After brief hiatus due to the World Meeting of families, the Evangelium conference was relaunched this year. On Saturday July 13th over 80 young Catholics from across the island of Ireland gathered in All Hallows DCU for the Evangelium conference. This large group of eager and enthusiastic young Catholics were not disappointed with the conference. They were treated to excellent and engaging talks by Prof Andrew Meszaros on Sacred Scripture, Dom Hildebrand of the Benedictine Monks in Sliverstream Priory spoke on the Eucharist and Fr Eamon McCarthy from Radio Maria explored the subject of Sin. There was also the opportunity for workshops on authentic masculinity and femininity led by the Dominican sisters from Limerick and Senior Counsel Ben O’ Floinn. Holy Mass was concelebrated in the historic old college chapel with the choir providing a beautiful array of hymns and Gregorian chant. The day concluded with an apologetics panel much added to by Fr Sean Corkery, which raised some very relevant and interesting topics for discussion. A social was held afterwards with discussion continuing long in to the night.
Fr Damien spiritual director of Evangelium had this to say about the day. “This year’s conference was a great success. The enthusiasm of the 80 young participants from all corners of the island, a record number for the conference, was truly uplifting. It indicated for me that not only is there a hunger among young people for ‘more’ but that this hunger can only be satiated by the fullness of the Catholic faith in its beauty and in the challenges it presents. The speakers, the topics treated, the reverent celebration of Holy Mass, with its beautiful music and time spent in one anothers company all converged to make it a wonderfully Catholic occasion and one that I look forward to experiencing again next year.” We would like to take this chance to thank all our speakers, all who attended and of course our donors especially our faithful Bishops, please remember our work in your prayers.