Midway through his seminary training, Fr. Satish Joseph came to new realizations about discipleship. As he often says, “My primary calling is not to the priesthood, but to be a disciple. My priesthood is an expression of my discipleship.” Using his pastoral experience at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Ohio, Fr. Joseph will share insights for taking the individual call to disciples..
Working with children in search of a relationship with Christ and the Church is challenging. When given the time for trust to develop, to form bonds within a community, to have a sense of God’s presence in their lives and be supported by family and members of the parish, the children begin to have an awareness of faith. The period of the Pre-catechumenate offers children a foundation to be built u..
If your Sunday liturgy is good, but you want it to be great, you may need better liturgical and musical flow. It’s a concept difficult to define yet simple to implement once you know what to look for. Learn how to spot the obstacles and unblock your way to excellent liturgy that fully engages the assembly in word, music and action. Diana MacalintalDiana Macalintal is a presenter and speaker, and c..
The addition of music brings another dimension to understanding and connecting with words. Singing the words of Scripture is a powerful way for children to come to know, love and remember key biblical texts and the core fundamentals of Christian life. Come along ready to sing and explore the Psalms and the words and teachings of Jesus through a range of Australian Michael Mangan’s vibrant, contemp..
The prophets of the Hebrew Bible – from Elijah to Malachi – seek to move us to ethical behavior, demanding that we treat each other and the most vulnerable in our society with kindness and compassion. We will explore those prophetic messages and see how they are relevant today. Rabbi Michael MayersohnRabbi Michael Mayersohn is a Reform Rabbi who teaches the Bible, both Hebrew and New Testament, of..
Young people are the hope of mission! They demonstrate marked concern about the state of the world and are hungry for meaningful change. In this session, we will explore essential strategies for tapping into the missionary zeal of today’s youth. Learn how to inspire a creative leadership in young people to serve and act justly, with great love, to help change our world for the good of all. Discove..
In this interactive workshop, we will use a framework of deep viewing to explore the themes of beauty, truth and goodness in Martin Scorsese’s 2016 cinematic masterpiece, “Silence.” The issues of inculturation/interculturation, mission, vocation, evangelization, colonization, freedom (vis-à-vis coercion) and the moral and ethical dilemmas of the key characters will be considered using clips from t..
In a culture of instant results and doing less to gain more, it is easy to let our faith fall into that trap. Growing in holiness is not a five-step process – it is a relationship. Growing in holiness is rooted in love and enriched though prayer. In this session, we will explore together keys to enriching our faith and sharing it with our family. Bob PerronBob Perron is Director of Youth and Young..
Modern parish catechetical leadership is filled with many joys and many challenges. In 2017, Tom Quinlan was asked to “write the book” on what effective catechetical leadership looks like today. A diocesan director and former parish Director of Religious Education, he brings experience and insights to explore best practices (in areas including marketing, administration, planning, and cate..
We are rediscovering the role of the kerygma (from the Greek, meaning preaching) in our ministry efforts. Without the proclamation of the kerygma, our evangelization and discipleship efforts will not be fruitful for it is the kerygma that awakens the missionary disciple. But what is the kerygma and how does it transform us from being consumers of faith to being active disciples who engage in missi..
In his encyclicals, Pope Francis writes about the frailties and fragility of people. He wants the Church to be careful with people. In his teachings, he has described what some people have called a “revolution of tenderness.” In this workshop, we will consider how two principles – accompaniment and discernment – can help us to be tender in our dealings with people. In this way, we can engage with ..
In this workshop, we will take a look at a most chaotic and desperate period of the life in the Western Church: violence, corruption and greed from top to bottom mark the long days of the 14th century. In an age of war, climate change and disease, women and men respond with hard work and prayer and sacrifice to lead the Church out of the pit. We will review the papacy in France, the Western Schism..
In order to reach people we aren’t currently reaching, we need to do things we aren’t currently doing. Sharing new ideas and trying something new always comes with fear. If we do not deal with fear, it can keep us from the good work God wants us to do. In this workshop, we will look at five key ways to overcome the fears that are a part of doing ministry in the Church. Fr. Michael WhiteFr. Michael..
Come and learn how Courage, the international apostolate, was created to help Catholics with same-sex attractions by creating a group that weaves spirituality and fellowship that follows the 12 Step Programs for Recovery. This session will cover the basic components of Courage and some of Fr. Ed Benioff’s pastoral experience as Director of the Los Angeles Courage Chapter. Fr. Edward BenioffFr. Ed ..
Los tiempos que corren nos invitan a reflexionar sobre estas realidades emergentes desde la perspectiva de la fe: migración como peregrinación hacia un horizonte de Vida; hospitalidad como expresión de respeto por la dignidad propia y ajena; cultura del encuentro como relaciones de respeto y reverencia mutua. Expresar nuestra acogida a quienes vean amenazada su vida por el giro que han dado los ac..