May 31, 2016
Contact: Robert (Bob) Sime


Press Release, Advance Notice
For Release June 02 2016

600 people from as far away as Australia and Columbia will descend on Halifax for a first-time event on Mon June 13 and Tues June 14.

The sold-out conference will be chaired by Father James Mallon; pastor of Saint Benedict Church in Halifax. Father Mallon has won international acclaim for his work on offering practical solutions on the challenges of the modern-day Catholic Church. His work has reached readers around the globe.

The conference aims to bring together people to discuss how to renew and grow their local church as many around the world grapple with a shrinking number of parishioners.

Saint Benedict Church has bucked the trend, growing its congregation in Halifax and embracing new approaches.

“The whole event will be much of a ‘think tank’ experience,” says Father Mallon. “Saint Benedict Church is a work-in-progress, implementing the renovation model that the delegates are coming to witness, learn about and discuss.”

Father Mallon is the author of the bestselling book Divine Renovation: From a Maintenance to a Missional Parish, which prompted this unique conference. It has been translated into Spanish and French and there are over 30,000 copies in circulation in the United States alone. 

For more information, or to arrange an interview or attend as a member of the press

Please contact


Bob Sime
Media Relations
DR 16
(902) 482-2275
Cell/text (902) 225-8084

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Talking points 

What makes this conference so unique?

  • Large global demand for guidance on rejuvenating church parishes in 2016: Conference organizers originally hoped for 300 delegates but were overwhelmed by the response. There are currently 600 delegates, with more on the waitlist.
  • The attendance is multi-denominational: Christians of all denominations have registered to learn from each other and from this Halifax Catholic parish on how to foster growth.
  • It’s not your ordinary group: Among the delegates is a motorcycling bishop and an Iraq war veteran turned priest. One-on-one interviews can be arranged with advanced scheduling and availability. Contact Bob Sime, Media Relations.
  • It is also multinational: Just about every province in Canada is represented among the delegates, along with international delegates from Britain, France, Australia, Germany, Austria, Spain, Columbia, Uganda Mexico and over twenty U.S. states.
  • Most delegates have never been to Nova Scotia: Over 85% of the delegates have never been to Nova Scotia and many have never travelled to Canada. The conference will be providing translation services in Spanish and French.
  • Who is Father James Mallon? Born in Scotland, he moved to Nova Scotia as a boy and was raised in Cheticamp and Dartmouth. He became pastor at Saint Benedict Parish in 2010.


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