Invitation to Embrace Grace 2012 Annual NCCL Video invitation created by Enedina Saucedo March video invitation created by Diane Kledzik Catholic TV's interviews Lee Nagel (3-21-2012) The 2012 conference will include the election of the new NCCL Officers.
NCCL has long held the belief that "God offers his grace to all" (NDC, n. 42E, p. 167). "'Christ lives in me' is the singular confession of the Christian who has been led by God's grace and who trusts that true life comes only through the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ."(NDC, n. 46, p. 184).
The theme for this year's 76th annual conference and exposition Embrace Grace is an imperative call to embrace all of life for all of life is a gift from God. To adopt the ways of Christ and become a disciple is to freely adopt a way of life that is full of God. "Grace conforms the Christian to Christ. It enables us to give ourselves freely in response." (NDC, n. 42A, p. 163).
As you rush to the sun in southern California and San Diego in particular, please know that the program for this conference and exposition is designed to shatter the darkness, to destroy despair and to allow the grace and blessings of the Easter season to encompass you in the radiance and joy of the One who Lives! Come join us as we Embrace Grace and Live in that Grace! ¡Vive la Gracia!
General Sessions - Great speakers – Great topics
Monday keynote: Rev. Frank DeSiano, CSP – President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries and author Theme: Embrace the People Sponsored by Paulist Evangelization Ministries
Tuesday TED keynotes: Martha Fernández-Sardina – Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of San Antonio Theme: Embrace the Message
John Roberto – Pioneer in Intergenerational Catechesis Theme: Embrace Faith
Jonathan Sullivan – Director of the Office of Catechesis, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Theme: Embrace New Methods Wednesday TED keynotes: Marcellino D’Ambrosio – lecturer and author on the Catholic faith Theme: Embrace Grace in the Sacraments
Ann Garrido - Associate Professor of Homiletics, 2000-, Director of Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Theme: Embrace Grace in the Church
Jack Jezreel – Founder and Director of JustFaith Theme: Embrace Grace in the World
ValLimar Jansen – Composer, singer, storyteller, lector, inspirational speaker Theme: Embrace and Live the Mission Sponsored by RCL Benziger
* A TED style keynote is a 17 minute, intense, in depth presentation by top people in their respective fields from a specific discipline and.or perspective with time afterward to reflect, integrate, and apply, sometimes with follow-up learning sessions as appropriate.
Why join NCCL
As a Hispanic Young Adult committed to catechetical formation, within the context of Lifelong Faith Formation, NCCL has been for me a font of inspiration and a vital tool for my vocation. NCCL has helped me with necessary resources and with the opportunity to make new friends committed to our Lord. I have experienced NCCL as a professional organization, a vanguard in ministry, and committed to the Gospel that also counts on the ability to gather many high caliber professionals with a global vision, and at the same time, has helped me grow in my ministry.
By Adrián A. Herrera, Associate Director, Office of CCE, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
NCCL is a great venue to network with people from different parts of the country (and sometimes beyond) who, like me, have been called to serve as catechetical ministers. It broadens one's perspective to learn from and share with ministers from different kinds of backgrounds and expertise. By the grace of God, through NCCL I have met great people and have learned lot, my ministry has been enriched by this experience.
Libia E.Páez-Howard Vicariate Catechetical Coordinator Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Chicago
2012 NCCL Conference Planning Committee
Bryan Reising, Committee Chair, Diocese of New Ulm
Julianne Donlon-Stanz, Publicity, Diocese of Green Bay
Richard Drabik, Tech Sessions, University of Dayton
Gina Felter, Publicity, St. Malachy Parish
Ann Gage, Learning Sessions, Blessed Sacrament Parish
Jim Gontis, Learning Sessions, Diocese of Harrisburg