Fr. Bud Kaicher and staff of St. Francis of Assisi, Vista, CA
Pd. Raul Ramírez López & Amparo B. de Navarro
Dr. José Antonio Medina
Raul and Amparo Navarro & Pd. Julio Domenech
Sr. Rose Pacatte
Jo Ann Paradise
Fr. Leo Patalinghug
Rosa Monique Peña, OP
Sr. Edith Prendergast
Brian Singer-Towns, MThs
Dr. Nancy Thompson and Janice Benton
Tom and Rita Walters
404 Leadership Recruiting, Retaining and Forming Catechists by José Amaya and Rita Ann Martinez In Evangelization in the Modern World, #14, Pope Paul VI affirms that "the Church exists to evangelize". In this workshop, we will engage participants on the art of motivating members of the parish to become committed catechists in constant formation to be effective disciples and evangelizers proclaiming Christ in the context of the new evangelization. We will share best practices and tools.
José Marino Amaya is currently the Coordinator of Course Promotion and Hispanic Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Washington where he is responsible for catechist formation, leadership development, RCIA, and High School Religion Teacher certification, etc. He has 10 years of experience in the catechetical field. José is an Animator of the Forum for Catechesis with Hispanics of NCCL. He has a Masters in Divinity from Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC.
Rita Ann Martinez is the Director of Family Faith Formation of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Galveston-Houston Archdiocese. She has served for 30 years in the catechetical field as a youth minister, DRE, and Catholic School Teacher in dioceses in New Mexico and Texas. She teaches formation classes in both English and Spanish for PCL's. Rita Ann is president of a local professional PCL chapter. She has a BA in Religious Studies and a MA in Theology from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio along with certifications in youth ministry and pastoral ministry coordination.
101 Diocesan: Diocesan and Parish Leaders Building Engaged Parishes Together How do diocesan directors enable leaders in parishes to develop an engaging parish? Why would diocesan and parish catechetical leaders care about working with and in engaged parishes; how would it effect faith formation?
Sponsored by Twenty-Third Publications and Catholic Life and Faith
301 Diocesan Putting it Together: Roundtables with a Purpose by Leisa Angslinger and John Roberto Return home from this conference with your plan already begun! Participate in this dynamic synthesis experience with our track presenters. Hear what others are thinking and leave the conference with a clear plan for your immediate next steps.
Leisa Anslinger brings extensive experience in Catholic parishes and schools to her ministry as an author and speaker. She is the Director of Catholic Life and Faith and a founding team member of the Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community.
411 Leadership: White Papers: Michael Andrews, Terrie Baldwin and Sara Blauvelt The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith The New Evangelization is new not in its content but in its inner thrust, new in ways that are suited to these times and situations, new because it encompasses those who have already received the proclamation of the Gospel. Examine the call to evangelize as Terrie Baldwin shares her insights on “Creating New Witnesses for the New Evangelization.” Reopen the door of faith as Sarah Blauvelt discusses “Porta Fidei and the New Evangelization.” Facilitated by Michael Andrews.
Michael Andrews is the Director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Lansing and holds a masters degree in systematic theology from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Terrie Baldwin is the Director of the Office of Evangelization for the Diocese of Cleveland and a certified lay ecclesial minister. She holds a masters degree in pastoral ministry from Ursuline College in Cleveland.
Sara Blauvelt is the Coordinator of Children’s Catechesis and Curriculum for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. She holds a masters degree in religious education and catechesis from the Catholic University of America.
312 Theology The Sacraments: Challenges to Them; Evidence for Them in Scripture Many of the common challenges posed by non-Catholics and anti-Catholics concerning the sacraments - the life-giving signs of grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Catholic Church - will be examined. Jim will reveal the sacraments in Scripture in order to equip participants to charitably explain and defend these precious God-given gifts.
Sponsored by Catholic Answers
Jim Blackburn is a columnist for Catholic Answers Magazine, a regular guest on theCatholic Answers Live radio program, a speaker for the Catholic Answers Speakers Bureau, and the author of 101 Quick Questions with Catholic Answers: Marriage, Divorce and Annulment.
Dr. Michael Carotta
204 Leadership Unchaining Confirmation Given all we know about adolescents, catechesis, and youth ministry, how might we enhance Confirmation's potential to be a more formative experience (without changing the age or length of your program.) This session will NOT focus on the practical, but will discuss the merits of six or eight enhancements that may be possible.
Sponsored by: OSV Curriculum Division
Dr. Michael Carotta is a religious educator who has worked with the spirituality of adolescents for over 35 years in educational, pastoral, athletic, and clinical settings.
