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Into the Breach | Catholic Men’s Conference

November 2, 2019 9:30 am
November 2, 2019 9:00 pm


What does it mean to be a Christian man? How does a Catholic man love? Why is fatherhood, fully understood, so crucial for every man? Together with the Tine Network, The Emmaus Centre is hosting Into the Breach, Catholic Men’s Conference. This conference is a call for men of faith to gather and encourage one another in holiness for the good of their families, friends, and country.


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The conference will be based on Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s 2015 Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic men. Click here for details:

Into the Breach will feature some of Ireland’s leading role models for Catholic men.
Tony Foy: A Call to Battle: The Irish Context.
Fr. Conor McDonough: What does it mean to be a Christian Man
Mike Shortt: How does a Catholic Man Love
Fr. Patrick Cahill: Fatherhood
Bishop Alphonsus Cullinane: Main Celebrant

The day will include, talks, small groups, Mass, Food and Fellowship and will finish with a healing a reconciliation service.
A B&B service is available for anyone traveling who would like to stay the night before or after. To book B&B please contact (Emmaus).


About the Speakers:

Fr. Conor McDonough OP
Fr. Conor is a Dominican friar from Galway. He studied science and theology at the University of Cambridge and taught theology at secondary school before joining the Dominicans in 2009. He was ordained priest in 2016 and undertook further studies in theology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), focussing on the writings of St Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin. He is currently based in Dublin where he teaches theology to the students at the Dominican House of Studies in Dublin 1.

Tony Foy
Tony is married to Sheena and together they are blessed with seven children ranging in age from 9 to 21 years. He is passionate about his Catholic Faith, plays Volleyball and trains underage children in rugby. He loves reading, is particularly interested in leadership and personal formation and anything that will help us get to know Jesus better.

Fr. Patrick Cahill
Fr. Patrick Cahill from Thurles, Co. Tipperary is a priest of the Work of Jesus the High Priest who has been ministering as a missionary priest in Ireland and Italy since his ordination in 2009. He has a passion for youth ministry and thoroughly enjoys his position as chaplain to the Presentation Secondary School in Mitchelstown. He has been involved in Youth 2000 for over a decade now and became National Spiritual Advisor in 2016. His youth-friendly yet clear approach to teaching the faith has made him a regular at Youth 2000 events and a busy retreat leader in parishes and school throughout the country. As one of the founding members of Holy Family Mission, he is delighted to have the possibility to work more intensely with the gifts of young people and help them to discover the hidden treasure of faith within them.

Mike Shortt
Originally from Belfast, Mike began working at An Tobar Nua, Galway in 2001 after several years in the medical manufacturing industry. With more than a decade of experience in charity work and his business expertise, Mike oversees the day to day operations of An Tobar Nua. He also directly leads the Ministries Retreat and Religious Education department which works with Secondary Schools across the country. He is an avid fan of full-contact sports and trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kick Boxing where he also coaches. When not at An Tobar Nua, Mike can be found in the gym or pursuing his passion for kayaking with his family.

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan
Bishop Cullinan was born in Lahinch, County Clare. He attended Mary Immaculate College of Education Limerick and qualified as a primary teacher (B.Ed) in 1981, and taught for six years in Castleconnell, County Limerick. He worked part-time during that time for four years with the Bunratty Castle Entertainers before going to Spain where he taught English for two years in a school in Valladolid.
Bishop Cullinan studied at Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth from 1989-1995 where he completed an STL (Licentiate in Theology). He was ordained by Bishop Jeremiah Newman in 1994 in Saint John’s Cathedral, Limerick, and appointed Curate in Saint Munchin’s Parish Limerick city 1995-1996. Bishop Cullinan’s next appointment was as chaplain to the Regional Hospital in Limerick from 1996 until 2001. He studied for his doctorate in moral theology in the Alfonsianum in Rome 2001-2004 and was appointed chaplain to the Limerick Institute of Technology 2004-2011. He was appointed Parish Priest of Rathkeale , County Limerick in 2011.
He was ordained Bishop of Waterford & Lismore on Sunday 12th April 2015.