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Major conference for young Catholics set to take place in Dublin

A major conference for young Irish Catholics between 18-40 is taking place in All Hallows in Dublin on March 26th. 

Evangelium Ireland, which organises an annual apologetics conference to educate young people about Catholicism and equip them in communicating it to those around them, is hosting its first event in nearly three years.

The conference will feature key speakers including the host of ‘The Brendan Option’ podcast Fr. Brendan Kilcoyne, Fr. Francis Gavin, Fr. Gavan Jennings, Maghnus Monaghan and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. Topics to be discussed include how Church teachings have expanded and developed since the Gospels were written, as well as the importance of Catholic music and culture.

The all-day event includes Mass, lunch and refreshments, talks and workshops and a discussion panel where attendees will be able to put their questions to a panel of experts. 

Evangelium 2019 attracted a record crowd of more than 80 young Catholics from across the island of Ireland, and the event organisers are looking forward to an even larger event after a three year period where Government lockdown restrictions prevented the event from going ahead. 

Government restrictions on religious practice during Covid – including the outlawing of Mass attendance for the first time since the Penal Laws when Ireland was under British occupation  – sparked controversy in 2020/2021.

Young Catholics including the ‘We Need Worship’ group were at the forefront of the campaign to reopen churches and once again allow people in parishes nationwide to come together in prayer.

As the country reopens, the spiritual director of Evangelium Ireland, Fr. Damien Lynch, believes that there is a strong appetite among young people to learn more about the Church and its teachings. 

“Evangelium is a fantastic event which really showcases the depth and beauty of our Faith. Not only does it allow young Catholics to come together in community, it helps them to understand the wisdom of Church teaching, and arms them with the information they need to respond to the constant challenges from this secular culture.”

“We would be delighted to see as many people as possible on March 26th, and we encourage those who are interested to let their friends and family know about it,” Fr. Lynch said.

Tickets for the event cost €38 and can be purchased on the Eventbrite page here. Additional details are available on the Evangelium Ireland Facebook page.

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