Mike teaches graduate courses in adolescent spirituality at various Catholic universities and is a national consultant for Our Sunday Visitor curriculum division, helping with the development of their new high school religion texts. Mike has authored two books for Confirmation candidates, Have Faith and Spirit and Truth (Twenty-Third Publications) as well as Lincoln Park a mystery series with spiritual insights for junior highers which he has co-authored with theologian John Shea. (Our Sunday Visitor).
Over the last ten years, Mike’s work has expanded into the area of vocational renewal. He and his wife Catherine are authors of Sustaining The Spirit: Callings , Commitments, and Vocational Challenges published by Twenty-Third Publications and facilitate renewal seminars nationwide.
303 Technology Ancient and Holy Truths Delivered in the Language of the New Generation Hebrews 13:8 makes it clear that Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Utilizing advancing technologies and the power of social media we will take a look at how we have been empowered to engage in unprecedented opportunities to bring Christ's Truth and the beauty of Catholic tradition and culture to a new generation.
503 Technology Reaching the Multitudes: Effective Content and Viral Concepts There are many catechetical leaders who have started to use social media as a great way to engage a New Evangelization. The questions remain on how to reach the multitudes. In this session we will discuss the most effective 'traction' and 'retention' techniques to build your own online presence.
Dallas Carter is a small business owner, Catholic Apologist, and the Young Adult Coordinator at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii, as well as being a husband and father of 3. He has a degree in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville and Master's Degree from Chaminade University in Honolulu.
205 Special Needs Take This All of You and Eat of It: Helping Children with Autism and Special Needs Prepare to Receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance Please join us to learn innovative ideas that help children with autism and special needs prepare to celebrate their first Holy Communion and Reconciliation. An adaptive first Eucharist preparation kit will be described and attendees will come away with effective, practical ideas and handouts to help them prepare children with special needs to enter more fully into their faith through the celebration of two important sacraments.
Sponsored by Loyola Press
Joellyn Cicciarelli has been developing products for children, parents, and teachers since 1993. She is the former editor for Mister Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and author of an award-winning preschool curriculum. Currently, Joellyn is the Director Curricula Development for Loyola Press.
David Rizzo is a physical therapist who works with children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. He is the author and presenter of a professional rehabilitation seminar entitled "Autism: Where neuroscience meets clinical practice." David and his wife Mercedes have four children, one of whom, Danielle, has autism and is non-verbal. Dave and Mercedes developed picture-based materials and activities to explain the sacraments to Danielle to help prepare her for Holy Communion. This was featured on the Diocese of Trenton television program The Catholic Corner, and in the Our Sunday Visitor magazine. Loyola Press is in the process of publishing these materials.
206 Adult Faith Formation Adult Faith Formation Resources: Share the Wealth! Share your AFF successes and enrich the ministry for us all! This session will be a "resource swap" and discussion. Bring a book or other resource (print or electronic) that has worked well with adults in your ministry and a one paragraph "resource review". We will swap reviews, and share successes, with plenty of time for discussion about the opportunities and challenges in adult faith formation. You will go home with new resources, a new network of AFF professionals and many new ideas!
Sponsored by Charis
Pam Coster is the Executive Director of Charis Ministries, a Jesuit ministry to those in their 20s and 30s. Prior to joining Charis, Pam was the President of Avanza Partners, a consulting firm working with dioceses and parishes in the area of adult faith formation. She served thirteen years at Ss. Faith, Hope & Charity parish in Winnetka, IL as Director of Faith Formation, after a career in international banking. Pam holds a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Northwestern University, an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University-Chicago. She is a member of the boards of Catholics on Call and Loyola Press. Pam is a writer and speaker at conferences throughout the country.
402 Español Cómo ser innovadores cuando creemos que ya lo hemos hecho todo El cambio constante afecta hoy todos los ámbitos de la sociedad y la iglesia. Como líderes catequéticos católicos, la realidad que nos rodea es un gran reto que debemos enfrentar con fe, entusiasmo y nuevas formas de creatividad. En este taller exploraremos nuevos horizontes en liderazgo discerniendo nuevas posibilidades para nuestros ministerios y descubriendo en los documentos eclesiales sobre la catequesis inspiraciones nuevas de vida y esperanza.
María G. Covarrubias es directora de la oficina del Ministerio para la Catequesis en la Diócesis de San Bernardino. Es Maestra de catequistas y ha escrito programas para la preparación básica y avanzada de catequistas en su diócesis. Ha presentado talleres en el Congreso de Educación Religiosa de Los Angeles y otras conferencias sobre la catequesis, la formación de catequistas, la familia y el matrimonio. Tiene una Maestría en Estudios Religiosos con concentración en teología.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - TED-style presentations Embrace Grace in the Sacraments, the Church and the World!
