Veremos como por la fuerza del Espíritus somos hombre y mujeres distintos. La diversidad se da en que vivimos en una realidad de hijos de Dios, en la que todos los dones que posee el ser humano, en el cristiano se ven aumentados por la fuerza del Espíritu presente en nuestras almas. La fe se agiganta y nos hace creer que viviremos eternamente. El amor crece de tal modo que nos da fuerzas hasta inc..
El secreto mejor guardado dentro del Rito de la Iniciación Cristiana es tal vez la Vigilia Pascual. La gente llega el domingo de Pascua por la mañana preparada para celebrar nuestra nueva vida en Cristo sin darse cuenta de lo que ha ocurrido durante la noche. Esta conferencia examinará los cuatro elementos de la Vigilia Pascual: El lucernario; la liturgia de la palabra; liturgia bautismal; y la li..
As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. We will examine and analyze how throughout the centuries the Church has exalted her in liturgical and devotional practices, and how these forms of piety toward Mary help bring us closer to her Son, Jesus Christ. Rev. Thinh Duc PhamOrdained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2002, ..
Come and explore the daily life of Jesus! What was Jesus’ real life like in first-century Palestine? How much can we really know about his daily life as a carpenter? How did that real life affect his teaching? Fr. James Martin will introduce you to the latest discoveries about Jesus’ life in Nazareth. James Martin, SJJesuit priest Fr. James Martin is Editor at Large of the Catholic magazine, Ameri..
We live in dark and difficult times. For many people this feels like being mired in a swamp, unable to move quickly in any direction. For others, it is like a dance with death, wondering if the end is near. Whether we view our situation individually or culturally, we must learn how to rise up into a new mature religious consciousness. Perhaps the late-Middle Ages poet Dante has some helpful wisdom..
Two weeks after the Religious Education Congress ends, we will gather in our churches to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. This workshop will take us through the Resurrection narratives in the Gospels that we will hear at Mass. We will uncover the power of the symbolic language and subtle references to the earlier life of Christ found in these narratives. Hopefully, we might d..
“Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness” (Mt. 9:35). Inspired by the threefold ministry of Jesus Christ, participants will uncover a practical approach to evangelization: heal the wounded; proclaim the Gospel; and teach the faith. Using highly practical tools with stories ..
Generations of biblical women have “risen to the occasion” to confront injustice, to speak truth to power, to exercise assertiveness, and to impart wisdom. Come and discover how their stories and choices can be transformative for today. Carol J. Dempsey, OP, PhDDominican Sister Carol Dempsey is Professor of Theology (Biblical Studies) at the University of Portland in Oregon, where she teaches grad..
The current divisions in cultures and politics have been compared to a new “tribalism.” Sometimes these tensions are felt in our schools, parishes and dioceses. If God could gather the 12 tribes of Israel into a unified Chosen People, why not us in our time? Together, we will draw inspiration from Bible history and the recent gatherings of “Church tribes” at the Tekawitha Conference, Black Catholi..
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where it is hard to hold onto hope? At times life’s journey feels like stepping out into total darkness. Anyone who has faced a time of serious transition knows how this can feel. Hope is the candle of faith that scatters the darkness and sees us through the Paschal Mystery. Becky Eldredge, an Ignatian-trained spiritual director and retreat leader, shows..
In our death-denying society, people are increasingly planning a “celebration of life” instead of a funeral or doing away with rituals altogether. Afterward, many mourners feel abandoned and alone as they struggle with their grief. How can our parishes do a better job of supporting our families through the experience of death? Learn the essential elements to implement from the Order of Christian F..
Albert Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. This is so true when it comes to prayer! Anne Frawley-Mangan will take you on a creative journey through a variety of prayer styles that engage the imagination. You will learn a variety of ways of praying to share in your school and religious education programs. Anne Frawley-ManganBased in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Anne..
Me, a saint? Hardly! Yet, in this session, we will look at the lives of three saints who affirm the holiness of our own experiences. They, as we will one day, have exchanged their crosses, challenges and longings for a crown of glory. Come, hear what they can teach us and leave feeling encouraged! Sr. Bridget Haase, OSUUrsuline Sr. Bridget Haase, a former missionary to Africa, Appalachia and Mexic..
How can we inspire our children and teens to not only know and love their Catholic faith, but to share it with others? In this session, we’ll examine how to educate and inspire today’s “wired” generation to look to the saints as role models for the courage and mission-mindedness to rise up and boldly encounter a world greatly in need of their gifts. Looking at saints who made a difference, this se..
The fastest growing religious groups in the United States are the unaffiliated: the “nones” who do not connect with any faith community, closely followed by inactive and disaffected Catholics who have detached from the practice of the faith. But hope is not lost. There are creative and compassionate ways to engage these men and women, many of them in the Millennial Generation. This session will gi..