O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
and our own most gentle Queen and Mother,
look down in mercy upon England,
thy Dowry, and upon us all who greatly
hope and trust in thee.

Through thee it was that Jesus our Saviour
and our Hope was given unto the world;
and he hath given thee to us that we
might hope still more.

Plead for us thy children, whom thou
didst receive and accept at the foot
of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother.
Intercede for our separated brethren,
that they may be united with
us in the one true Fold. Pray for us all,
dear Mother,that by faith fruitful in good
works, we may all deserve to see and
praise God together with thee in our
heavenly home.


Kristina Cooper is a well known and gifted speaker. She is editor of the GoodNews magazine for Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in Britain and Ireland. GoodNews is a pastoral and inspirational magazine with an openness to the insights of other Christian traditions but faithful to the teaching of the Catholic Church. Kristina will also MC the conference.

Fr Pat Deegan is the Spiritual Director for the Northern Catholic Conference and is parish priest at Our Lady's & St Alphonsus in Moss Side, Manchester. He is very well known at the conference and we look forward to hearing him again. Fr Pat holds a masters degree in counselling from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

Fr. Eamonn Mulcahy is a Spiritan or Holy Ghost Father originally from Manchester. A priest since 1980, he has extensive missionary experience, working with young adults, teaching theology and giving retreats. From 2006-2013 Fr. Eamonn lectured in Systematic Theology at Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya and at the same time was heavily involved in education projects in the infamous slum of Kibera in that same city. Back in Manchester as Parish Priest in the inner city since 2013, he has also been appointed as one of the Episcopal Vicar for Religious in his home Diocese of Salford.

Steve Murray is a Christian mime artist and creative artist. Behold is not just a mime ministry....it’s human theatre where the gospel is delivered in a fresh, unique and inspirational style. Combining mime and preaching, Steve has ministered in 18 nations in conferences, churches, schools, missions, theatres and prisons.

David Wells is a very accomplished speaker and retreat giver. His range includes running Confirmation groups through to giving a keynote speech to 35,000 people at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. He adds both humour and profound insights in his talks.

We are very fortunate to have Don Maclean with us this year to help provide us with some light hearted entertainment on the Saturday evening. He is one of the country's leading comedians and after dinner speakers. In the 2001 New Year's Honours list, Don was awarded an MBE for his services to ecumenism and inter faith Dialogue. In 2012, he was made a Papal Knight for using his work to further the Roman Catholic faith.