Pope Francis challenges the Church to acknowledge difficult pastoral situations and respond with love and mercy. The Synod on the Family has accordingly opened a space to hear the stories of families of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics. In this workshop, we will present a brief background of Church teachings on homosexuality. Our focus will be discussing the writings surroun..
A friend in need is a friend indeed. And we need each other most of all when life doles out inevitable grief and loss. Yet, because we are never taught what to say and what not to say, we perpetuate mistakes and platitudes that too often fail to comfort. Learn about grief itself – what the experience is like and what is normal. Learn practical strategies and words that are truly comforting. Look a..
Join Fr. Rob Galea as he recounts his personal story of coming through sadness, anxiety and anger to a place of hope. He will share this journey through story and music.Fr. Rob GaleaSinger/songwriter Fr. Rob Galea is an ordained Catholic priest currently serving in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. In addition to his series of recordings and CD releases, he has written a number of songs for various ev..
In their theology curriculum, Catholic high schools are uniquely situated to nurture the faith life of their students at a time when it is most strategic for their spiritual growth. Are we taking full advantage of this opportunity? The U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Curriculum Framework for Young People, when coupled with engaging and effective pedagogy, can help us to meet the challenges.Dr..
Why did God become human? The typical answer – “because of human sin” – suggests the Word would not have become flesh had humanity not sinned. However, a closer look at Scripture, the theological tradition and the insights of key Christian thinkers such as St. Paul, Irenaeus of Lyons, John Duns Scotus, Thomas Merton and Francis of Assisi, among others, offer an alternative yet entirely orthodox an..
Using her unique style of storytelling, music and inspirational message, ValLimar Jansen will lead participants through a journey in which they’ll meet women of Scripture and tradition who encountered Jesus at a pivotal moment in their lives. What can we learn from them? What can they reveal to us about God’s boundless mercy? What can they teach us about how to respond in faith?ValLimar JansenTrav..
This session will be an exploration of celebrating mercy through the texts, music and gestures of the Eucharist, the sacrament of reconciliation, the anointing of the sick, and the Liturgy of the Hours. Various resources will be presented.Fr. Jan Michael JoncasComposer, author and speaker, Fr. Michael Joncas is Artist in Residence and Research Fellow in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Th..
What do neuroscience and contemplative practices have in common? A lot more than you might think! Come join us in exploring our contemplative tradition, from the Desert Fathers and Mothers to the saints, mystics, Thomas Merton, Mother Teresa, Karl Keating, and more. These spiritual guides provide timely advice on how to nurture silence and live in the present moment, enhancing our lives in myriad ..
Music can help open our ears, eyes and hearts to core Gospel values. Join Australian composer Michael Mangan as he presents a vibrant and engaging intergenerational repertoire sure to inspire children and adults alike to experience and embrace the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Bring your voice and be ready to sing!Michael ManganMichael Mangan is a composer, teacher and music liturgist from Brisbane, Quee..
This workshop explores the reality of black Catholic faith today, especially in light of the challenges of racial justice in our country. After looking at these challenges, we will examine the responses of the Catholic Church and then see the contributions that black Catholics can make as the quest for social justice continues.Fr. Bryan N. Massingale, STDFr. Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Archd..
In this session – and in this Year of Mercy – Fr. Jonathan Morris will talk about letting go of resentment, anger and a misplaced passion for fairness to embrace the freedom of mercy.Fr. Jonathan MorrisFr. Jonathan Morris is currently Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bronx, N.Y., and was parochial vicar at the historic St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City. Fr. Morris previously served..
Aren’t we all sick of hearing how “they” are like that and “they” just don’t get it? Enough with the “us” and “them”! Are we Catholic or not? Is this Church big enough for all of us or not? Pope Francis is cutting through these divisive factions and offering a way forward as a community that is united enough to be a family even when we disagree. What is he doing, and can we adopt it in our lives?D..
In St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Apostle to the Gentiles asks, “How can they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach?” (10:14). In these two basic questions of faith, Paul points out that we need ministers of Christ who are willing to answer the questions the followers of Christ may want to ask. This interactive workshop will deal with som..
First, we must answer two important questions: What are the Eastern Catholics Churches? What is their origin? The answers will show that the Eastern Churches are an essential part of the universal Church of Christ, which would be incomplete without them. They are very relevant to the life of the Church today, and the beauty of their theology, spirituality and liturgy has enlivened the faith and ar..
Empowering the young Catholic faithful as authentic witnesses is hard work! Through the lens of genuine discipleship formation, we will immerse ourselves in authentic realistic approaches. Come learn about creative leadership empowerment in youth ministry. This workshop will break open effective and practical means of developing healthy youth leaders in your faith community not just today, but for..