The Priests to headline diocesan congress concert
By Sarah Mac Donald -
19 August, 2013
Down and Connor to launch diocesan pastoral plan.
Popular clerical trio, The Priests, will headline the closing concert of Down and Connor’s diocesan congress at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast in late September.
When not performing or on tour, the trio serve in parishes across the diocese.
Fr Eugene O’Hagan is Administrator of the Parish of Ballyclare and Ballygowan with two churches, the Church of the Sacred Heart and the Church of The Holy Family.
Fr Martin O’Hagan is parish priest of Newtownards and Comber with two churches, the Church of St Patrick (Newtownards) and the Church of Our Lady of the Visitation (Comber).
Fr David Delargy is parish priest of the Parish of Hannahstown with two churches, the Church of St Joseph and the Church of St Peter the Rock.
The concert will also showcase other musical talent from across the diocese. Those lined up for the ‘Celebration of Faith’ concert include Cappella Caeciliana, the Schola Cantorum, Irish traditional singer Éamonn Ó Faogáin and a Youth Choir drawn from all over the diocese, which will sing well-known religious pieces from past and present.
On Saturday 28 September, representatives from parishes across the diocese, together with clergy, religious communities and many organisations throughout the diocese will come together for the ‘Living Faith’ congress.
The congress is intended to provide delegates with an opportunity to pray and reflect, as well as to take stock and look to the future. The diocesan pastoral plan will also be launched.
Speakers who will address workshops include Jesuit and campaigner on homelessness, Fr Peter McVerry, who will talk on ‘Faith that does Justice’. Irish Times columnist, Breda O’Brien, will discuss ‘Passing on the Faith’, while Bishop Alan Abernethy will talk about ‘Reconciliation: The Gospel Story and My story.’
Other speakers include Elizabeth Davies on ‘Church: Everybody’s Welcome’ and Jim Deeds and John Colgan on ‘Co-responsibility: A Parish Reality.’
After the workshops, Bishop Noel Treanor is set to give an address on the congress theme of ‘Our Church, Our Community, Our Commitment.’