An invitation to the Grandparents’ Faith Café on Tuesday 12 January

The Faith Café is a new initiative of the Catholic Grandparents Association which is taking place online once a month over Zoom.

Launching the initiative last December, Catherine Wiley, Founder of the CGA said, “If the pandemic has taught us anything it has taught us how much we have missed being together in family gatherings, at parish and other social gatherings. The pandemic has also shown just how capable and inventive we have become at creating these gathering spaces for ourselves online. Grandparents have themselves embraced technology in new ways during the pandemic. We are now offering a social and spiritual space for grandparents to meet online once a month to chat, to offer prayers and intentions and to just be together in the spirit of faith

“It is hoped that Grandparents’ Faith Cafés will grow and spread within dioceses and existing CGA ministries as a way of connecting grandparents to each other and to their faith. When the pandemic has passed it is hoped to also translate the Faith Cafés to actual gatherings locally in parishes and in dioceses.”

Our special guest for the January Faith Café is Father Bryan Shortfall OFM Cap. Father Bryan was born in Dublin in October 1969. He joined the Capuchin order in 1987 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997. He graduated with an MA in School Chaplaincy from Mater Dei/DCU in 2004. He has worked in various ministries to date, including school and hospital chaplaincy, and local leadership in the Capuchin order. He is currently Parish Priest of Priorswood Parish in the Archdiocese of Dublin. He has published two books with Columba Books: ‘Tired of All the Bad News’ in 2016 and ‘Sending Positive Vibes’ in 2019.

We look forward to having Father Bryan sharing positive vibes with us on Tuesday 12 January. We also look forward to hearing reflections from two of our grandparents involved in CGA ministries in Ireland and in the US. Catherine Wiley, our founder will also be sharing a reflection as she opens the January Faith Café. 

All are welcome. Registration is free. The event will run from 7.30pm to 8.30pm (Irish time) on Tuesday 12 January. We invite you to save the date and to please register for a place in the Faith Café by email to