Panel Discussion With Young Adults

Panel Discussion With Young Adults:

Online Event: The Once and Future Church

Wednesday 26 May at 5.00pm

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Presenter Bios:

Scott Evans

Scott is the Church of Ireland Chaplain at UCD

Eric Hughes

Eric is the Church of Ireland Chaplain at DCU. He was previously the youth and schools manager with Scripture Union.

Sr Bernadette Purcell

Sr Bernadette is a Presentation Sister and is full-time Roman Catholic Chaplain at TU Dublin. In this she sees her purpose and focus as being present, creating community on Campus, putting flesh on Faith. In addition Bernadette teaches Sacred Dance/Movement. Recently she has run 10Km over the Covid period.

Young Adult Bios:

Dave Donnelly

Dave Donnelly is a student of Applied Theology & Christian Leadership. He has spent the last 4 years working with young people and young adults for both churches and organisations with a specific focus on equipping, empowering and caring for this demographic.

Alvina Shabu Jacob

Alvina is a young woman representing the diaspora (Indians in Ireland), from the Eastern Christian Tradition. She is a second-year student at TU Dublin pursuing a degree in Computer Science Infrastructure. Alvina is an active youth member of the St Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, Dublin, which follows the Malankara Rite, an Indian form of the West Syriac liturgical rite.

Amy Costello

Amy Costello is 23 years old. She sings in two of her local parishes at the weekend masses and she is soprano with the Arabella voices choir in Tallaght.


Gerard Gallagher

Gerard Gallagher is a Pastoral Co-ordinator in the Archdiocese of Dublin and has worked in youth and young adult ministry for over twenty-five years. He has led numerous World Youth Days and held key roles during the International Eucharistic Congress 2012 and World Meeting of Families 2018.

He is author of a number of books including, Are We Losing the Young Church, Your Child’s Confirmation, Exploring Christus Vivit – Making Room for the Young Church & Return to Me with all your heart. Gerard has been part of Ecumenical Bible Week executive since it began.