(forthcoming events)

Chesterton’s Ireland Then and Now

A Call for Re-Evangelization

A weekend conference to explore the recovery of Christian tradition in Ireland and elsewhere.


SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2002


Speakers & Topics

Cahal Cardinal Daly, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh

Irish Catholicism: Future Prospects

Garret Fitzgerald, Former Taoiseach of Ireland

Irish Impressions

Reverend Oliver Rafferty, S.J., St. Patrick’s College

The Bishops and The Crisis

David Quinn, The Irish Catholic

The Irish Sacramental Tradition

Dermot Quinn, Seton Hall University

Chesterton and the Resurrection of Ireland

Reverend Ian Boyd, C.S.B., G.K. Chesterton Institute

The Everlasting Chesterton

Stratford Caldecott, Oxford Centre for Faith & Culture

The Evangelization of Culture

Mary Kenny, Journalist

A New Beginning for Catholic Ireland?

Owen Dudley Edwards, University of Edinburgh

Chesterton and Cultural Recovery

Sheridan Gilley, University of Durham

Ireland and the Cleansing of the Imagination

For more information, contact Bernadette Kealey

Danute Nourse, Seton Hall University, Tel: (973) 378-9808.

Cardinal Cahal Daly is Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh. Before his elevation to the Primatial See he served as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise and Bishop of Down and Connor. Long regarded as one of Ireland’s most intellectually distinguished prelates, he has written and broadcast extensively on challenges to the Church in a secular age. His recently published memoir, Steps on My Pilgrim Journey, has received wide acclaim. Other publications include Communities without Consensus, and Ballymascanlon: an Irish Venture in Inter-Church Dialogue. Cardinal Daly attended the Second Vatican Council and has been an influential voice in discerning its meaning for the Church in Ireland and for the wider Catholic world.

Father Ian Boyd, a priest of the Congregation of Saint Basil, is Editor of The Chesterton Review and President of The G.K. Chesterton Institute at Seton Hall University. For many years he was Professor of English Literature at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. A world-recognized authority on Chesterton, he published a major monograph – The Novels of G.K. Chesterton – in 1975.

Owen Dudley Edwards is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Edinburgh. A member of a well-known academic family, his work deals mainly with British and Irish social and cultural history. He also has achieved distinction as a literary critic, having written widely on G.K. Chesterton and his circle and on Arthur Conan Doyle. His annotated Sherlock Holmes is considered definitive.

Garret Fitzgerald is one of Ireland’s most distinguished public servants of the last fifty years. He served as Minister for Foreign Affairs in the mid-1970s and as Taoiseach in the 1980s. On both occasions his tenure was marked by probity and formidable intellectual honesty. Before entering politics he had a distinguished academic career at University College, Dublin. As teacher, politician and journalist, Dr. Fitzgerald has offered consistently intelligent and insightful analysis of the challenges of modernity in Ireland. His memoir, All in a Life, is one of the finest political biographies of recent years. Other books include Planning in Ireland and Thoughts on Two Cultures: Learning to Live Together.

Sheridan Gilley, Reader in Theology at the University of Durham, has written widely on English and Irish Catholicism in the 19th and 20th centuries. Educated at the University of Queensland and at Cambridge, he lectured in Ecclesiastical History at Saint Andrew’s before taking his present appointment. Among his books are The Irish in the Victorian City, The Irish in Britain 1815-1930, and A History of Religion in Britain. His biography of John Henry Newman, Newman and his Age, is generally considered a masterpiece. Dr. Gilley is a member of the Editorial Board of The Chesterton Review and has contributed many articles to the journal.

Mary Kenny has been widely acclaimed as a journalist, author and social commentator. Her books include Why Christianity Works and Farewell to Catholic Ireland. Writing regularly for The Daily Telegraph and The Spectator, she has articulated the moral challenges facing the western world in the modern and post-modern era. Among many public services, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Newman Institute Ireland in Ballina, County Mayo.

David Quinn is Editor of The Irish Catholic and a regular columnist for The Sunday Times. He studied business in Dublin and lived for some years in Australia before returning to his native city to begin a career in journalism. One of the most thoughtful writers of the younger generation, he has argued forcefully in print and broadcast media for a recovery of traditional Irish Catholic cultural and moral values.

Dermot Quinn is Associate Professor of History at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin and New College, Oxford, he is the author of Patronage and Piety: English Roman Catholics and Politics, 1850-1900 and Understanding Northern Ireland. He has published widely on Chesterton and his circle, concentrating mainly on the social and economic philosophy known as "distributism." Dermot’s recent work has explored the thought of the distinguished Catholic historian, Christopher Dawson. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Chesterton Review and of the Board of Directors of The G.K. Chesterton Institute.