Spirit in the City

Annual conference on faith, public affairs and culture



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8:30am – 9:00am

Conference Registration


9:00am – 9:15am

Conference Opening

David McGovern (Director Catholic Mission, Brisbane Archdiocese)

9:00am – 10:00am

Where there is hatred, let me sow love:
Inside the Christian genocide of the Middle East

Father Douglas Bazi (Chaldean Catholic Church priest from Iraq who survived shooting and imprisonment by ISIS, and parish priest of St Addai, Auckland)

10:00am Morning Tea


10:30am – 11:30am

Winning the ‘No’ Vote On Same Sex Marriage

Dr. David van Gend (Medical Practitioner, Leader of Australian Marriage Forum and spokesman for Coalition for Marriage) and Lyle Shelton (Executive Director, Australian Christian Lobby)

11:30am – 1:00pm

Panel Discussion: Revitalising our parishes

Fr Lam Vu, (Capuchin Friars, St Mary’s Church, South Brisbane)
Fr Adrian Sharp (Regional Tribunal and Moderator of The Oratory in Formation)
Jan Heath (Lay missionary)
Teresa McGrath (Youth Ministry Evangelisation Brisbane)
Fr Douglas Bazi (St Addai, Auckland)
Ora Duffley (
Catholic volunteer SOS Chrétien’s d’Orient and teacher)
1:00pm – 2:00pm



2:00pm – 3:00pm

Advice for a happy life: engaging millennials

Dr Ryan Messmore (Millis Institute)

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Sacred Music Concert

Australian Sacred Music Association and local singers from the Brisbane Oratory Choir

4:00pm – 4:14pm

Conference Closing


6:00pm – 7:00pm Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral



Dinner at Francis Rush Centre with Fr Doulas Bazi