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304 Theology The Unfinished Business of Vatican II This discussion will look at the goals, objectives, and directives of the Council that have not yet been fully implemented and what we can do to bring them towards fuller realization.
Marcellino D’Ambrosio was raised in Italian/Irish neighborhood in Providence, RI, in his teens, he encountered a group of Catholics whose Christian life was an exciting adventure. He embarked on a road that led to a Ph.D. in historical theology from the Catholic University of America where his dissertation director was the renowned Jesuit theologian, Avery Cardinal Dulles. Throughout his academic career at Loyola and the University of Dallas, and now in his current ministry at Crossroads Productions, the apostolate of Catholic renewal and evangelization, which he co-founded, Dr. D'Ambrosio has been deeply involved in pastoral work, especially teen evangelization and Hispanic ministry, assuring that his teaching remains exceptionally relevant to the challenges of everyday life. He is a New York Times best-selling author with his Guide to the Passion: 100 Questions about the Passion of the Christ numbered among the fastest-selling Catholic books of all time with over a million copies sold in less than three months. He often appears on various Catholic TV and radio networks where he is also known as "Dr. Italy" and has also been called upon to serve as an expert commentator on religious issues on Fox News' Geraldo Rivera At Large and Bill O'Reilly's radio show. As an extension of his ministry, The Crossroads Pursuit is a new generation of Catholic youth evangelists (and sons of Dr. D'Ambrosio) who communicate the faith with dynamism. Dr. D'Ambrosio can be contacted through www.crossroadsinitiative.com.
Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP
Monday, May 7, 2012 Embrace the People!
After raising issues of identity and formation, Fr. DeSiano will present an image of what conversion for Catholics looks like today, and how forms of catechesis and faith involvement can further that conversion. The talk will present large pictures of what we face as a Church, and particular approaches to serve the faith needs of American Catholics.
Fr. Frank DeSiano, CSP was ordained a Paulist priest in 1972, and has served as pastor in parishes in downtown New York and Chicago. He earned a D. Min. degree from Boston University in 1990, and served as a consultor for the US Bishops Committee on Evangelization for more than a dozen years. He was elected president of the Paulist Fathers in 1994 for an eight year term. He travels widely, presenting parish renewals, and keynotes for diocesan clergy convocations and diocesan catechetical leaders. He has written numerous books on evangelizaton, spirituality, and discipleship. His latest book, Mission America: Challenges and Opportunities for Catholics Today, presents an overview of issues in American culture that form the major obstacles for Catholic life today, and a way for parishes to respond.
103 Young Adult: Young Adults: Nomads of Parish Life Young adults are the most mobile and diverse people in our society and parish communities. They are full of life, experiencing many transitions, and have incredible gifts to offer. Today, many young adults increasingly describe themselves as multiparishional. What does this term mean for young adult ministry? What opportunities and challenges does this present to those who seek to minister to them? This workshop explores contemporary issues and creative strategies to reach out to our young adult who come from diverse cultural, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political, and spiritual realities. Participants will... (1) Gain a greater understanding of the changing landscape of religious diversity amongst young adults (2) Examine national and global trends that are influencing young adult ministry and identify creative strategies in ministering effectively and intentionally (3) Learn how to effectively target young adults utilizing classic and contemporary marketing strategies including social networking.
Julianne Donlon-Stanz is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin and is a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization. Born in Ireland and raised in a picturesque village set in the Wicklow Mountains, Julianne left Ireland in 2001 to pursue a career in America. Currently, Julianne is working on her Ph.D. and is an adjunct faculty member of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and serves on the NCCL Adult Faith Formation Committee. She is happily married to Wayne and they have two children, a two year old and an eight month old.
405 Leadership Essential Charisms for Spiritual Leadership The challenges facing new Catechetical Leaders or those who have been around the block and back are like David facing Goliath. There are so many tasks that must be completed: the recruitment of new catechists; holding on to seasoned ones; the calls for increased accountability in the form of competency standards; certification programs in catechesis; outcomes and evaluations. The list goes on and on. It takes a wise leader to accomplish all of this without losing the heart and soul of the catechetical experience, not to mention hours of sleep. But the wise catechetical leader is also keenly aware of the Spiritual Leadership needed to enlighten the heart and soul of each young person, and catechist, as well as the families they serve. Serving all as they continue growing as Disciples of Jesus Christ is critically important! This presentation will explore the Essential Charisms needed for this wise 21st century Spiritual Leader through a process of large and small group interaction, meditation and prayer. Participants: PREPARE TO BE INVOLVED!
