Theme: LET US NOT BE PUT TO THE TEST (Mt 6:13) This years list of speakers: FR HAYDEN WILLIAMS OFM (CAP) I was born on 9th July 1977 in a family of five and[...]
LET US NOT BE PUT TO THE TEST (Mt 6:13)
This years list of speakers:
FR HAYDEN WILLIAMS OFM (CAP)
I was born on 9th July 1977 in a family of five and was raised up in Malta. From a young age I was active in my parish as an altar boy and later on as a member of the Legion of Mary. At the age of 13 I was introduced to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
In my teenage, I developed an interest in medicine and wanted to pursue my studies to become a medical doctor. However, during a Catholic Charismatic Conference on 10th April 1994, Divine Mercy Sunday, I felt Jesus calling me to become a priest.
Influenced by St Francis of Assisi and St Pio, through a process of discernment I embraced the call for priesthood in the Capuchin Order. On 9th October 1996 I joined the Capuchins and on 21st July 2005, I was ordained a priest by the Archbishop of Malta, Mgr Joseph Mercieca. I continued my studies at the University of Malta. After finishing my studies I was involved in the ministry for vocations and ministered as a hospital chaplain. Then I was appointed as the guardian of the Capuchin fraternity at Kalkara. After that, I answered to the Lord’s calling to start off the Franciscan Apostles of Jesus and Mary on 7 October 2010, a fraternity of young men who live on providence and are dedicated to Jesus and the new evangelization in the power of the Holy Spirit. Alongside this fraternity, the Franciscan Disciples have been born.
I have also served on the council of my Capuchin province between 2013-2016. Currently, I minister to prisoners as assistant prison chaplain, in the Capuchin fraternity at Paola. I have written two books. I have also recorded the rosary and the divine mercy chaplet on a cd and YOUTUBE. I speak maltese, English, italian. I love the sea, countryside and animals. I am devoted to Mary, St Joseph and my guardian angel. My saint companions include Francis and Claire of Assisi, Therese, Padre Pio, Leopold Mandic, Solanus Casey, Louis Mary de Montfort, Faustina. I am actively involved in a preaching ministry both in Malta and abroad.
FR. EUNAN MCDONNELL
Rev. Dr. Eunan McDonnell,SDB is the Provincial of the Salesian Order in Ireland and Malta.He has worked on the missions in Ethiopia,Africa before returning to Ireland to take over running St. Catherine’s House in Maynooth from our beloved late Fr.Michael Ross SDB, who is with us in spirit at our conference.
He was Principal of the local Secondary School while rebuilding St Catherine’s and at the same time completing his Doctoral studies. He lectured in the seminary in Ethiopia and also on his return he lectured in Spiritual Theology in Milltown. He succeeded Fr. Michael Ross as our new spiritual director to the conference. He has widened the focus on mercy which makes it more applicable to a wider audience.
FR. BRENDAN WALSH
Fr. Brendan Walsh is leading the healing Service on Saturday night, a member of the Pallotine Order now based in their Thurles Retreat house. He spent nearly 20 years in the USA. Part of his ministry is in Healing of the Family Tree.
FR. PATRICK CAHILL
Gelncomeragh House is the brainchild of Fr Patrick Cahill, Maura Garrihy and Patrick Reynolds. The founders have a broad range of experience in youth ministry and evangelisation and want to help young people become effective, modern day disciples of Jesus Christ. Mission Director Maura Garrihy, 26, said: ““In order to be effective in sharing the Gospel we must know it and live it. Holy Family Mission is the first of its kind in Ireland and is a response to a deep desire in the young people we meet to know the beauty of what our faith is about. They (the young people) have seen and experienced how it helps them to live lives with purpose and they desire to share this with others.’’
DR. DIARMUID MARTIN DD, ARCHBISHOP OF DUBLIN
During his service at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Archbishop Martin represented the Holy See at the major United Nations Conferences on social questions in the 1990s. He also participated in activities of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, especially on the theme of international debt and poverty reduction.
In March 2001, he was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio and undertook responsibilities as Permanent Observer of the Holy See in Geneva, at the United Nations Office and Specialised Agencies and at the World Trade Organisation. He was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Dublin on May 3rd 2003. He succeeded Cardinal Desmond Connell as Archbishop of Dublin on 26th April 2004.
ARCHBISHOP JUDE THADDEUS OKOLO, PAPAL NUNCIO TO IRELAND
Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo was ordained a priest in 1983, but following postgraduate studies in Rome he was called to the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 1990, serving first in Sri Lanka, then in Haiti, the Antillean Islands (which include Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas and Jamaica), Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Australia. In 2008 he was promoted to the role of Apostolic Nuncio and served as the Pope’s representative in Chad and the Central African Republic, two countries racked by civil war.
Since 2013, he has served as Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate in Puerto Rico. He is now Papal Nuncio to Ireland
MS. NIAMH NI BHROIN, PRO-LIFE SPEAKER
Niamh Uí Bhriain has been a pro-life and pro-family advocate for more than two decades, and appears regularly on national and international media outlets as a commentator and campaigner. In 1995, she met with St Pope John Paul II who warned that Ireland was “under attack” and urged pro-life advocates to “continue in your aposolate and be courageous”. Niamh is Director of the Life Institute, and is working with other commentators to establish a new media platform for all Irish people who feel unrepresented by the mainstream media.