previous conferences

Web Editor Note: Construction of this Website is ongoing, most of the Themes from the beginning can now be accessed. (To read Click on a theme title below). Our long term aim is to provide a complete library of all the information in our archives of previous conferences.

We recommend to understand the formation of the Pobal Dé movement you read the original
Statement in 1987 (to find scroll below to the bottom of this page) and The Diary of Séan Mac Réamoinn.

No. Date Theme Speakers
28th 01/03/2014 How will the Faith be formed in the future?
  • Fr Michael Drumm, A priest of the Diocese of Elphin, author of several books and articles on sacramental theology
  • Sarah Carey, Mother of three, Journalist, Radio Programme Presenter and Marketing Executive.
  • Panel Discussions, Open to all attending
27th 02/03/2013 What is the future for Faith?
26th 18/02/2012 How Can We Rebuild Our Church?
25th 12/02/2011 Are the People of God Powerless?
24th 13/02/2010 Getting back to Jesus?
23rd 07/03/2009 The Role of the Laity?
22nd 01/03/2008 Is Love Enough? Action Makes Love Real
21st 10/2/2007 Is Lay Involvement at a Crossroads?
20th 18/2/2006 A humble listening Church
19th 19/2/2005 There has to be a better way – living more humanly
18th 21/2/2004
17th 15/2/2003 Rediscovering Christian Core Values in Ireland today
16th 23/2/2002 A better World is possible
15th 17/2/2001 Celebrating the good news today: Manifesting the message in the new millennium
18/2/2001 Cathy Molloy – Possible approaches for the future
14th 19/2/2000 and 20/2/2000
13th 20/2/1999 21/2/1999 Creation, culture, Community: How do we meet God?
12th 23/2/1998 The Spirituality of our age – A challenge to the people of God
11th 19/4/1997 20/4/1997 What does it mean to be the people of God Today? Tomorrow? Fr Noel Barber SJ – Why the Church?
10th 24/2/1996 25/2/1996 A time to re-build this Church of ours
  • Sean Goan – A matter of life and Death The kingdom of God in the Scriptures
  • Dr Jack Dominian – Reflecting God’s image in Human Potential
10th 25/2/1996
9th 18/2/1995 Making the Church that Christ intends
9th 19/2/1995
8th 19/2/1994 Are we the Church that Christ intended?
8th 20/2/1994 Present Experiences of Church Community in Ireland Towards the Future – Fundamentals of Christian Community
  • Michael Casey CC
  • Niall Humphreys – Business Executive
  • Cath Molloy – Theologian
  • Deidre Ní Chonall – Student
  • Formation – Brian Mooney – Cathechist
  • Liturgy – Tom O’Loughlin, Parish Chaplin
  • Reconciliation – Delma Sheridan – Ecumenist
  • Justice – Sean Healy CMRS
7th 16/4/1993 The People of God – A Priestly People? Fr Brian Hearne C.S.Sp.
7th 17/4/1993
7th 18/4/1993 The Ministry of Reconciliation: Fresh perspectives
6th 21/2/1992 The Eucharist & Eucharistic Living
6th 22/2/1992 The Eucharist & Eucharistic Living
6th 23/2/1992 The Eucharist & Eucharistic Living
  • Seamus Ryan – The Jewish Sabbath Meal: possibilities for Christmas
  • Delma Sheridan – The Sedar Meal: Ecumenical Possibilities
  • Anne Thurston – Challenges of the Eucharist in the Home, Neighbourhood, Small Community, Parish,etc
5th 22/2/1991 Shaping the Christian Future Ann Louise Gilligan
5th 23/2/1991 Shaping the Christian Future
5th 23/2/1991 Shaping the Christian Future
4th 23/2/1990 Communion in Society and in Church Fr Con Casey CSSR
4th 24/2/1990 Ben Kimmerling – Communion in Interpersonal Relationships
3rd 11/11/1988
  • The Living Church: Partnership in Mission
  • Christianity approaching the 3rd Millenium
  • What is Pobal?
2nd 6/3/1988
  • Subjects:
  • (A) Adult Religious Education
  • (B) Ecumenism
  • (C) Feminism
  • (D) Lay Spirituality
  • (E) Marriage
  • (F) Ministry
  • (G) Partnership
  • (H) Perace
  • (J) Social Justice
  • (K) Theology
  • (L) Youth
The participants attended various group discussions on the subjects listed and each group produced a written report of
each groups conclusions that formed a single document.
1st 27/3/1987 The Role of the Laity Preparation for The Synod on the Laity Rome, 1987
Sep 1987 The Diary of Séan Mac Réamoinn
Biography of Séan Mac Réamoinn
May 1987 Statement of the POBAL Conference to the Synod of Bishops in Rome 1987
April 1986 The Vocation and Mission of the Laity in the Church in the World One day consultation of fifty people arranged by the Pobal D group to convey views on the theme to The 7th Assembly of
Bishops in 1987