Sponsored by: William H. Sadlier, Inc
Kenneth Doranis a National Religion Consultant for Sadlier and has spoken at numerous national and diocesan events. Ken’s thirty five years in catechetical ministry reflects broad experience on diocesan, school and parish levels. Ken hold a MA in Religious Education from Providence College and a BA in Philosophy & Religion from Westminster College.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, TED-style presentations. Embrace the Message! What Message…?
That is not what you learned when you learned Christ! I am assuming, of course, that he has been preached and taught to you in accord with the truth that is in Jesus. (Eph 4: 20-21) The Catholic Faith is increasingly, systematically and deliberately being undermined, ridiculed, and shunned, while on a daily basis all sorts of other “evangelistic” messages and agendas are being broadcast and imposed on us as “Gospel truth.” Other “teachers” are teaching our children, youth, and adults how to think, feel, behave, and relate. All sorts of things and persons are praised, adored, and offered as “alternate gods” in today’s post-Christian society.
Who is teaching what?
How are they broadcasting their message?
How can we more effectively announce how good, necessary, and irreplaceable the Person and Message of Christ are, so as to lead others to embrace the deposit of faith He entrusted to His Church?
How can we ensure that people “learn Christ” so that from the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is praised! (Psalm 113)
305 Multi-cultural What Do Catechesis, The New Evangeliation, and Hispanics Have In Common?
We all know that the number of Hispanics continues to grow in the US and the growth of the Church in the US is largely due to the Hispanic presence. Yet many in the Church still struggle with knowing how to evangelize and catechize the Spanish-speaking among us. We will explore the role that monolingual and bilingual Hispanic immigrants and Hispanic-Americans can and must play in the new evangelization and the faith formation of children, youth, and adults, as well as the role of the non-Spanish speaking leadership and community.
Martha Fernández-Sardina is an international bilingual speaker, trainer, and ministry consultant whose mission is to prepare the way of the Lord (Jn.1:23, Is.40:3), echoing the Church’s call for a new evangelization and a new springtime for Christianity.Martha’s 20 plus years of experience in the US and overseas includes youth and young adult ministry; planning and speaking at conferences, retreats, prayer workshops, and parish missions; forming evangelization teams; developing training and outreach programs (including the Hispanic Festival of Faith); hosting TV and radio shows; and assisting organizations wanting to reach Spanish-speakers.
As Director of Prepare The Way Enterprises, Martha speaks to audiences around the country and overseas, helping Catholics become effective everyday evangelized evangelizers, and motivating all to be saints. She also helps organizations reach Spanish-speaking audiences, as a translator and as Director of Language, Etc.
As Director of the Office for Evangelization for the Archdiocese of San Antonio in Texas, Martha helps parishes, schools, apostolates, and families become evangelized and evangelizing communities of faith ministering to people of all ages in Spanish and in English.
Before moving to San Antonio, Martha worked in Washington, DC for 11 years, serving as Director of the Office for Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Washington, as well as Assistant Continental Director and as Prayer Campaign Director for Evangelization 2000/North America.
Martha earned a Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry with honors, and a Licentiate in Clinical Psychology Magna Cum Laude.
A native of New York, Marthagrew up between Miami and Dominican Republic. With our heavenly homeland constantly on her heart and mind, Marthahas committed her life to serving the Lord wherever, however, whenever, and with whomever He wishes, striving for holiness on a daily basis while encouraging others to do the same.
Martha Fernández-Sardina es una predicadora, entrenadora y consultora ministerial bilingüe que se ha dedicado a preparar el camino del Señor, para que a través de una nueva evangelización veamos florecer una nueva primavera para el cristianismo.
Sus más de 20 años de experiencia en la evangelización en los Estados Unidos y fuera del país incluyen ministerio en catequesis y apologética, programas de radio y televisión, ministerio con jóvenes y jóvenes adultos, conferencias, retiros, talleres de oración y misiones parroquiales, formación de equipos de evangelización y la implementación de diversos programas de evangelización, incluyendo los Festivales Católicos de Fe y visitas de casa en casa.
Como Directora de la Oficina de Evangelización de la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio en Texas, Martha ayuda a las parroquias, colegios, apostolados y familias a convertirse cada día más en comunidades de fe evangelizadas y evangelizadoras, y ayuda a los católicos a convertirse cada día más en evangelizadores evangelizados bien formados en su fe. Martha da numerosas presentaciones y escribe artículos relacionados con la evangelización, la conversión, el crecimiento espiritual y las enseñanzas de la Iglesia Católica. Ella da charlas dentro y fuera del país, en español y en inglés; tiene dos columnas en el periódico arquidiocesano Today’s Catholic en San Antonio, Texas.
