Hearing the Cry of the Poor and Disadvantaged

 Hearing the Cry of the Poor and Disadvantaged


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. https://us04web.zoom.us/signin

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 21-10-2020 7:00 pm
Event End Date 21-10-2020 8:00 pm
Capacity 100
Registered 74
Available places 26
Individual Price Voluntary Donation


7.00 PM




Philip McCarthy


Brief Biography: I am currently CEO of Caritas Social Action Network, the social action agency of the Catholic Church in England & Wales. I was a GP in Bristol and held numerous leadership positions within the NHS. In 2015 I undertook an MSc in global ethics at Birmingham University, writing my dissertation on the ethical issues that assisted dying raises for GPs. I hope that my experience in social action, medicine, entrepreneurship, ethics and Catholic social thought can contribute to the work of the Cadbury Centre.

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