How does evangelization go from being a “buzzword” to a way of life? Where do parishes go wrong and what approaches are bearing the most fruit? How can we measure the success of our evangelization efforts and where do we have the most potential for growth? The answers to these questions may surprise you. Come laugh and learn with Mark Hart as he offers an honest look at modern Catholic evangelizat..
The Bible is not a history book, but a book of truths that are still relevant today. Come and be awakened through Scripture and sing the voice of God in your life. John AngottiBased in Memphis, Tenn., John Angotti is a fulltime music missionary providing concerts, workshops, retreats and worship. He is a frequent presenter at parish missions as well as regional and diocesan conferences across the ..
Many of us ask how much doctrine is enough doctrine when it comes to preparing catechumens for full initiation in the Catholic Church. This session will explore what the Church means when the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) insists that catechists are to present “dogma in its entirety’’ (RCIA, p. 75). Our Catholic tradition is one of the greatest gifts we can pass on to our candidate..
Christ is the model for all religion teachers and catechists. He was called both master (leader) and teacher by his disciples and showed them the way to follow in his footsteps. To become better leaders, we have to become better servants. To become better teachers, we need to become better disciples. With 12 exercises and meditations pulled from current best practices in Catholic spiritual formati..
Mary gave the perfect response to the Word of God. She is both the model of disciples and the mother of all the saints. If we pay attention to all of the hidden activity of her apparently simple and seemingly passive “yes,” we will discover how all of us – and all those we educate and form – are meant to listen to the Word of God and act on it. In this session, the Annunciation narrative will beco..
Discover new ways of hearing the biblical text in relation to some of today’s most pressing issues – including human trafficking, forced migration and immigration, climate change, among other topics. Carol J. Dempsey, OP, PhDDominican Sister Carol Dempsey is Professor of Theology (Biblical Studies) at the University of Portland in Oregon, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students. The ..
Jesus sacredly and consistently models what it means to love our neighbor with compassion and dignity for all. However, current terminology to describe bullying as well as traditional forms of discipline do not align with Jesus’ teachings. In this session, Frank DiLallo will make a compelling case for how common pejorative bullying responses make things worse and will offer some positive, practica..
Do you ever feel like something is missing in life? Do you ever feel like you are on a hamster wheel trying to keep up with life’s rapid pace? Do you wonder how will I find rest in the busyness of life? Do you seek a deeper meaning and purpose for your life? If so, this talk is for you. Learn how God speaks to us through our restlessness and yearning for more. Learn practical ways to pray your lif..
We, as Church, have a long and loving history of the Arts enhancing religious education and celebration. Children especially love to be involved in creative experiences that help them connect their heart, head and hands with heaven. Come and join us as we look at practical ways that the Arts – and drama in particular – can help children develop their religious imagination. There will be a focus on..
Doctrine plays a fundamental role in the life of the Catholic Church, yet few Catholics have a healthy understanding of the proper role of doctrine. This ignorance often leads to abuse as when people accuse those with whom they disagree of heresy. This workshop will provide a healthy and balanced theological framework for appreciating the proper contribution and real limits of doctrine in the Cath..
The World Health Organization reported that in 2015 suicide was the third leading cause of death in adolescents. As a Church, we must address the deep spiritual void that can lead to the loneliness and burden of suffering that can trigger someone to commit suicide. Noelle Garcia will share her witness as someone who struggled with self-harm, depression and suicidal thoughts as a teen and how a rad..
Youth and young adult catechesis in parishes and teaching theology in Catholic high schools/colleges present unique challenges in our postmodern world yet provide great opportunities. The key to effective education-in-faith with this age group is to actively engage the deep hungers of their hearts and then offer the best spiritual foods of Catholic Christian faith. Dr. Thomas GroomeDr. Tom Groome ..
In his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis writes: “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples” (cf. Mt 28:19). “All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization” (#120). Join ValLimar Jansen, an accomplished and acclaimed..
Life is hard, and sometimes hilarious. What do you think are the top five things that can help us – and the people we love – to rise? Each day we are pulled in so many directions that it’s easy to become discouraged. What do you think Fr. Joe Kempf will name as the top five strategies for joy-filled lives and for a hope-filled world? How can we help others – including the children entrusted to our..
We will examine the newly published document by the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis, “The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis,” written to inspire those who are involved in catechetical ministry with adolescents. This interactive session will break open the content of the document as well as facilitate opportunities for participants to engage in the practical applications of the principles presente..