Second Annual John Bradley Memorial Conference

The Reformation – 500 Years Later Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October 2017

Friday 20th October

4:00pm                 Conducted tour of the 16th century Rothe House, headquarters of Kilkenny Archaeological Society and its restored late medieval gardens.

6:30pm                 Formal conference reception hosted by Kilkenny County Council Chairman, Cllr. David Fitzgerald
Venue: The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle (by kind invitation of OPW)

7:00pm                 Welcome by Cllr. David Fitzgerald and Mr Pat Nolan, President KAS

7:15pm                 An appreciation of Mr. John Bradley.
Speaker Dr Raghnall O Floinn, Director, The National Museum

7:45pm                 Today’s Church and the footprint of the Reformation: An ecumenical and pastoral reflection.
Speaker: The Right Reverend Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory.

8:50pm                 Conference Dinner.
Venue: Club House Hotel.

Saturday 21st October

Venue: The Chapter Room, St. Mary’ Cathedral

9:45am                 Registration

Chair for morning session: Mr Frank Lanigan, Chairman KAS

10:00am               Welcome by Mr Pat Nolan, President KAS

10:15am               The Impact of the Reformation on the urban community.
Speaker: Dr Colm Lennon, Emeritus Professor of History, NUI Maynooth

11:00am               Morning tea/ coffee

11:30am               Persecution and deliverance in Sixteenth Century Kilkenny, The Vocacyon of John Bale, 1553.
Speaker: Elizabethanne Boran, Librarian, The Edward Worth Library, Dublin.
Summary of morning session.

12:45pm               Lunch at Chapter House Café.

Chair for afternoon session> Mons. Michael Ryan, Administrator, Diocese of Ossory, P.P. Castlecomer

2:45pm                 Religious Reform and Ormonde Patronage 1536-1614.
Speaker: Dr. David Edwards, Senior Lecturer U.C.C.

3:00pm                 The re-organisation of the Diocese of Ossory 1600-1635
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Fearghus O Fearghail, Lecturer in Theology and P.P. Windgap.

Summary of afternoon session.

Venue: St. Canice’s Cathedral. (by kind permission of Very Rev Katharine Poulton, Dean of Ossory)

4:30pm                 Liturgical music, how it changed after the Reformation.
Speaker Mr David Forde, Deputy Principal, Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training; Director of St Canice’s Cathedral Choir.

5:00pm                 Evensong

Conference concludes