How is God calling you to serve today? It’s when we listen to the call that we find clarity, joy and gratitude. Part of discerning God’s call is fully understanding how to work toward fostering missionary disciples, and that entails leaving ourselves behind to truly listen, grow in faithfulness and trust where God is calling us to be present, to serve and to witness. Let us walk away with the desi..
In our chaotic and challenging world, we are called more than ever to be a transforming presence – to live with an attitude of discovery and close the gap between what we are learning and how we live. As we move toward a self that is intimately intertwined with others and with all of creation, the discipline of contemplation is essential. Contemplation – walking with God as we take a long, loving ..
Catechists and Catholic schoolteachers: Embrace your mission! Be an intentional, invitational and inspirational agent of evangelization to your students. In this session, Sr. Patricia McCormack will unpack these terms and offer practical, easy-to-replicate ideas. Dr. Patricia M. McCormack, IHMDr. Patricia McCormack, a member of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is an international form..
We have all been living through a rough and tragic and lamentable era with respect to Catholics and sexuality – what with scandals, cover-ups, lawsuits, shame, pain and victims. In the hope of redeeming our relationship with sexuality, both personally and corporately, perhaps we need to return to the basics: Sexuality is a mystery. It is a gift. When we participate in the mystery of sexuality, we ..
This lively presentation will cover: 1) how to be a media mindful youth minister; and 2) copyright and fair use issues of media in youth ministry. Media literacy education specialist Sr. Rose Pacatte will share resources for you to engage in youth ministry using media while respecting legal use and copyright boundaries. Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSPSr. Rose Pacatte, a Daughter of St. Paul, is an author, a..
We naively think that we can raise ourselves and sustain ourselves through goodwill and willpower alone. But even Jesus didn’t raise himself from the dead; the Father had to raise him up. We cannot raise ourselves up all on our own, only God, grace and community can provide us with the sustenance and strength we need to live Christian lives with warmth, happiness, graciousness, nobility of soul an..
In working with thriving parishes across the nation, Bill Simon and his team at Parish Catalyst believe that discipleship development of parishioners and outreach to the unchurched are critical markers for long-term parish vitality. In order for a parish community to develop a disciple-making mindset, a cultural shift must take place in the whole parish. That cultural shift begins with the pastor,..
Louisiana is known for so many fascinating things: jazz, Native-American traditions, Cajuns, Creoles and … gumbo? Yes, gumbo – made from all kinds of ingredients from all kinds of places. Like zydeco music – a blend of traditions. So what would “zydeco biblical theology” look like? Did the ancient Israelites make “gumbo theology” by blending ideas from peoples around them? Spoiler alert: Yes, they..
“Go forth and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19-20): The church which “goes forth” is a community of missionary disciples. In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis writes that he dreams of a missionary option that is capable of transforming everything. When Mary Magdalene went to the tomb, she did not recognize Jesus. Was this because he did not fit into her expectations? Mary had to let go of..
Do RCIA right! Create compelling catechesis in your Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Remove roadblocks. Build your confidence. Turn seekers into lifelong disciples. Crush the “50 percent don’t return” myth. Invoke the “missionary option” that transforms everything! And accomplish all this with the gifts and talents you already have. Nick WagnerNick Wagner is Director and co-founder of the o..
We pass our faith from one generation to another through stories and songs of joy and hope. Bring your inner child and share your joy as we explore songs and strategies that affirm young children in their baptismal call, forming practices that encourage full, conscious and active participation. This is a workshop designed for those who teach young children – and for the young at heart as well!Jame..
In this workshop, we will survey the landscape of youth and young adults today and help examine how they make decisions in their lives. We will explore practical methods for accompanying them in learning the spiritual practice of discernment – in everyday decisions as well as in figuring out God’s call for their lives. This will include tips for helping young people answer the question: “Why did G..
As ministers and people of faith, we are called to respond to our brothers and sisters and their families who today are incarcerated or detained (because of immigration policies). We cannot stand idly by while the children journey in despair because of the plight of their parents. Today, the Body of Christ is incarcerated, the Body of Christ is detained. As St. Paul states, “If one member suffers,..
In 1978, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops published their statement calling for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in parish life. An area in which these individuals have been left out of parish life is catechesis and sacramental preparation. Dr. Madonna Wojtaszek-Healy will explain how catechists can adapt their curriculum activities to accommodate children with all kinds of s..
Entre los seguidores de Jesús hubo mujeres. María Magdalena fue una de estas. Una tradición antigua llegó a calificarla “pecadora publica”; y otra, moderna, ha pretendido desprestigiar su presencia junto al Maestro. Al profundizar con atención las noticias evangélicas, podemos descubrir a una Mujer con “M” mayúscula y aprender a reconocer el servicio que la feminidad presta a la Iglesia. Algo hemo..