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Ablaze 2022 Conference

Ablaze 2022 is coming! Our Parish Renewal Conference is happening on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November 2022

Keynote speakers (including Bishop Michael), workshops and prayer!

Save the date now check back regularly for updates of information!

Venue Information

Our venue for Ablaze is the Aldersgate Centre, located at 309 Durham Street, Christchurch

This is an inner city venue and we will provide parking options closer to the time.

Speaker Information

We have a great line up of keynote speakers who will share their passion for evangelsation and parish renewal!

Bishop Micheal Gielen

Appointed as our bishop in May 2022, Bishop Michael comes with practical experience of parish life and seeking to grow a parish for mission.

Anna Stuart

Anna Stuart is the Director of Global Operations with Divine Renovation Ministry, responsible for the growth and mission of the Ministry’s global footprint. A parishioner at Saint Benedict Parish, Anna and her family have had the privilege of being part of the parish’s maintenance to mission journey from the beginning. Anna currently serves as Chair of the Saint Benedict Parish Pastoral Council and is a member of the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth Finance Council.

Professionally, Anna brings more than 25 years of experience as a business owner, executive coach and executive recruiter, accountant, and trusted advisor. She has extensive experience and leadership roles in business including tow large pubic accounting firms.

Anna is a Certified Executive Coach and Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, a Fellow Certified Management Consultant, and has a Master’s of Business Administration Degree in Health Administration. She is experienced in interpretation of Gallup Strengths Finder assessments.

Anna’s passion for people, public and community service is demonstrated through her active involvement with community and professional groups. Anna is a member of the Finance Committee of the Sacred Heart School Network, has served as Chair of the International Women’s Forum (Atlantic Chapter), Brigadoon Children’s Camp and the Sacred Heart School of Halifax and as Director on the Boards of the Nova Scotia Health Authority Board and the Nova Scotia Community College Board.

Fr Chris Ryan MGL

Fr Chris is the parish priest of St Declan’s, Penshurst and our Lady of Fatima, Peakhurst in the Sydney Archdiocese. His PhD explored the RCIA as a source for youth ministry in a secular age, and he is the founder and director of the Arete Centre for Missionary Leadership, which focuses upon formation for the Church’s ministry of evangelisation. He is the co-editor of Australian Catholic Youth Ministry: Theological and Pastoral Foundations for Faithful Ministry and a co-author of Preaching on Purpose: A Divine Renovation Handbook for Communicating the Gospel Today. Fr Chris is passionate about the need for parishes to be evangelising communities.

Programme Information

We are just finalising the programme so check back soon for details!


Registrations are not yet open as we are finalising the programme!

The inaugural Ablaze conference was fantastic. Images from the last Ablaze!