Pope Francis made rich use of the Scriptures to support his critically important teaching on the relationship between humanity and the rest of creation. This workshop will examine this treatment and then expand beyond it to equip catechists and preachers with the tools necessary to use the Scriptures as effectively as possible. The goal is to build a deeper consciousness of the value of the create..
As cinema continues to tell us who we are and ought to be, this interactive presentation will consider the place of character education in basic human formation within the context of popular culture and film specifically. Participants will be led in an exercise to articulate and teach values and examine how these can bridge life and faith, integrating catechesis and spirituality in everyday life. ..
Sr. Helen Prejean is a storyteller from the South. During this session, she will relate how she became involved with the Ministry Against the Death Penalty and stories about the many special people she has met along the way. Having witnessed and accompanied six men to their execution, she is passionate about the mission of abolishing the death penalty. She sees no dignity or justice in this punish..
What happened at Ocober’s Synod on the Family, and why does it matter? Topics will include the process, divorce and Communion, annulments, church treatment of gays, and how it can support families in crisis.Thomas J. Reese, SJJesuit priest Fr. Thomas Reese is a senior analyst at the National Catholic Reporter. From 2006 to 2013, he was Senior Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetow..
“Me, an administrator?! How did that happen?” We might not want to think of ourselves as administrators but there is a reason the word “administration” has the word “ministry” imbedded within it. Combining humor with practical insight, coupled with her experience as a parish and diocesan leader, Julianne Stanz will outline creative and practical pathways for leadership and administration with a de..
For centuries, we have surrounded ourselves with Christian symbols. We place them in our churches, our homes, our towns and even around our necks. Sad to say, many people have lost the art of interpreting these symbols and thus have lost access to these daily reminders of our faith. In this workshop, we will look at the origin and role of some of the most important Christian symbols. We will discu..
An active spiritual life that is linked to music helps us be authentic and inspiring music ministers. Come and explore this journey from personal prayer through music rehearsal to Sunday worship.Christopher WalkerChristopher Walker is an internationally known church composer, speaker on liturgical music, and choral conductor. He served as Director of Music for the Clifton Cathedral in the United K..
The Gospel often calls us to be like little children with their boundless energy and loving spirits. It invites us to dance with their spirit and that of the angels, the promise of heaven just before us. Come enjoy this sacred recreation and the joy of God with us, Emmanuel. This interactive workshop will be led by John West, Artistic Director of the Valyermo Dancers. All levels of experience are ..
Các lãnh đạo và giáo lý viên sẽ trở thành những người đào luyện đức tin nên chứng tá cho người trẻ để giúp họ trở thành người Kitô hữu tốt và công dân chân thật.Empower youth leaders and catechists with the means to become protagonists of their faith formation, showing youth with their example how to become leaders by being good Christians and honest citizens.Sơ Đỗ Vương, FMASr. Vuong Do, FMANăm 1..
Why do we have to say, “Black lives matter”? Why do we have to preach, “Who am I to judge?” Why do we have to “March for Life”? Shouldn’t the human race already understand that everyone has been created in the image and likeness of God? Unfortunately, we still live in an era where folks are judged “not by the content of their character” but rather by their race, creed, religion, sex and even sexua..
Veteran Vatican writer John Allen takes a 360-degree look at the highlights and lowlights of Catholic news of the past 12 months, drawing out a few big-picture conclusions about what it all means, and then outlining some important stories to follow in the year to come. This session is for Catholics who want a keen sense of what’s happening to their Church, not just in the United States, but in Rom..
Contemporary cosmology reminds us of the interconnectedness of all material creation. This reality is frequently referred to as “community of Earth.” Several biblical passages from both the Old and the New Testaments will be examined to demonstrate this.Dianne Bergant, CSASr. Dianne Bergant, a member of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Biblical Studie..
There’s a lasting impact on parish families when we minister effectively to the whole family. Nothing replaces experiencing things together. Increase your effectiveness as a faith-sharer, religious educator, community builder and youth minister. Learn to facilitate programs that children, teens, parents and grandparents will all remember! Walk away with a greater understanding of why and how we bu..
There has been a market for our children that exploits them and is often hidden from public scrutiny. In this session, women survivors will speak about their personal experience of trafficking on our streets and will share their wisdom to help us understand how we can protect the most vulnerable. Young people are often lured by job possibilities that turn out to be forms of human trafficking. Lear..
Jesus’ early followers – Paul and the author of Luke/Acts in particular – understand and advance Jesus’ ministry in terms of his “table fellowship.” What does he eat? With whom does he eat? Where does he eat? And what is Jesus teaching us by these scenes dealing with food and dining? What do these New Testament scenes tell us about the Eucharist? Ultimately, the question to be answered is this: Wh..