23/06/21, 18.00pm

PAST EVENT: Towards a Renewed Vision of Ministry


Wednesday 23 June 2021

Towards a Renewed Vision of Ministry

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All proceeds from this event will go to The Tablet's Development Fund.

This discussion will take place via Zoom. You will need to download the Zoom app onto your device to be able to join the call. Full details of how to join the call will be sent in the days before the event.

Towards a Renewed Vision of Ministry

In recent months Pope Francis has established a series of lay ministries for men and women, including the role of catechist. With these changes, the Pope is seeking to recognise and bolster lay leadership while seeking a renewal of the Church according to the teaching of the Second Vatican Council. So what could the reforms mean in practice? How do they support missionary evangelisation, and lead to renewed vision of both lay and ordained ministry? 


Christopher Lamb is a British journalist who is the Rome Correspondent for The Tablet. He is a contributor to the Vatican Insider page of La Stampa and a regular commentator for the BBC on Vatican and religious affairs. Christopher studied Theology at Durham University and then completed a postgraduate diploma in journalism at the London College of Communication. Before joining The Tablet he worked at The Daily Telegraph.

Professor Phyllis Zagano of Hofstra University, New York, is an author and lay leader who has carried out significant research into the ministry of women in the early Church. From 2016 to 2018 she sat on a commission set up by Pope Francis to study women deacons and her latest book is Women: Icons of Christ. Her writings have been variously translated into Indonesian, Czech, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Mauricio López is Executive Secretary of CEAMA (Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon) which is working to implement the proposals of the 2019 Amazon Synod, of which he was a participant. He is also the director for Pastoral Action for the Episcopal Conference for Latine America (CELAM). In 2021, he was appointed by Pope Francis as a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. 

Professor Thomas O'Loughlin teaches historical theology in the University of Nottingham, UK. His research has focused on the theology of the early medieval period, and on the works of insular writers in particular.