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Thursday 18th June 2009




7.00pm to 9.00pm + Picnic




Out Of The Depths


A Biblical Perspective
On Suffering


  Followed by Picnic!   




The three speakers are CTF Committee members.


Evelyne O’Callaghan



Exploring Pain In The Bible


Evelyne has first hand experience of some of the issues generated by violence and pain. Working overseas with the International Committee of the Red Cross and World Vision International in countries at war and armed conflicts such as Chad, Uganda, Rwanda, Lebanon and Cambodia.


She has Master degrees in Theology and in Reconciliation studies. She is also a trained counsellor. She is a member of the Office of Reconciliation Ministries, an international body concerned with social and violent issues dividing communities.

She teaches courses and facilitates workshops on Personal Development, Healthy Relationships, Community Building and Reconciliation.



Fr. Tom Riordan

Tom Riordan is Parish Priest in Kilbrittain.  He has served in a number of places and ministries in the Diocese of Cork and Ross over the years. 



Why Suffering?
A Biblical Perspective


In his talk Fr. Tom hopes to trace the evolution of the Israelite idea of suffering as punishment from the precept in Deuteromy 5:9, "I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me" through the prophets to the New Testament.



Anne Francis

Anne Francis is a mum and works in adult faith formation in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.  She is committed to community theology.



The Spirit As Companion In Our Suffering
(With Ref. To Romans 8)


In her talk and workshop Anne hopes to explore with participants what Paul means when he identifies the Spirit as Companion in our suffering, and how the Spirit is midwife to the labouring of the world.




St. Finbarr’s College


Redemption Road



Links to Cork Corporation Maps of area:

[Labelled – Map 11: St Finbarr’s Diocesan Seminary]


Entrance easily missed; Red-brick pillars leading to tree-lined drive





Registration fee €15, Paid-up Members €10

Buffet/Picnic at 9.00pm

Picnic Coffee, tea, soft drinks supplied. You are invited to bring something for a snack and to share both food and ideas.




7.00   Registration

7.30   Welcome: Stressing the picnic event & hoping people will remain           for fellowship. Chair explains that there will be three talks
           followed by discussion, including idea of staying to break bread.            Short talk by each of the speakers.


8.15   Participants choose a group and go to different rooms.
          Each speaker continues in seminar form.


9.00   Buffet / Picnic (Separate Dining Room)

           Coffee, tea, soft drinks supplied.
            You are invited to bring something for a snack and to share                           both food and ideas.




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CTF Committee 07- 09

Mary Coakley,  Carol Dorgan, Anne Francis, Geraldine Gracie,

Derek Johnston, Steve Lawes, Evelyne O’Callaghan, Tom Riordan, John Scanlan