Ella vivió en Washington, DC por 11 años, trabajando como Directora de la Oficina de Evangelización de la Archidiócesis de Washington, como Directora Continental de Evangelización 2000 y como Directora de su Campaña de Oración.
Martha obtuvo una Maestría en Teología y Ministerio Cristiano con honores y una Licenciatura en Psicología Clínica Magna Cum Laude. Como traductora e intérprete, Martha trabaja con organizaciones interesadas en alcanzar a los hispanos con programas y materiales en español.
Nacida en la ciudad de Nueva York, Martha creció entre Miami y la República Dominicana. Con su corazón y su mente pendientes de nuestra patria celestial, Martha se ha comprometido a servir al Señor donde quiera, cuando quiera, como quiera y con quien quiera Dios, mientras se dedica a crecer en santidad personal.
208 Leadership Challenging Conversations: Strategies for Working through Ministerial Conflicts Do you find yourself stuck in the same disagreements over and over again? Are you avoiding a situation in the hope that it will just go away? Come and learn a framework for analyzing the conflicts that pop up in any ministry along with a set of skills to help engage the difficult conversations that need to be had.
Ann Garrido is Associate Professor of Homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. For the past ten years, she has been teaching conflict management in both academic and ministerial settings.
509 Leadership National PCL Certification from the Alliance by Kenneth Gleason, NCCL member of the National Review Certification Committee and Gary Pokorny, Chair of the NCCL Standards and Certification Committee. An overview of the national certification process for a Parish Catechetical Leader will be presented. The three steps of the Alliance Certification Process will be addressed: Step One. Application for Admission to the Certification Process Step Two. Certification Preparation Process Step Three. Submission of Certification Portfolio for review and Decision There will be ample time for individual questions and discussion.
Ken Gleason is the Director of the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Ken served on the Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers which developed the national certification process which was approved by the USCCB's Committee on Certification and Accreditation last fall. The Archbishop of Cincinnati, Most Rev. Dennis Schnurr, has asked that a single certification process be developed for all lay ecclesial ministers in the archdiocese based on the national process. Ken and others from the Archdiocese are now developing this process.
Gary Pokorny is the director of the Office of Catechesis & Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Serving in this role since 2007, Gary supports catechetical leaders, provides guidelines for parish catechetical programs and resources for youth ministry, and oversees catechist formation and certification. His past experience includes serving as director of lay formation for the archdiocese, as a parish director of religious education, and as a parish youth minister.
406 Theology Top 10 List for Effective and Fruitful Catechesis This workshop will list and explain 10 practical tips for catechists and catechetical leaders that will assist them in forming their students to become the saints that God calls them (and us) to be.
James F. Gontis' primary vocation is as husband and father. He and his wife, Eva, are blessed to be the parents of eight children - six boys and two girls. Jim is in his 12th year as Director of Religious Education of the Diocese of Harrisburg. He is the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Conference of Catechetical Leadership and represents the Philadelphia Province on NCCL's Representative Council. Jim is chair of NCCL's Practical and Theological Foundations Committee, as well as serving on the Conference Planning Committee for the 2012 NCCL Annual Conference in San Diego. He is adjunct faculty at Messiah College, has taught catechetics in the Diocese of Harrisburg's diaconal program, as well as the catechetics workshop to seminarians at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmittsburg, Maryland. He also gives presentations on catechetical and theological topics and has had articles published in diocesan and national catechetical and theological publications.
Dr. Susan Grenough
306 Leadership Telling our Stories: Lighting the Fire! What are the stories of our lives? How can these stories help us to discover our passions, our fire, our Abba God?
Sponsored by: Pflaum Publishing
Dr. Susan Grenough has her Master’s Degree in Religious Education, Fordham University; doctorate in Educational Leadership, Spalding University; and certificate in Pastoral Family Studies, Mt. St. Joseph College, Cincinnati. Dr. Grenough has worked in the field of catechesis as an elementary parish catechist, a high school religion teacher, a director of religious education, and a diocesan director of catechesis. She was instrumental in composing the religion curriculum guidelines for the state of Kentucky. Presently, she serves as an adjunct professor at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, is an on-line facilitator at theUniversity of Dayton, and works as a consultant for the Pflaum Publishing Group.
209 Family Catechesis Garden of Grace: Spiritual Practices for Today's Families The multiple demands on families today can make the pursuit of spiritual practices seem evasive and even futile. Nevertheless, the home holds great potential for being the rich soil from which a deeply rooted spirituality can bloom and blossom. In this session, we will explore five spiritual practices that are seeded in the family and practical ways to help families incorporate into everyday routines. The cultivation of gratitude, art of storytelling, celebration of ritual, extension of forgiveness, and attentiveness to time create a domestic spirituality abundant in grace and beauty.
