Discussing the New Evangelisation
Glasgow to host extraordinary conference in December featuring a host of guest speakers
Glasgow is to host an extraordinary conference about the New Evangelisation at the start of December.
The large-scale event at Glasgow City Chambers on December 1 will bring together some of the most exciting Catholic speakers to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the Church’s mission to proclaim the Good News to the modern world.
Fr James Duggan, who is helping to organise the St Andrew’s Conference, said he believes the conference will help ‘strengthen the Faith’ of the 300 Scots Catholics who attend, who can then take that message back to their parishes.
Among the conference speakers will be Cardinal George Pell (right) the Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and member of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation in Rome, who will offer his view on the way forward for the Church.
His fellow speakers include Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, New Jersey, and chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, who will review the impact of the Liturgical changes after the Second Vatican Council and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, who will give a report on the Synod of Bishops held in Rome this month. Other speakers will include noted Catholic academic, Professor John Haldane of St Andrews University and Patricia Donnelly, CEO of the Mungo Foundation.
Fr Duggan told the SCO that the event was the brainchild of Archbishop Tartaglia.
“He had the notion to invite the cardinal and bishop to come over,” he said “And he saw it as a great opportunity to promote the New Evangelisation and focus on the Church.”
Fr Duggan said there would also be some young people speaking at the conference.
“There will be six young people talking about different things within the Church they are engaged with,” he said. “Like the caritas awards and youth service in Africa, so there will be messages from many different parts of the Church.”
Fr Duggan also said the venue of the Glasgow City Chambers underlined a key point of the New Evangelisation.
“It is a great venue,” he said. “And I think it is very symbolic because of the Holy Father’s message about promoting the Faith in the public square.”
— There are 300 tickets available for the event and they are free, but are sure to be snapped up quickly so apply by visiting http://yearoffaithscotland.com