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  The 9th Consultation, Lisbon, Portugal

"Building Bridges - Growing Hope"



The European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy

9th Consultation, Lisboa 2006

November, 2005


A new letter to give to you the latest news about our Lisbon Consultation. Guest of Ecumenical Patriarch, the Committee, met in Istanbul, last days of September. There, we planed the theme and the programme. In Lisbon, we will be building bridges, growing hope. This will be the theme of the 9th ENHCC Consultation: “BUILDING BRIDGES, GROWING HOPE”. I’m including a copy of the provisional programme.

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We will be meeting at the Mother House of a Portuguese Congregation of Sisters who is all over the world offering health care to the poor: the Congregação das Franciscanas Hospitaleiras da Imaculada Conceição. From their house, we see the sea. There are beautiful gardens, a cascade, a hermitage and an angel. [Pictures]  All this calls us to build bridges and to grow hope. Together we will try to find ways to meet this challenge. The house is near Lisbon (25 minutes from the airport). It’s not far. [House Website:]

With this letter you receive the registration form. Please return this by the end of February with the payment. We have a small amount of money available to sponsor participants who need financial help. If you really need it, please tell us and when we know all the needs, we’ll be in touch with you.

We ask you too, to send the description of health care chaplaincy in your country. Even if you have written it before, please update it. So we can learn about one another and build bridges amongst ourselves. For the same reason, can you also introduce yourself and your work? It well be nice.
If it is difficult for you to write it in English, don’t worry, we can help. We also may be able to translate from Español, Français and Deutch. With this information, we plan to print a booklet to give to all representatives. If it’s possible, send your text by e-mail to This information, if you agree, well also appears on the Network Website. There, you can find more information about Lisbon Consultation.

If we can help you, or if you have any questions, please get in touch. With the special support of Comissão Nacional de Pastoral da Saúde (National Pastoral Health Care Commission of Portugal) we will try to answer you.

We will meet at Lisbon and we will hear Fado, the typical song of the Capital of Portugal. You will also have the pleasure of tasting real and old Port Wine, produced on the banks of Douro, the river that flows from Spain to the sea, at Porto.

In centuries gone by, Portugal brought new worlds to the world. It’s from Portugal I have the pleasure to invite you to come to build bridges and grow hope, bringing new worlds to your world, discovering new ways to travel together as the European Network of Health and Care Chaplaincy.


I'll be waiting to greet you!

Fr. J. Nuno
ENHCC 9th Consultation organiser

LISBON, PORTUGAL 17-21 May 2006

“Building Bridges – Growing Hope”





8.00 am

9.00 – 9.30 am  Opening Ceremony

Conducted by Fr.J. Nuno Ferreira da Silva (Portugal) and Chaplain Kathleen O’Conner (Ireland) .

9.30 am  Official visit of Secretary of State for Health

10.15 – 10.45 am   Session 1

10.45 am

11.15 –12.30 pm   Session 1 (Continues)

1.00 pm


2.30 – 4.00 pm Session 2

4.00 pm

4.30 – 6.00 pm Session 3

7.00 pm


7.30 am Opportunities for prayer

8.00 am Breakfast

9.00 – 10.30 am Session 4

10.30 am Coffee

11.00 –12.30 pm Session 5

1.00 pm Lunch

Visit to Lisbon
Traditional Restaurant/Fado Night


7.30 am Opportunities for prayer

8.00 am Breakfast

9.00 – 10.30 am Session 6

10.30 am Coffee

11.00 – 12.30 pm Session 7

1.00 pm Lunch

2.30 – 4.00 pm Session 8

4.00 pm Tea/Coffee

4.30 pm Session 9

7.00 pm Reception

7.30 pm Formal Dinner



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The European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy
9th Consultation, Lisbon 2006

June 28, 2005


With this word, the Portuguese way of greeting friends, I want to invite you all to participate in the 9th Consultation of ENHCC, in Lisbon, from 17th to 21st May 2006.

After our meeting at Dublin, in the Emerald Isle, we will meet again at Lisbon, in the Land of Sun. New and significant steps are approaching in our journey towards the enhancement of the existential, spiritual and religious dimensions in health care.

It was from Lisbon, that Europeans departed, giving new worlds to the world, as we say in our language. I invite you to Lisbon, so that we can discover together new ways for the next step of our journeys in health care.

Here, in Portugal, we will do all we can to help you come and participate. If you have any questions, the best way to contact the Organisers of the
ENHCC 9th Consultation is to use this e-mail address:

Postal address:

ENHCC Lisbon Consultation
Comissão Nacional da Pastoral da Saúde
R. da Beneficência nº 7 - 1º
1050 - 034 LISBOA

Telephones: +351 217 931 435 / +351 217 961 303
Fax: + 351 217 954 212

You can find more information in

Hope to hear from you soon!
Best regards,

Fr. J. Nuno
ENHCC 9th Consultation organiser

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