Grandparents’ Faith Café to welcome Father Alan Hilliard on 9 May

The Grandparents’ Faith Café will open again online on Tuesday 9 May 2023 online via Zoom.

The CGA is delighted to announce Father Alan Hilliard as guest speaker. He will speak on the theme of Sabbath. 

Father Alan Hilliard is a Catholic priest of Dublin Diocese. He taught for seven years in Ringsend VEC and spent time in parishes in Templeogue and Lucan South where he worked with the community to build a new church which opened in the year 2000.

Alan has a long a varied association with migration. In 2000 he set up a pastoral center for Irish Backpackers in Sydney. He was later appointed Director of the Irish Bishop’s Commission for Emigrants and the Irish Commission for Prisoner’s Overseas. The work involved the coordination of emigrant services in Great Britain, Australia, United States and support services for Irish prisoners across the world. He led campaigns to highlight the plight of the ‘Forgotten Irish’ in Britain and he canvassed for immigration reform in the United States on behalf of the ‘Undocumented Irish’. During this time he completed his research Masters in Applied Social Policy entitled ‘Mind the Gap’: Social Cohesion, Migration and Integration. He also has a Diploma in Counseling and Psychotherapy.

He returned to Dublin in 2010 when he worked as the third level Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Coordinator at TU Dublin. He remains a board member of the Irish Catholic Bishops Council for Emigrants. He has authored an number of books and is currently on sabbatical and spending time at Notre Dame University in the US. 

Please come along on 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 16 March. Please check your spam folder as well as your inbox.


The Zoom meeting will begin at 7.30PM local time to UK. 

Please check the time difference for where you are to avoid missing out.

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