Feature 30 September 2010 | The Calvin and Loyola Conference

28 Sep 2010



Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth and Union Theological College Belfast will host a unique conference Living in union with Christ in today’s world: the contribution of John Calvin and Ignatius Loyola in Maynooth on 8-9 October 2010.




“Living in union with Christ in today’s world: the contribution of John Calvin and Ignatius Loyola”

Friday 8 to Saturday 9 October, 2010, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland

Co-hosted by

Rt Rev Dr Hugh Connolly, President of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth

Very Rev Dr Trevor Morrow, Minister of Lucan and former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

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    Download letter of invitation …

    Why Calvin and Loyola?

    Did the early paths of John Calvin (Protestant Reformer) and Ignatius Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) cross as students? Both certainly attended the University of Paris in the 1520s. The University at that time comprised about forty colleges situated in the Latin Quarter of the city. Calvin and Loyola were both students at the celebrated College de Montaigu, Calvin arriving there in the latter part of 1523. Loyola’s dates of attendance are uncertain but may have overlapped. 

    The College was a tightly knit community of about 200 students and, under the tutelage of Pierre Tempete, followed an austere daily regime. Students rose at 4am in order to begin lessons at 5am with study ending with a 9pm bedtime.

    It is tantalising to muse that these two giants of the sixteenth century Church shared a common education experience and yet subsequently travelled along very different spiritual paths. Reason enough to merit a unique conference in Ireland which will explore and unpack something of the points of comparability and contrast between these two Montaigu old boys.

    Dr Laurence Kirkpatrick, Professor of Church History at Union Theological College, Belfast


    Conference Programme:

    Friday 8 October 2010

    7.30pm – 9.00pm: Session 1

    – Introductions by Mgr Hugh Connolly and Dr Trevor Morrow

    Living in union with Christ: Introducing John Calvin and Ignatius Loyola

    • Rev Dr Stephen Williams
    • Dr Salvador Ryan

    9.15pm: Reception in Pugin Hall, St Patrick’s College

    Saturday 9 October 2010

    9.30am – 11.00am: Session 2

    – Introduction by Rev Dr Keith McCrory, Maynooth Community Church

    Encountering Christ with Calvin in the Gospels

    • Rev Dr Gordon Campbell
    • Rev Brendan McConvery

    11.00am-11.30am: Refreshments

    11.30am – 12.45pm: Session 3

    – Introduction by Fr Gerry Reynolds, CSSR, Clonard Monastery, Belfast

    Encountering Christ in everyday life: the spirituality of John Calvin and Ignatius Loyola

    A workshop led by:

    • Rev Tom Wilson
    • Rev Tom Layden

    Lunch 12.45pm – 1.45pm

    1.45pm – 2.30pm Guided Tour of the College and Campus

    2.30pm – 3.45pm: Session 4

    – Introduction by Rev Lorraine Kennedy-Ritchie, Clontarf and Scots Presbyterian Church

    Ardens sed virens – open to the Spirit of Christ who rejuvenates the Church

    • Very Rev Dr Stafford Carson
    • Rev Dr Liam Treacy

    3.45pm – 4.15pm: Refreshments

    4.15pm – 5.30pm: Session 5

    – Introduction by Dr Trevor Morrow

    Towards transformation – mission in two directions: the perspectives of John Calvin and Ignatius Loyola

    • Rev Dr Drew Gibson
    • Fr Laurence Murphy

    5.30pm Close of Conference

    Further information and booking details


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