Spirituality, prayer and reflection are the essence of 'Come and See', the biennial conference organised by the Irenaeus Project in Liverpool Archdiocese, which this year takes place in October.
The appeal of the conference is clear. As we move around the diocese and listen to people, it becomes apparent how important it is to take time out in our busy lives for reflection and prayer. This helps to make the connections between faith and life. Some people really struggle to make those connections and others are just very grateful for the chance to think and pray.
We are very blessed this year to have Father Timothy Radcliffe, the Dominican preacher, as our main speaker. He is a former Master of the Order of Preachers (1992–2001) and is the only member of the Dominicans' English Province to have held the office since the Order's foundation in 1216. He is currently director of the Las Casas Institute of Blackfriars, Oxford which focuses on the promotion of social justice and human rights.
Father Timothy is a well-known preacher and speaker, and author of several books including What is the point of being a Christian?. Pope Francis named him in 2015 as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. So we are extraordinarily lucky to have him in Liverpool and it is an opportunity not to be missed.
We have great workshop leaders including Fiona Castle, Dave and Mary Matthews, Pat Kennedy, Dermott Donnelly and our own Steve Atherton. Music and prayer will be led by Jo Boyce and friends from Birmingham Archdiocese and there will be mime and drama led by Steve Murray who has an international ministry. On the Sunday we will be joined by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon to celebrate Mass.
The 2017 conference takes place at Christ the King High School in Southport on 14/15 October. The Southport location should, of course, mean plenty of residential accommodation available for those who do not wish to travel or for those coming from a distance. If you want more information about the conference or indeed about the Irenaeus Project and the work we do, contact us on 01519491199, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.irenaeus.co.uk.