Youth and college-age young adults are making big decisions about their lives, their priorities and their relationships. This is the moment to help them choose Christ as the center of their commitments. The disciples’ journey moves from encounter to relationships, through formation to mission. This workshop will explore ways to accompany, support and form youth and college-age young adults as acti..
This workshop explores the sacrament of reconciliation as a powerful gift given by God – a gift that has the power to renew the Church. This renewal comes when we focus on the two people who confess – God and the penitent – within the context of the praying community. God is the primary confessor, when he declares his forgiveness for and trust in the one who is celebrating the sacrament. How the f..
Children are filled with wonder. They intuitively use their imaginations to see and engage with the world – and our awesome God. The challenge is to keep this wonder alive as they get older. In this fun and interactive workshop, you will learn skills and techniques that will help you discover creative ways that drama encourages wonder-filled experiences.Anne Frawley-ManganAn experienced educator, ..
After much thought, prayer and discernment, Fr. Rob Galea recently appeared on the 2015 TV series, “The X Factor Australia.” In this workshop, he will be talking (and singing) about connecting today’s pop culture and pop music with our Catholic Christian faith.Fr. Rob GaleaSinger/songwriter Fr. Rob Galea is an ordained Catholic priest currently serving in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. In addition ..
Excellence in ministry requires not only knowledge of Scripture and church teaching, but the ability to use that knowledge pastorally on behalf of God’s people – an art that involves skill, reflection and time. This workshop offers mentorship tools and processes for those entrusted with the pastoral development of the next generation of ministers in the Church.Ann M. GarridoAnn Garrido, is Associa..
Change in life is inevitable. Authentic spirituality teaches how to deal with the suffering that can be associated with stressful times. While we often find periods of “un-change” consoling, mystics of the great spiritual traditions all agree that God is especially accessible to us when life seems to be dissolving through the “sacrament of failure.” This workshop explores “the mystery of deep chan..
With cheaper cameras and access to Internet platforms, there has been an explosion of Catholic video content. Amid all the options, how do audiences find that content? Holy Cross Family Ministries recently commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to conduct a study of the faith life and media use of U.S. Catholic families. Fr. David Guffey will..
The first words of Francis of Assisi’s beautiful canticle of creation – “Praise be to you, my Lord” – open Pope Francis’ powerful encyclical on the environment. Echoing Pope Paul VI, Pope Francis calls all people on Earth to a “radical change in conduct.” How can our liturgies, especially the sacrament of the Eucharist, reflect and participate in the spirit of this encyclical? How are we bound up ..
Our key objective as catechists, who echo the person of Jesus, is to proclaim God’s Word to those to whom we minister. Thus, we embrace Jesus’ mission to “Go ... make disciples of all nations.” As catechists, how do we go about doing this? What might we do to ensure that the disciples of Jesus today come to know and understand God’s Word and their own mission? This workshop will discuss the goal o..
Liam Lawton examines the meaning of mercy in Celtic spirituality. “Advancing in holiness” meant having an awareness of God in all things and all people. The creative energy going out from God is ever-present, ever-changing, and thus challenges us to reflect in our daily lives the mercy and compassion in Jesus Christ. In the Celtic world, all human relations must be characterized by mercy and not j..
Though you could be forgiven for not knowing it, the Church actually describes Lent as a “joyful season.” How can we rediscover stories and images of God’s boundless mercy that are meant to fill us with joy as we are set free in Christ.Rev. Richard Leonard, SJJesuit priest Fr. Richard Leonard is Director of the Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting, based in Sydney, Australia. He has been a Visi..
Jews and Christians tend to see a disconnect between Moses and Jesus – one a man of law, the other of faith. In this workshop, we will explore the deep spiritual connections between these two men of God. Our focus will be on how they both brought their people to faith in and obedience to God.Rabbi Michael MayersohnBased in Southern California, Rabbi Michael Mayersohn is a Reform Rabbi who teaches ..
Join Fr. Jonathan Morris as he suggests practical approaches to making our homes and parishes bright with the light of Christ!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 as Program Director for Sirius..
Christianity has always been fascinated with key texts in Genesis, such as the Imago Dei, the “image” of God. In this session, we will take up Genesis 1-3 once again, but suggest how Genesis opens a dialogue with aspects of evolutionary thought: dialogue rather than rejection!Prof. Daniel L. Smith-ChristopherDr. Daniel Smith-Christopher has taught for 26 years at Loyola Marymount University in Los..
Though we celebrate our faith and nourish our hope on a weekly basis, this does not prevent occasional bouts with disbelief and despair. In such difficult times, it is especially important to participate in the liturgy to affirm our faith and strengthen our hope. This workshop will look at the liturgy as the “source and summit” of our Christian life. We will be reaffirmed in our understanding of t..