First Grandparents’ Faith Café of 2023 to take place on 10 January

The Grandparents’ Faith Café will open again online on Tuesday 10 January 2023.

The CGA is delighted to announce Bishop Kevin Doran as guest speaker.  He will speak on the theme of Grandparents as counter cultural influencers in the family.

Bishop Kevin began his seminary formation at Holy Cross College, Clonliffe (1970-1974) and completed his preparation for ordination at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome.  He was ordained a Deacon on 6 May 1976 by the late Bishop Dominic Conway (former Bishop of Elphin from 1971 – 1996) in Rome, and was ordained a priest of Dublin Diocese on 6 July 1977 by Bishop Patrick Dunne, in Our Lady of Victories Church, Sallynoggin, Dublin. He was appointed Bishop of Elphin on 14 May 2014 and ordained bishop on 13 July of the same year.

Bishop Kevin spent 37 years as priest of Dublin Diocese prior to his appointment as Bishop of Elphin.  During that time he ministered in six parishes including the parish of the beautiful monastic site of Glendalough. He was also, at various stages, Education Secretary for Vocational Schools, and Chaplain at University College Dublin.

He was Secretary General of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which took place in Dublin in 2012. One of Bishop Kevin’s particular interests is the Ethics of Healthcare. He served for fourteen years as Secretary of the Episcopal Committee for Bioethics and was a member of the Board of the Mater Misericordae University Hospital for many years.  Much of Bishop Kevin’s priestly ministry was concerned with the promotion of vocations and formation for ministry. He served both as Director of Vocations and Director of the Permanent Diaconate Programme in Dublin. He also served for five years as Spiritual Director at the Irish College, Rome.  He also served as National Coordinator for Vocations, Coordinator of the European Vocations Service, and Consultor at the Congregation for Catholic Education. He taught Philosophy and Moral Theology on a part time basis at Mater Dei Institute and subsequently the Milltown Institute.

As a member of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Kevin chairs the Committee for Bioethics and is also a Member of the Council for Marriage and the Family.

Commenting ahead of the January Faith Café, Catherine Wiley, CGA Founder said, “I am very much looking forward to welcoming Bishop Doran to the Faith Café and to hear his take on the culture in which we are passing on the faith.”

“Please come along on 10 January and invite someone who has not attended before to come along too.”

Registration is open now

Please click on the link below to register in advance of the meeting. After you register you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to join the meeting on 10 January. Please check your spam folder as well as your inbox.  Please also check the exact time difference

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