth College Reflects on COVID-19 Thursday 21st January 2021 (11am-5pm) Via Zoom.

Click here to register for this free conference on Eventbrite and the Zoom link will be forwarded to you closer to the date.

Since last March, we have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Only in recent weeks has news of a vaccine brought light at the end of the tunnel. While there has been endless media coverage of the medical and economic implications of the pandemic, religious issues have seldom been to the fore. Where is God in this pandemic? Can we draw meaning out of the long months of suffering? What can church communities do to survive and even prosper in times of restriction? Finally, what will be the lasting effects on church life?

Join this free online conference, where theologians and philosophers from St Patrick’s College will offer their thought-provoking perspectives on these issues. Following the See-Judge-Act method, the conference will have three 90-minute sessions. You are welcome to attend as much or as little of the day as you wish.

to sign up for this conference please register with Eventbrite and the Zoom link will be forwarded to you closer to the date EVENTBRITE TICKETS

Planned programme for the day conference on Thursday 21st January 2021:

SEEING (11.00-12.30pm)

10.50am: Neil Xavier O’Donoghue, welcome from Zoommaster

11.00am: Anne Codd, ‘A Parish Journey Into, Through, and Beyond Pandemic’

11.30am: Michael Shortall, ‘Grief Observed when Mourning is Restricted’

12noon: Salvador Ryan, ‘The Final Rupture? COVID-19 and Popular Religious Practice’

DISCERNING (1.45-3.15pm)

1.45pm: Jessie Rogers, ‘Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land’

2.15pm: Gaven Kerr, ‘God and the Problem of Suffering’

2.45pm: Jeremy Corley, ‘Exile & Sabbath as Scriptural Models for a Time of Pandemic’

ACTING (3.30-5.00pm)

3.30pm: John-Paul Sheridan, ‘COVID-19 and the Spiritual Lives of Children’

4.00pm: Pádraig Corkery, ‘Catholic Social Teaching and COVID-19’

4.30pm: Philip Gonzales, ‘The Foolishness of the Daily in Light of COVID-19’

Advance notice:

In spring 2021, Messenger Press are publishing a volume of sixteen reflections, entitled Maynooth College Reflects on COVID-19. The volume will offer a variety of reflections from the perspectives of theology, scripture, philosophy, ethics, liturgy, pastoral, and canon law. The aim of the volume is to assist anyone searching for spirituality during these difficult times.


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