Sunday 23 August 

Here Comes Everyone!… Principles for prophetic community

Fr Ron Ronheiser omi

Writer, Lecturer, Community Builder, Specialist in Systematic Theology, Mysticism and Spirituality.

"The bosom of God is not a ghetto. God has a catholic heart - in that catholic means universal, wide, all-encompassing. The opposite of a catholic is a fundamentalist, a person who has a heart with one room. Thus, any spirituality of the church needs to emphasize wide loyalties and inclusivity."


Canadian Ronald Rolheiser is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his present position, Fr Rolheiser taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, for 16 years, served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province for six years, and served on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome for six years.


Highly sought after as a speaker, writer and retreat director, Fr Rolheiser's books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and have now been translated into many languages. His weekly column is carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide. His most widely read books include The Shattered Lantern, The Holy Longing and Sacred Fire.


Fr Ron holds a B.A. (University of Ottawa), B.Th. (Newman Theological College), M.A. (University of San Francisco), M.R.Sc. and Ph.D/STD (University of Louvain, Belgium). He has Professional memberships in the Catholic Theological Society of America the Canadian Theological Society and the Board of the Louvain Theological and Pastoral Monographs Section. Fr Ron also has honorary doctorates from St. Thomas University and St. Paul's University, Canada and a CTSA Leadership Award for contributions to Catholic Media.



Gathered in My Name… Who do you say I am

Prof Amy-Jill Levine


Scholar, Teacher, Writer, Specialist in Scripture, Prominent Advocate in Jewish and Christian Dialogue

"Jesus understood that God does not play by our rules. His God is a generous God, who not only allows the sun to shine on both the just and the unjust, but also gives us the ability to live into what should be rather than what is".


A widely sought-after speaker, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and the College of Arts and Sciences. She is also Affiliated Professor at the Woolf Institute, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.


Professor Levine gradated college with a B.A., magna cum laude, and also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Duke University. She has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, Christian Theological Seminary, and Franklin College. She served as Alexander Robertson Fellow (University of Glasgow), and the Catholic Biblical Association Scholar to the Philippines. In Spring 2019 she was the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome's Pontifical Biblical Institute.


Known for her scholarship, wit and humour, Professor Levine has written widely and given hundreds of talks on biblical topics to both academic and non-academic audiences, including church, synagogue, school and community groups throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on such topics as Second-Temple Judaism, Christian origins, Jewish-Christian relations, and biblical women. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Amy-Jill has also published a number of children’s books.


Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel Synagogue in Nashville.

Monday 24 August 

Catholic Education, Walking the Way and the Art of Accompaniment!

David Wells


Speaker, Teacher, Writer, Specialist in Catholic Education.
"There comes a moment in the life of every student who passes through your school that they need to see Christ in you. And they don’t need it often and you don't need to bang on a drum about it. But they do need to see it. Because that's why we built your school-not to outperform the school in the next town."

David is a popular presenter to Catholic educators across the UK, Canada and USA. Known for his passion and his sense of humour, David was described by Bishop McMahon, Chair of the Department for Education and Formation in the UK Bishop's Conference, as a "Remarkable and gifted speaker."

David was born in the UK and educated at St Joseph's Primary Shool English Martyrs in Leicester. He has been both teacher and leader, later working for the Catholic Education Service in London. He gained an M(Phil) researching Effective Methods in Teacher in-service Training. In the 1990’s David served the Nottingham diocese as an Education Adviser and then Director of Formation.

David has contributed to the production of catechetical resources in the UK and North America and spoken at more than 300 conferences worldwide. In the USA he was a contributor to the Echoes in Faith Programme by RCL Benziger. He has also spoken at some of the largest gatherings of teachers in Canada and appeared on Canadian television. In the UK he has presented at conferences in every diocese in England and Wales, served on several working parties for the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales, guest-lectured at three English Universities, and scripted and produced the video series "You, your Children and their Catholic faith" which sold widely throughout the English speaking Church. He has published two books, The Reluctant Disciple and The Grateful Disciple both available from Redemptorist Publications. The Reluctant Disciple was Redemptorist's best-selling book of 2015.

David is married to Alison and they have three grown up children.



Tuesday 25 August 2020

Imago Dei in the World Today… Who do you see?

Sr Kathleen Bryant rsc

Teacher, Leader, Specialist in Spiritual and Vocations Direction, Activist against Human trafficking

"It is the Love of Christ that urges us... That moves us to action, opening up to being channels of God's Spirit to empower, liberate, accompany and learn from those made poor."


Sr. Kathleen, a Religious Sister of Charity, is a well-known and powerful speaker, motivator, and advocate for those in need. She is the eldest of 8 in a Catholic family. Growing up in California, she entered the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1967. She has taught school in California, Ireland and Zambia and her broader ministry has taken her to Vietnam, Venezuela and Poland. She has an MA in Spirituality and a Doctor of Ministry Degree


As well as being an educator and missionary in Africa, she worked for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a Vocation Director for 21 years and was the first female Vocational Co-Director for priest candidates to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As a qualified Spiritual Director for many years and respected as a wise companion to many, she continues in the Ministry of Spirituality with retreats and spiritual direction. She has held many workshops ranging from how to discern life values, talents, and direction to how to see Christ in our present. For Sr Kathleen, life is an unfolding adventure with God.


After ten years working with survivors of human trafficking, Sr Kathleen was given a grant to study resilience in women survivors of human trafficking by the Louisville Institute, she has since that time remained steadfast in this work a tireless advocate and inspiring voice for victims across the globe.


Sr Kathleen has recently been elected by the general chapter to the congregational leadership team of the Sisters of Charity and now lives in Ireland.