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?
  • Maureen Treanor
  • David Wells
  • Bruce Bradley S.J.
20th 18/2/2006 A humble listening Church
  • Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
  • Áilín Doyle
  • Kieran O’Mahoney OSA
19th 19/2/2005 There has to be a better way – living more humanly
  • Fr Patrick LaBelle
  • Sr Una Agnew
18th 21/2/2004
  • Fr Peter McVerry SJ
  • Breda O’Brien
  • Tom O’Malley
17th 15/2/2003 Rediscovering Christian Core Values in Ireland today
  • Sean Goan
  • Fr Donal Door
  • Gina Menzies
16th 23/2/2002 A better World is possible
  • Fr Jim Corkery SJ
  • Moore McDowell
  • Mary Kotsonouris
15th 17/2/2001 Celebrating the good news today: Manifesting the message in the new millennium
  • Andrew Pierce – Early Development of Christianity
  • Aidan Mathews – Contemporary Scene
18/2/2001 Cathy Molloy – Possible approaches for the future
14th 19/2/2000 and 20/2/2000
  • James MacKey
  • Lavinia Byrne
  • Ann-Marie Lee
13th 20/2/1999 21/2/1999 Creation, culture, Community: How do we meet God?
  • Dr William Reville
  • Sr Una Agnew SSL
  • Oliver Maloney
  • Gerard Gallagher
  • Lily Jarvis
  • Sean O’Conaill
  • Jan O’Reilly
12th 23/2/1998 The Spirituality of our age – A challenge to the people of God
  • Michael O’Siadhail
  • Fr Sean Fagan S.M.
  • Sr Bernadette Flanagan PBVM
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
  • I came that I may have life and have it to the full John 10:10 –
  • Panel Discussion – Development in the Irish Church in 10yrs since Pobal
  • Sr Helena O’Donoghue – Church – A tree of Life for the Kingdom
  • Fr Donal Dorr – Foundations for Renewal
9th 18/2/1995 Making the Church that Christ intends
  • Fr Wilfred Harrington OP – Essential Values – Gospel Truths
  • Professor Dermot Keogh- How have these values been faring in Ireland?
  • Sr Scholastica Stokes RSM
9th 19/2/1995
  • Caroline Fennell – Values needed Today
  • Fr Gabriel Daly OSA- A Church for the future
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
  • Niall Humphreys – Business Executive
  • Cathy 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
  • Margaret Quinn
  • Linda Hogan
  • P.J.Madden
  • Fr Michael Hurley C.C.
  • Helen McCarthy
  • Claire Bowman
  • Mary & Tomas O’Reilly De Brun
  • Fr Sean O’Riordan C.S.S.R.
  • Claire Bowman
7th 18/4/1993 The Ministry of Reconciliation: Fresh perspectives
  • Eva Roach
  • Fr Raphael Gallagher C.S.S.R.
  • Maurice O’Connell
  • Deirdre Hennessy
6th 21/2/1992 The Eucharist & Eucharistic Living
  • Eamonn Bredin OP
  • Professor Sean Freyne
  • Sandra Cullen
6th 22/2/1992 The Eucharist & Eucharistic Living
  • Fr Brian Hearne C.S.Sp – Images of Christ
  • Raymond Hickey – Our experience of Sunday Mass today
  • Carmel Niland – The Sunday Mass: its origins and future possibilities
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
  • Rev Dan O’Malley & Joan McKenna – Partners in Mission
  • Rev Denis Carroll – Ecology and Spirituality
  • Nora Brenn – Woman’s experience: Woman’s Spirituality
5th 23/2/1991 Shaping the Christian Future
  • Ann Fleischman – Intergenerational problems and potentials
  • Rev Eltin Griffin – Prayer and Formation
4th 23/2/1990 Communion in Society and in Church Fr Con Casey CSSR
4th 24/2/1990 Ben Kimmerling :- Communion in Personal Relationships
  • P J Madden – Communion in Society
  • Martin Kennedy – A Way to Communion
3rd 11/11/1988
  • The Living Church: Partnership in Mission
  • Christianity approaching the 3rd Millenium
  • What is Pobal?
  • Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu MSC
  • Clare O’Mahoney
  • Peadar Kirby
  • Delma Sheridan
  • Fr Brian Lennon SJ
  • Chrissie Ward
  • Fr Donal Dorr
  • Sr Mary O’Callaghan
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