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MaynoothThe faculty of theology of the Pontifical University at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth  will host an international symposium from Wednesday 6 June until Saturday 9 June 2012.

This symposium takes place during the week before the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which will be held in Dublin from 10 until 17 June 2012.

Maynooth is in County Kildare just 15 km from Dublin city centre. There are regular Bus and Rail connections.



The Eucharistic Ecclesiology of Communion Fifty Years after Vatican II

6th - 9th June 2012

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council that so strongly underlined the ecclesiology of communion. The theology symposium examines the status questionis fifty years on. Expert contributions from scholars across the disciplines of theology (scripture, systematics, moral theology, liturgy, pastoral studies, missiology and ecumenics) will explore the question: how goes it today with the ecclesiology of communion in aspects?

There will be plenary sessions, seminars and liturgies.The symposium is aimed at participants who have at least a graduate level (or equivalent) of study in theology.

There will be visits to significant places of interest in Ireland. 

The morning on Day one will be dedicated to biblical,  systematic and moral explorations. In the afternoon there will be a series of more focussed seminars on: Communion and the Word; Communion and Social Justice, Economics, Politics, Communion and Art/Architecture/music, Mission/Evangelisation, Communion and Ecology, the theme of Communion in the Irish tradition. Peace/Violence/Reconciliation/Healing of Memory. It will be a day that will open up many perspectives and avenues for theological reflection.

Day two will be dedicated to Ecumenism. Major figures in ecumenism will deliver papers. There will be round-table discussion and dialogue with the hall. 

In the evening there will be a banquet dinner in the Pugin Hall in Maynooth.

Day three will be dedicated to the missionary and pastoral themes, pulling the various strands of the symposium together. A paper will be delivered by the expert missiologist, Rev. Dr. Michael McCabe, SMA, and Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga. This will be followed by dialogue among the participants on the nature of missionary communion in the face of the challenges of the New Evangelisation.

Translation facilities will be available:


Registration Details :

Day Time Venue
Wednesday 6th June 9.30 - 19.30 President’s Arch, South Campus
Thursday 7th June 8.30 - 16.30 John Hume Building, North Campus
Friday 8th June 8.30 - 15.30 John Hume Building, North Campus
Saturday 9th June 8.30 - 10.45 John Hume Building, North Campus


Main sessions will be in the John Hume Lecture Theatre 1 (JHL01)


Thursday Afternoon Workshops:

Room No. Room Name
JHL02 John Hume Lecture Theatre 2
JHL04 John Hume Lecture Theatre 4
JHL05 John Hume Lecture Theatre 5
JHL06 John Hume Lecture Theatre 6
JHLO7 John Hume Lecture Theatre 7
Classhall A Arts Building
Classhall B Arts Building
Classhall E Arts Building
Classhall F Arts Building


John Hume Tutorial Rooms: First Floor in John Hume Building

Room No. Room Name Workshop No.
JHT01 John Hume Tutorial Room 1
JHT02 John Hume Tutorial Room 2
JHT03 John Hume Tutorial Room 3
JHT04 John Hume Tutorial Room 4
JHT05 John Hume Tutorial Room 5
JHT06 John Hume Tutorial Room 6


Lunch Venue: Pugin Hall

Liturgy: Celebration of the Eucharist, College Chapel


For those who wish, there will be a guided tour of St. Patrick’s College on Saturday June 9th leaving from the President’s Arch at 15.00

                                If interested please book at the Registration Desk                                          



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