Eucharist and Community in a Digital Age

 Eucharist and Community in a Digital Age


Covid 19 has caused changes in the way that society operates. Almost nothing of the life we knew in 2018-19 has remained unaffected.

In our life of faith, too, we are adapting to change – churches have been closed for three months and more. Spiritual needs are difficult to meet at a time of social distancing. The charitable work of society has had to meet new challenges and new demands.

What kind of Church are we becoming? What kind of Church will we be in the future?

Pope Francis has established a Covid 19 Commission to examine the global issues associated with the pandemic. At a diocesan level, ACTA is setting up a sequence of online Conference meetings to debate where the Church is and will be as a result of Covid 19.

On the dates set out below there will be an online Zoom meeting with
Introduction of a key speaker
20-25 minutes presentation by an invited speaker
Breakout rooms- Discussion – 30 minutes - Facilitated
Question and Answer Session with the invited speaker – 30 minutes

Registration is essential and the form is available at :

While there is no charge for accessing these sessions, a small voluntary donation to defray expenses and to support the charitable work of our speakers would be gratefully received

All sessions will be accessed via Zoom.

All sessions will start at 7.00 pm prompt

Wednesday 23rd September 2020 – Prof Tom O’ Loughlin University of Nottingham

Eucharist and Community in a Digital Age

Wednesday 7th October 2020 - Fr Gerry Proctor MBE – Archdiocese of Liverpool

Ministering in the Field Hospital

Wednesday 21st October 2020 - Dr Philip McCarthy – Chief Executive, Caritas Social Action Network

Hearing the Cry of the Poor and Disadvantaged

Wednesday 4th November 2020 - Dr Clare Watkins, Reader, Roehampton Institute

A Vision for the Church of the Future

Event Properties

Event Date 23-09-2020 7:00 pm
Event End Date 23-09-2020 8:00 pm
Capacity 150
Registered 102
Available places 48
Individual Price Voluntary Donation


7.00 PM




Thomas O'Loughlin


Brief Biography: Thomas O'Loughlin (born 1958, Dublin) is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Nottingham.[1] He earned a BA, MPhil, PhD (NUI), STB (Maynooth) and DD hon.c (Bangor). Tom studied for his BA in Philosophy and Medieval History in UCD, before going to Maynooth College for his BD(STB), before moving on to do a M.Phi in UCD.[2] He holds a Diploma in Theology from Mater Dei in Dublin, and Diploma in Pastoral Theology from All Hallows College, Dublin. O'Loughlin began his career as a teacher in the University College Dublin, he also taught at the Dominican Studium, Tallaght and the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy and was later made a scholar at the School of Celtic Studies in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. In 1997, he worked in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies in the University of Wales, Lampeter, where he became the first Professor of Historical Theology in the University of Wales in February 2006. He joined the University of Nottingham in 2009. He is a priest of the Catholic diocese of Arundel and Brighton.[1] His research has focused on the theology of the early medieval period, and on the works of insular writers in particular.[3] O'Loughlin is additionally chief editor of the Brepols series: Studia Traditionis Theologiae.

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