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Dr Nicola Brady

CHURCHES: The Irish Council of Churches has appointed Dr Nicola Brady as general secretary.

Dr Brady comes to the role with a wealth of ecumenical experience and a commitment to social justice, having served as research coordinator for the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Northern Ireland Catholic Council on Social Affairs.

As part of this role she has coordinated inter-church engagement in a wide range of social policy areas, including poverty, migration, mental health, and peace and reconciliation. She was also a member of the management committee of the Irish Churches' Peace Project, 2013-2015.

"Churches bring a unique and valuable perspective to the major challenges facing our society," Dr Brady said.

"Most importantly, they bring the Christian message of hope to those who are struggling. I look forward to building on the significant work that has been done to date by the Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter-Church Meeting to respond to the many different needs in our local communities, united by a shared commitment to Gospel values."

CHOIR: Holy Family Church in north Belfast is hosting a Concert of Sacred Music and Vespers featuring the acclaimed University of Notre Dame Folk Choir.

The choir will sing 10 pieces followed by sung vespers. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection in aid of parish funds. Refreshments will be served.

The concert will take place on Monday May 23 at 7:30pm.

LE CHÉILE LECTURE: The annual Le Chéile Together Lecture will take place at St Mary's University College on Tuesday May 10.

Owen Dudley Edwards, Honorary Fellow in American and Commonwealth History at the University of Edinburgh, will deliver a lecture entitled How Catholic was the Easter Rising?

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