We were created for relationships. From the moment we are born, they are central to who we are and who we become. Through our interactions with our parents and family, and through our friendships, we learn the most valuable lessons of life. Building strong relationships in youth ministry is an art. This workshop will provide practical ways to build solid relational ministry that will ultimately po..
Research shows that one in four adolescents cut, carve or burn themselves in order to feel better. You will not want to miss this session, especially if you have ever wondered: “What would make a teenager do this?” and “What can I do to help?”Roy Petitfils, MS, LPCFor 20 years Roy Petitfils has ministered among youth and young adults in parish, diocesan and school settings. Today, a counselor in p..
Katie Prejean teaches high school freshmen and has a recurring nightmare that large groups of children will one day trample her. Both of those facts make her an expert in how to minister to the most awkward kids on the planet: teens, tweens and everything in between. Effectively teaching and ministering to young people between the ages of 11 and 15 can be challenging, intimidating and exhausting, ..
Pope Francis’ call to transform the parish into “a center of constant missionary outreach” is more important than ever. Now is the time to bring the healing message of Christ’s mercy to persons who are poor and marginalized – as Pope Francis says, to go “out from the sacristy and into the street.” This workshop presents pastoral approaches based on insights drawn from “The Joy of the Gospel” and t..
In this session, we will explore two issues in biblical interpretation: 1) the Bible itself as a writing that engages different cultures; and 2) why modern “cross-cultural” analysis of the Bible represents an exciting frontier of biblical interpretation in the 21st century.Prof. Daniel L. Smith-ChristopherDr. Daniel Smith-Christopher has taught for 26 years at Loyola Marymount University in Los An..
The prophet Micah reflects on this God who pardons our sins, delights in forgiveness and continues to have compassion on us. We too are overwhelmed by God’s boundless mercy. In the song, “Greater” by MercyMe, the lyrics state: “I hear a voice and he calls me redeemed.” We are redeemed. Our role is to bring those in our ministries to a point where they also are able to say: “I hear a voice and he c..
Pope Francis chose “family” as the foundational element in reviving the Church, spending much of the past two years teaching, listening and accompanying leaders and parents alike toward a deeper and richer sense of what it means to be church in the world. What impact will Francis’ methods and models, along with the insights and outcomes of the Extraordinary Synod, have upon the daily practice of f..
(originally scheduled with Msgr. Paul Tighe) This workshop will focus on establishing criteria to ensure that the Church maintains an appropriate presence in the environment of social media. The following issues will be addressed: the mission of the Church; the nature of digital culture; the digital presence of believers and Church institutions; and the language of the networks. The workshop will ..
Đức Thánh Cha nhận xét là cả chức sắc trong một xã hội ngày nay cũng tránh trách nhiệm, sợ mất giờ riêng, nên khó kiếm những giáo lý viên trung thành dấn thân nhiều năm. Ngược lại, Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam hy sinh giây phút của cuộc đời, sống Niềm Vui Tin Mừng, yêu người không điều kiện. Là con cháu các ngài, chúng ta rút những bài học để sống Niềm Vui Tin Mừng trên đất Mỹ ngày nay. The Vietnames..
Pope Francis insists that the credibility of the Church rests in how we bring the Gospel to the marginalized. Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, will explore the invitation of Jesus to be courageous in living the Gospel at the margins. Drawing upon 30 years of working with gang members, Fr. Boyle will focus this reflection on joy, hope and the courage of tenderness.Fr. G..
Music is one of the most profound ways in which we give voice to our praise and lament before God through all the seasons of life. This workshop will inspire reflection on ways in which music-making, inside and outside of liturgy, shapes and expresses our belief about one another and about God.Tony AlonsoTony Alonso is one of the most prominent voices in contemporary liturgical music. His latest r..
Here is a creative movement workshop for teachers who work with children, from kindergarten through the sixth grade. Tap into the creative spirit and energy of your students. Come ready to move and learn how to weave some of our favorite songs and dances from several collections of music for young people by OCP artists Mark Friedman and Janet Vogt into your classroom activities.Donna AnderleDonna ..
Learn more about the mission and songs of the Taizé community. Find out ways to introduce this simple prayer to your local community and beyond. Find out why so many are drawn to the life, spirit and song of this international, ecumenical monastic community.David AndersonDavid Anderson is Vice President for Church Music and Senior Editor for GIA Publications, in addition to being Director of Music..
The cycle of stories dealing with King David, found in First and Second Samuel, are among the most compelling, psychologically rich and theologically significant texts that have come down to us from the ancient world. From these great narratives, we learn about sin and grace, courage and duplicity, heroism and corruption. Throughout, we are provided with an incomparably vivid presentation of the e..
This session will unpack the period of pre-Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the faith formation intended by the rite. We will explore the vision of the period – that evangelization and conversion of heart are primary to the context – and make practical applications for the parish.Mary BirminghamMary Birmingham is Director of Liturgy, Music and Christian Initia..