Welcome to the Hedge ’23

Friday 25th – Sunday 27th August 2023

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The Hedge Summer School

Main Street, Drum, Knock, Co. Mayo, F12 PK20

We are meeting this year and gathering at Knock, Co. Mayo, enabling all participants to experience the Eucharistic/Marian shrine at Knock in a very relaxed pilgrimage.

Our speakers include:

Fr. Vincent Twomey – (Keynote speaker) The Life & Work of Pope Benedict XVI

Born in Cork, 1941, D. Vincent Twomey, SVD, studied theology in Maynooth. After his doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Ratzinger, University of Regensburg, he taught dogmatic theology at the Regional Seminary, Papau New Guinea, and at the SVD Faculty of Theology at St Gabriel’s, Mödling, Austria, before his appointment, first as lecturer in Moral Theology, and then as Professor at the Pontifical University, Maynooth. He has featured prominently in public discourse in Ireland and has published extensively. 

Fr Brendan Kilcoyne – Priest of the Archdiocese of Tuam, and currently Parish Priest of Athenry. He has a background in teaching, School Chaplaincy, educational leadership, and Church administration. He is the presenter of Immaculata ProductionsThe Brendan Option.

Rev. Gavan Jennings – A native of Dublin, a priest of the Opus Dei Prelature. He studied philosophy at University College  (Dub, Ireland), and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, and is currently the editor of the Position Papers monthly review of books.

Mr James Bradshaw – Writer who frequently contributes to Catholic publications, including Position Papers, Alive & Mercator, where he writes on topics such as politics, history, literature, film and culture

Mr David Power – A graduate of UCD, and a registered architect. He worked on social housing in Paris in the 1990s. His practice Cox Power has been selected for many awards & publications, including Architects of Ireland Award for Best Housing

Mr Henry Horkan – Retired teacher, a keeper of bees and a seeker of truth. Remember: not a beekeeper.


The cost of the weekend is €230 per person, sharing, including shared accommodation and meals.
Holy Mass celebrated on Sunday. Opportunity for confessions.

The emphasis will be on shared prayer, stimulating talks, vigorous discussion and good company.

Event attendance is limited to 50 participants, not including speakers.

Please note that by supporting this event you are helping to found what we hope will become an important annual occasion in the Irish Catholic calendar.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please note:

Immaculata Productions will not be making any profit from the event so any donations are very much appreciated.

Spaces are limited, book yours now to avoid disappointment!

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