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Friday 13th June 2008


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Freedom For My People

(A Biblical Buffet)


Introduction & Three Workshops

(Registration 7.00pm)



Charles Conroy, John Newman, Seán O’Sullivan, William Olhausen



Freedom in the Bible, The Spirit of Freedom in St. Paul,

The Idea of Freedom in Exodus and Jesus and Liberation.


Introduction (7.30pm)

Charles Conroy

Charles was born in Cork City 1943. He is a member of the Sacred Heart Missionaries since 1961, ordained priest 1967.

He studied theology (Gregorian University, Rome) and then specialized in biblical studies in Rome (Pontifical Biblical Institute: doctorate) and Jerusalem (École biblique et archéologique française).

He taught Scripture (O.T. exegesis) in the Gregorian University from 1977 to 2007.

Now Emeritus Professor of O.T. exegesis, and resident again in Cork (Western Road community) since August 2007. As well as giving occasional talks, Charles is busy with the development of the website (already online, though much of the material is in Italian as yet).



Freedom in the Bible

What is involved in examining the theme of biblical freedom?

How do we decide what in the Bible is relevant for this theme?

Is it enough to examine the vocabulary of freedom in the Bible?

In today’s world do we derive our concept of freedom exclusively from the Bible? Should we do so?


Workshops (8.15pm)


William Olhausen

William is the Rector of the Carrigrohane Union of Parishes in Cork.  He read theology at Oxford and has a PhD in biblical and theological hermeneutics from Liverpool University.



The Spirit of Freedom in St. Paul

The Apostle Paul has received a bad press in recent times from some who have read back into his writings various expressions of authoritarianism. 

Are they right?  Or was Paul the first great liberation theologian – ‘the Apostle of the free Spirit’?


John Newman

John is parish priest of the Parish of Monkstown in Cork.  He studied scripture in the Biblical Institute, Rome, gaining his LSS.  He lectures in the Ed. Dept in UCC in the H. Dip. for teachers of RE.  He has also given talks and courses over the years in and around Cork.



The Idea of Freedom in Exodus

Exploring themes of escape and journey, wandering and wilderness, and resonances in modern literature.


Seán O’Sullivan:

Seán is a priest of the Diocese of Cork and Ross at present involved in adult religious education in the diocese.  Has worked in South America and the U.S.A. as well as in Cork parishes.  Recently completed scripture studies in Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.



Jesus and Liberation

An exploration of how the theme of liberation is central to Luke's gospel.



St. Finbarr’s College


Redemption Road




07.00pm          Registration

07.30pm          Introduction

08.00pm          Find your workshop

08.15pm          Workshops

09.15pm          Buffet

                        (Coffee, tea & soft drink supplied

                        please bring food to share!)

10.00pm          Conclusion


Registration fee €15, Members €10



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