Here are some of the speakers you can look forward to seeing at Evangelium 2017.
Christopher West is a proud husband and father of five. His global lecturing, best selling books and multiple audio and video programmes have also made him the world’s most recognized teacher of John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” – a bold, biblical vision of love and sexuality that takes us to the “core” of what it means to be human. Beyond his work as a popularizer of the Theology of the Body, Christopher has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the subject since the late 1990’s, having served on the faculties of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, and as a visiting professor of the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia. In 2004 he co-founded the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia, PA and his week-long courses there continue to draw students from around the world.
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 appointed Bishop of Elphin on May 14th 2014 and ordained bishop on July 13th of the same year. Bishop Kevin’s undergraduate studies led to the award of a BA in Philosophy and French (1974) from the University College Dublin and an STB – Bachelor of Sacred Theology (1977) from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was awarded an MA in Philosophy (1987) from UCD for his thesis on the philosophy of the Human Person in the thought of Thomas Aquinas and Bernard Lonergan. This was followed in 1995 by the award of a PhD from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), for a thesis entitled “Solidarity: A Synthesis of Personalism and Communalism in the thought of Karol Wojytla / Pope John Paul II”
Bishop Kevin spent 37 years as a priest of Dublin Diocese prior to his appointment as Bishop of Elphin. During that time he ministered in six parishes. 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 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.
Father Shenan J. Boquet is the President of Human Life International. He has travelled around the world spreading the Gospel of Life. Father Boquet is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining Human Life International in August 2011.
More speakers to come!