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..
What if God laughed – so much more often than you thought? What if God wept – more tenderly than you ever pictured? What if the mercy in the heart of God were indeed boundless – beyond anything you could ever earn, deserve or imagine? What if there were ways for you to experience all of that in your own heart? Would you like a taste? Using stories, demonstrations and the wisdom and insight of 35 y..
Whether we like it or not, the media is now a major player in forming the hearts, minds and values of our young people, especially in regard to sexuality. How did we get here? What’s happening now? What can we do about it?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 Visiting Professor..
So much of our liturgical “circle of life” is contained in the songs we sing. Australian composer Michael Mangan will lead us on a musical journey through the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter as he shares his passion for vibrant, inclusive and meaningful music in parish and school liturgy, and in catechesis.Michael ManganMichael Mangan is a composer, teacher and music liturgist from B..
The line from Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” begins a prayer: “…we do pray for mercy; and that same prayer doth teach us all to render the deeds of mercy.” These words – mercy, pity, compassion, justice – what do they mean? How do we express them beyond words in our deeds and priorities? How do we look like our God for others? Come listen, obey and catch a glimpse of mercy’s power and pres..
Are Catholics in their 20s and 30s really as absent and apathetic they say we are? Maybe the Church is trying to catch up with how we experience and express our deep faith and desire to live the Kingdom that Jesus preached. How do we take our place in the Church and hold onto our unique insights and contributions? How do we help our peers see that the Church is a place where they can find meaning,..
This workshop will explore the historical and theological relationship between Islam and Catholicism with a focus on contemporary challenges such as ISIS, the environment, and Islam in America.Jihad Mohammed TurkJihad Turk, the former Imam/religious leader at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles, is founding President of Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school at the Clarem..
This session invites you to participate in one of the most merciful actions people of faith can participate in: to self-reflect, understand and put into action our faith teachings as they relate to the use of the death penalty as a form of justice. Chaplain Javier Stauring will moderate a panel of inspiring and insightful speakers, including gang intervention expert Fr. Greg Boyle, activist Mike F..
Do you spend inordinate amounts of time in a car? Do you find yourself trying to become more rooted spiritually even though you’re constantly on the move? Bishop Joseph Tyson from the Diocese of Yakima, Wash., will share 10 key lessons he’s learned from the migrant ministry in which he and his seminarians have been engaged that apply to people on the move who desire to grow spiritually in their lo..
Have you ever walked into a church and felt a sense of community? As a parishioner, do you feel you are valued in this environment? Does your parish model the virtues of integrity, responsibility and respect? It is the ability to treat people well that is the success in our churches; it is knowing how to listen, talk, write and establish rapport with others. This is key to successful leadership. T..
Some people credit/blame the Jesuits with helping write the 12 Steps of Recovery. This is not true. Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, did not meet his first Jesuit until 1940 when he was five years sober. Ignatius of Loyola developed a way of living and thinking that fosters a life of gratitude and service. Many have commented on the similarities of these two spiritual path..
Sitting in a small kitchen in an apartment just off Harvard Square near the center of Cambridge in Massachusetts, author Robert Wicks discussed with spiritual writer Henri Nouwen the true importance of the attitude of “availability.” That encounter over 30 years ago was to prove transformative as he began a lifelong journey of fathoming the balance of being present to others, himself and God. Star..