Sponsored by: William H. Sadlier, Inc.
Kathy Hendricks is author of the books, A Prayerbook for Catechists, A Parent's Guide to Prayer and Everything About Parish Ministry I Wish I Had Known. She also writes articles for various periodicals, including a regular column called “One Last Thought” for Creative Catechist magazine.
For six years she served as the general editor and contributing author for the Catechetical Sunday resource materials, published annually by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. As a consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc., she writes print and online resources for Catholic education programs. A popular speaker, she offers talks and retreats around the country and overseas. Kathy is a certified spiritual director, having completed a course of study in Benedictine spirituality. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Colorado and a Master's Degree in Christian Community Development from Regis University in Denver. Her service on national boards and committees includes the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL,) the National Advisory Committee on Adult Religious Education (NACARE,) and the Southwest Liturgical Conference. She served for two years as an advisor to the US Catholic Bishops' Committee on Women in Society and the Church.
Kathy has worked as a pastoral minister, Director of Religious Education, teacher, and catechist in diocesan offices, parishes and Catholic schools in Colorado, Alaska, and British Columbia, Canada. As Pastoral Associate and Interim Parish Director for Pax Christi Catholic Church in Littleton, Colorado, she served as pastoral leader of the community in the absence of a resident priest/pastor, and spearheaded a listening process to discern models of future leadership for the parish. She was the Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Colorado Springs, a position she held for six years. She is a member of the Colorado Authors League and Spiritual Direction Colorado.
Kathy and her husband, Ron, live in Larkspur, Colorado. They are the parents of two adult children, Eric and Anna, and a daughter, Jenny, who died in infancy. Kathy’s approach is warm and practical, allowing participants to readily apply what they have heard to their lives and ministry.
407 Multi-cultural Catechizing on the Quinceañera in the Context of Lifelong Faith Formation The custom of celebrating the passage from childhood to adolescence is treasured among Hispanics in the United States. How can we properly prepare young people for the ritual? We will look at the Order for the Blessing on the Fifteenth Birthday and discuss the options available in the rite.
501 Español Catequizando a la Quinceañera en el Contexto de una Formación para toda la Vida La costumbre de celebrar el paso de la niñez a la adolescencia es atesorada dentro de la comunidad Hispana en los Estados Unidos. ¿Cómo podemos preparar a los jóvenes apropiadamente para este ritual? Estudiaremos el documento Bendición Al Cumplir Quince Años y hablaremos de la formación necesaria y las opciones disponibles para este rito.
Adrián Alberto Herrera is an Associate Director for the office of Continuing Christian Education in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He has written articles for several publications and developed materials for the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis for Catechetical Sunday 2010. Adrián served as one of the six animators for the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership FCH “Forum on Catechesis with Hispanics. He has been a catechist, youth Minister and Director of Religious Education. Adrián received his MA in Pastoral Studies from the School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary. He likes to spend time with his children and writes a blog in Spanish about his reflections. http://adrianalbertoherrera.wordpress.com
Adrián Alberto Herrera es actualmente Director Asociado para la Oficina de Educación Cristiana Continua en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston Adrián Alberto Herrera es actualmente Director Asociado para la Oficina de Educación Cristiana Continua en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston. Ha escrito artículos para varias publicaciones y materiales desarrollados por el Comité de Obispos para la Evangelización y la Catequesis para el Domingo Catequético 2010. Adrián recibió su Maestría en Estudios Pastorales de la Escuela de Teología en el Seminario de Santa María en Houston, y escribe un blog sobre sus reflexiones en español
Thursday, May 10, 2012 Embrace and Live the Mission!
Each Sunday, we are commissioned to "Go in peace to glorify the Lord by your life." Having embraced Christ's mission, we live and share that mission with all.
Sponsored by: RCL Benziger
ValLimar Jansen is blessed with an extraordinary speaking and singing voice, ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded inspirational/catechetical speaker, singer, composer and recording artist. She is also an experienced college professor, a leader of worship and prayer and a workshop presenter at conferences across the United States and abroad. Each year, ValLimar travels extensively as a national speaker for RCL Benziger.
ValLimar has been a keynote speaker and/or presenter at: the Los Angeles Liturgy Conference; the East Coast Conference; the National Pastoral Musician Conference; the National Conference for Catholic Youth Ministers; the National Catholic Youth Conference; the National Encuentro Conference; the National Jubilee Justice Conference; the National Catholic Educational Association Conference; the Fashion Me a People Conference; the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership; the National Conference for the Catholic Health Association; the International Holy Music Festival (Italy) and many other major events. She has been the cantor (song leader) for numerous liturgies at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, as well as many other national and international conferences.
