A lecture entitled “Being Catholic in Ireland today” will be presented by Professor Salvador Ryan in Castlepollard Parish Centre on Tuesday 19 November 2013 at 7.30pm.
The Vicar Forane of Fore deanery, Fr Patrick Moore, PP explains that the gathering, to which all are welcome to attend, is an initiative to mark the Year of Faith. The deanery places evangelisation and faith at the heart of its mission, with work carried out each year to advance adult faith formation and the training of lay ministers, including members of baptismal teams.
Professor Salvador Ryan is a native of Moneygall, County Offaly. He studied Nua-Ghaeilge and History at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth and Theology at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He completed his doctoral dissertation on “Popular religion in Gaelic Ireland, 1445-1645” at the Department of History, N. U. I. M. in 2003 and was based in the Department as an Irish Research Council Historical and Social Studies Postdoctoral Fellow from 2003 until 2005. He subsequently taught at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles and returned to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth as Professor of Ecclesiastical History in 2008. In 2011 he was appointed Secretary to the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical University in Maynooth.