One of the most remarkable qualities of Jesus of Nazareth was his ability to engage people from different cultures and walks of life. Such a quality stems from his freedom from prejudice and his love for all humanity. This same quality is also present at Pentecost, as the disciples free themselves from their fear, led by the Holy Spirit to the joyful proclamation of the Gospel. This workshop explo..
>Have you dreamed of going on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land? Come dance your way through the sacred sites of Israel. With slides and images inviting you into a prayer of the imagination, whirl with David at the Western Wall, gesture Mary’s prayer in Nazareth, sway with the Babe in Bethlehem, embody the Beatitudes, step into the story of the sisters at Bethany, pray with Jesus through the Garden of..
From the experience of working with gang members for 30 years, Fr. Greg Boyle will talk about what members of one of society’s most demonized populations have taught him about humility and fidelity, goodness and God. The measure of our compassion lies not in our service to those on the margins but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them. Fr. Boyle will explore the hope for th..
We’ve all experienced that feeling – being in a full church or hall or stadium, with the congregation or crowd singing one song in one voice. Shivers down the spine and tears in the eyes! Music has this power to lift our spirits, unite us in Spirit, to rise up as one. Come and join Andrew Chinn as he shares songs gathered from his decades of experience as an elementary teacher and music minister, ..
At times, being Catholic looks like simply going through the motions of pray, pay and obey! But, we are made and are longing for something more, something profound, something bedazzling. And, like Dorothy at the end of her journey to Oz, we know there is no place like home. For Christians, home is in the heart of God ... the divine Trinity. We share in that home as a communion of saints, in the co..
In this workshop, we will explore St. Ignatius of Loyola’s teaching on discernment as applied to daily living. We will focus specifically on Ignatius’ classic rules (practical guidelines) for discerning what is of God and what is not in our daily spiritual experiences. We will examine Ignatius’ own experience, clarify the basic steps in discernment of spirits, and then indicate the practical tools..
Red or blue, pro or against, ban or sanctuary? Does our Christian tradition offer multiple ways to respond to the suffering immigrant neighbor, or just one? Is the United States a perfect land of opportunity and freedom, or is it a land that needs to examine its conscience, admit mistakes and resolve to do better? In this session, theologian Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu examines these complicated and ..
The contemporary turn to “the historical Jesus” by Catholic Scripture scholars poses a revolution in both the content and process of catechesis and religious education. In the Jesus of history, we find the defining content for what to teach and the pedagogy for how to teach it. It signals a new day for the Church’s whole catechetical and evangelizing ministry. Dr. Thomas GroomeDr. Tom Groome is Pr..
How do we ensure the Catholic faith is being lived out in our own marriage, family and home? How can we empower those in the parish to create domestic churches? How do we help those who minister not to allow their own prayer lives and families to be lost while serving the greater church? How do we enliven the next generation to carry on this gift of the Catholic faith for centuries to come? Mark H..
Have you ever asked: “Why should I care anymore?” Yes, life is difficult. Yes, obstacles are real. But if we see it only as a struggle, our mindset is consumed by the next bigger and badder thing. And we never arrive. Terry Hershey helps us see that we are not being asked to let go of the obstacle; we can let go of the struggle. Our letting go is predicated on a holding onto. Meaning that this obs..
In this exciting workshop, we will consider grace, which is how God dwells with us in the nitty gritty of our daily lives. God’s graceful indwelling continually shapes and calls us. We experience this grace in many ways, but we often don’t recognize it, or having seen it, don’t embrace it. Bill Huebsch offers us a practical and exciting guide to help us recognize grace when we see it: in our own l..
According to the latest U.S. Census, statistics show there are numerous things American women face each day that can cause pessimism and despair. Nonetheless, they “rise up” each day with a firm commitment to walk in joy and create happiness. Happiness is more than something you find or controlled by the wheel of fate. Joy is fruit of the Holy Spirit. There are many steps one can take each day to ..
“Sin” is a word that seems to have fallen on hard times. Yet it is an obvious reality in contemporary life. This session will look at the development of the Catholic understanding of sin as it has moved from a focus on keeping rules to a summons to treat others justly. We will also examine what we mean by “social sin” and “structures of sin.” The end result will be a more “adult” understanding of ..
What will the future hold for the Church’s pastoral ministry with youth and young adults? This is one of the primary questions reflected upon as part of the October 2018 Synod of Bishops. The synod will provide the Church a unique opportunity to listen and focus our attention on ministry with the younger members of our faith communities. This workshop will suggest ways that your community can be e..
“What are you looking for?” These are the first words Jesus speaks in John’s Gospel. Today, the question is: Are we still seeking him, and where are we looking for him? Who are we using as a go-between – someone to get us closer to Jesus, to give us an “in” with him – as Philip and Andrew do with the Greeks/outsiders? Or are we now living and connecting others with Jesus, as his disciples and maki..