Known especially for her work with contemporary Christian, gospel, and gospel-jazz styles, she sings a wide range of music, including spirituals and traditional, organ-based choral music. Her new CD, entitled, Give God The Glory released in November 2011. This is ValLimar’s fourth CD with OCP (Oregon Catholic Press.) Her three previous CDs, You Gotta Move, Anointing and Psalms From The Soul, all published by OCP, have received critical acclaim. Anointing received accolades, in 2008, winning Unity Awards for Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song.
Today, ValLimar tours regionally, nationally and internationally as an inspirational speaker, an author, a storyteller, a psalmist, a song leader, a principal vocalist, and/or an emcee. At the Loreto/Angora International Papal Event (Italy) ValLimar and her husband, Frank Jansen, performed for over 300,000 people and the event was broadcast on Italian television, EWTN and across the world!
You can hear ValLimar as a guest artist on a number of CDs, including: Endless is Your Love; Make Us One;Clothed in Love; Christmas Child and Live It. All of these CDs are published by OCP.
ValLimar Jansen has a long history of singing sacred music, starting from the age of five and professionally since the age of six. She received most of her training in music and performance at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and she holds professional degrees in the Arts from California State University and The University of California. So she's got both experience and credentials. She has sung and toured professionally throughout the United States of America, St. Kitts, Jamaica, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Scotland, Israel and Japan. She played the role of Beneatha, with the Broadway touring cast, in the European premier of Raisin. She went on to co-author a one-woman musical about the life of Ethel Waters that received a special commendation from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
May 9, 2012 - TED-style presentations Embrace Grace in the Sacraments, the Church and the World!
Jack Jezreel of JustFaith as he expands our vision to Embrace Grace in the World!
307 Adult Faith Formation Living the Grace: Living Our Catholic Social Teaching The invitation of the Gospel to live abundantly is, paradoxically, connected to our embrace of the invitation to give ourselves away. This forms the foundation of what we call Catholic Social Teaching, a blueprint for how our spiritual path necessarily leads to the embrace of our sisters and brothers in harm’s way. Links between formation and social mission will be addressed along with some practical strategies about how to engage parishioners.
Sponsored by JustFaith.
408 Youth Ten Tips to Make Social Mission Come Alive for Teens For many youth ministers and youth, the vocabulary of Catholic social teaching and the terrain of social mission are largely unfamiliar; engaging young people can seem daunting. Come consider ten tips about how to engage youth in a lively and promising way, and bring some of your own best tips to share.
Sponsored by JustFaith.
Jack Jezreel, Executive Director of JustFaith Ministries, has over thirty years of experience working with parishes. He spent eight of those years at a Catholic parish in Louisville, Kentucky, developing a conversion-based justice formation program, JustFaith, which has been recognized nationally as a potent strategy for empowering social ministry. Over thirty thousand people in over 100 dioceses across the country have participated. Jack holds a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame. In 2006, he received the prestigious Harry A. Fagan Award for his unique contribution to the Church’s social mission.
Fr. Bud Kaicher
504 Leadership Working Well with Catholic School Personnel Fr. Bud Kaicher and staff of St. Francis of Assisi, Vista, CA We will share with participants the journey of our parish staff (school and catechetical staff) to develop a vision for working together effectively as one body sharing parish facilities. After sharing our successes and failures, we will invite participants to share their own successes and failures, and facilitate a period of thinking collectively about how to achieve our common goal of working together to build up the Kingdom of God.
We are six individuals serving the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of San Diego: the Principal of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, the Pastoral Associates for English and Spanish speaking ministry, the Sacramental Preparation Coordinators for English and Spanish speaking children, the Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult ministry and the Pastor of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. We have worked in the parish for as many as 33 years and as few as one year. We are diverse in age, cultural background, pastoral experience and educational background. Our parish website is www.stfrancis-vista.org .
Fr. Bud Kaicher and his staff We are six individuals serving the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of San Diego: the Principal of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, the Pastoral Associates for English and Spanish speaking ministry, the Sacramental Preparation Coordinators for English and Spanish speaking children, the Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult ministry and the Pastor of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. We have worked in the parish for as many as 33 years and as few as 1 year. We are diverse in age, cultural background, pastoral experience and educational background. Our parish website is www.stfrancis-vista.org
102 Español: Espiritualidad Ignaciana: Encontrando a Dios en Todas las Cosas Hay muchas maneras de expresar lo que se entiende por Espiritualidad. Nosotros lo entendemos como «el encuentro del espíritu humano con el Espíritu de Dios, de modo que Dios hace Su propuesta, y la persona humana responde al proyecto de Dios».
