In a different kind of session, come and hear Fr. James Martin read excerpts from his first novel, “The Abbey.” Anne is a recently divorced woman struggling to make sense of the death of her young son. Mark is a handyman at a Trappist abbey, frustrated with a stalled career and the turns his life has taken. Paul is the abbot of the Abbey of Sts. Philip and James, and wonders about the loneliness h..
Through the centuries, monks and mystics have called us to a deep encounter with the boundless mercy of God. Come enter into six simple participatory dances based on the gifts of the mystics for our time. Dance with King David, kindle the Divine Fire with abbess Amma Syncletica, sail on a sacred voyage with St. Brendan, encounter God’s greening power with Hildegard of Bingen, enter the flow of the..
In the Old Testament, the word for “mercy” is derived from the same word as “womb.” Therefore, one might say that Divine Mercy is “womb-love.” This idea is found again and again in passages that depict God’s care.Dianne Bergant, CSASr. Dianne Bergant, a member of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Ch..
In this session, Caroline Brennan will share reports from the front lines of emergency and developmental work across the world, including recent events in Northern Iraq, the Syrian border, Eastern Ukraine and the Philippines. Perspective, stories and insights of the Church’s response to the most pressing humanitarian crises of today will be discussed.Caroline BrennanCaroline Brennan is Senior Comm..
Many families drift away from church during the stressful early childhood years. At parishes, we may struggle with the question of what we can offer them. We wonder how to communicate God’s Boundless Mercy to them. This is when we need to help parents step into their role as the primary cultivators of faith for their children. But we need to start with where they are. This workshop will explore ho..
Music is a path to the heart and a path to faith. Come and join Australian Andrew Chinn on a journey through the school and liturgical year and see how music can be used to enhance teaching and learning, prayer and celebration, sacraments and liturgy. From September to June, from kindergarten to eighth grade, from Christmas to Holy Week, from baptism to confirmation through graduation, Andrew will..
Every Catholic parish in the world wants to grow and multiply, but few seem able to achieve it. Why? How can two parishes, in the same region with similar populations, produce such different levels of engagement? Both have the same ancestry, same sacraments, same love from God. The difference is behavioral. Tap into a few of the essential behaviors all growing parishes share. It’s not an accident,..
“Aid in dying” legislative proposals have defined the American public debate in various states, most recently in California with Senate Bill 128. The conversation, and the ethical challenge it entails, is here to stay, quite independent of its unsure legal trajectory. The challenge must be met by competent response on the part of the Catholic community. Far from demonizing the understandable appea..
If you think God can’t forgive you or that He is angry with you, this is the talk you’ve been waiting for! We will take a look at how our most merciful Father has loved us from the beginning of time and how, even though we keep messing up, He continues to love us through our faults and weaknesses. As a matter of fact, God laughs at us continually because we don’t seem to learn the lesson. If you w..
As important as it was, the Second Vatican Council represented an “unfinished building site” in which important work was left uncompleted. This workshop will offer an understanding of the work still to be done in completing the council’s unfinished project, using the pontificate of Pope Francis as a guide.Dr. Richard GaillardetzDr. Richard Gaillardetz is the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic..
Pope Francis is calling the Church to redouble our efforts in the great program of renewal and reform that the Holy Spirit launched on the Church and the world with the Second Vatican Council. This presentation will reflect on some pressing challenges in our time and how best to respond to them.Dr. Thomas GroomeDr. Tom Groome is Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, wher..
Baptized uncatechized; baptized and never catechized in another Christian tradition; non-practicing baptized Catholic who missed First Communion and confirmation; practicing Catholic who missed confirmation; practicing Episcopalian who wants to become a Catholic – the list goes on and on. This workshop will focus on the question: Who belongs in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) pro..
There is an explosion of scientific and clinical data regarding the inter-relationship among spirituality, human health and well-being. Yet many health-care professionals and those trained for ministry often miss the connection of science, medicine and the sacred work of healing. The Soul & Science of Healing offers a model where the lay minister and parish community of the future can provide a mo..
In our hearts, we are all dancers. God wants us to be our true selves – joyous, aware and living each moment with arms wide open, responding to the love of the Beloved. So why do we choose to live guarded and afraid, our days filled with hurry and noise? Fear labels and dismisses and restricts. The voice of grace tells us we are more than our labels, more than our fear. The Hopi say, “To watch us ..
While some philosophers claim that the name of God is “pure being” and some theologians claim that the primary name of God is “the good,” Fr. Dan Horan suggests the name of God is best understood as “relationship.” Beginning with the way God reveals who God is to creation throughout Scripture and moving toward a deeper look at what the spiritual wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis and ot..