Patrocinado por Loyola Press.
Martín López es Consultor Nacional para el Ministerio Hispano en Loyola Press. Es catequista y padre de familia. Obtuvo su bachillerato en Arquitectura y desde entonces ha servido a la Iglesia en diferentes posiciones de carácter administrativo y de recursos humanos. Goza de la buena lectura y el buen cine. Vive con su esposa y cuatro hijos en McAllen, Texas.
Pd. Raul Lopez
203 Español La Diócesis y la Parroquia en la Misión y la Pastoral de la Iglesia por Pd. Raul Ramirez Lopez y Amparo Navarro Compartiremos ideas de cómo las diócesis y parroquias pueden cumplir con la Misión y la Pastoral de la Iglesia de una forma orgánica y sistemática y que integre todos los elementos que la Iglesia pide a estas entidades en diversos documentos eclesiales. Patrocinado por Sistema Integral de la Nueva Evangelización (SINE)
El Padre Raúl Ramírez López nació en la Cd. de México. Ingresó al Seminario en la Arquidiócesis de México y participó activamente en el Congreso Eucarístico Nacional y en el Congreso Internacional de la Familia en el año 2000. Sus estudios y formación incluyen las ciencias de cristología, misionología y litúrgica. Ingresó a la Fraternidad de Misioneros de la Cruz en el año 2001 y después fue enviado a Estelí, Nicaragua para continuar su formación sacerdotal en el año 2005. Fue ordenado Diácono en el año 2009, trasladado a la Casa Central de la Fraternidad en México por su obispo Monseñor Abelardo Mata. Fue ordenado Sacerdote en Mayo del año 2009. Actualmente es el Director de SINE a nivel Internacional.
Amparo B. de Navarro nació en Monterrey, NL, México. Obtuvo su grado de Contador en 1958. Fue Directora de Evangelización y Renovación de la Diócesis de El Paso, TX de 1985 a 1989. Ingresó a la Fraternidad de Misioneros de la Cruz en 1994 y nombrada junto con su esposo codirectora de SINE en el año 1995 y Moderadora de la Fraternidad de Misioneros de la Cruz en USA del 1997 al 2011.
112 Technology: Mobile Technologies In Your Ministry and Church
The next generation of parishioners is growing up online, but it may not be with a PC. They surf the web, update their status, text and tweet all from their phone. The Church has an unprecedented opportunity to reach people where they are, whenever they need to. In this workshop we’ll explore mobile communication trends, the opportunity for the church, and solutions that can help get you there.
Sponsored by Liturgical Publications, Inc.
Joe Luedtke is the Vice President of Interactive Media for Liturgical Publications (LPi), www.4lpi.com, an organization that provides ad-supported printed publications and online donation solutions to faith-based communities. At LPi, Joe serves as the organization’s technology evangelist responsible for the organization’s digital strategy and Internet products and services. Joe is also the editor of Catholic Tech Talk, www.catholictechtalk.com, and serves on the Board of Advisors for 7Summits, www.7summitsagency.com, a social media consultancy. Joe can be found online at, http://www.linkedin.com/in/jluedtke and at @cathtechtalk.
104 Theology: Sacramental Preparation: A Reachable Moment for Parents The time of sacramental preparation can be a time of great grace and blessing in a family. It’s a major “reachable” moment as well as a teachable moment for parents. Tom McGrath, author of Together: Preparing at Home for First Eucharist, offers a list of ways to help parents nurture the tender faith of their children while deepening their own. Through stories, exercises, memory, and imagination, McGrath presents practical activities and tactics you can put to use immediately to make the time of sacramental preparation (Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation) a rich and sacred time in the lives of the families you serve.
Sponsored by: Loyola Press
Tom McGrath is the author of the best-selling Raising Faith-Filled Kids: Ordinary Opportunities to Nurture Spirituality at Home, and Daily Meditations for Busy Parents, the editor of Together: Preparing at home for First Communion/Reconciliation, and frequent speaker on family life as a spiritual path. Tom will blend interactive exercises, stories, and practical next steps to inspire, inform, and empower parish ministers in their relationships with their key allies the parents.
302 Español La Eucaristía y la Catequesis: Integrando la Liturgia, la Catequesis y la Vida En este taller ofreceremos pistas y recursos pastorales que permitan a los catequistas integrar la vida cotidiana, la liturgia y la formación en la fe de una manera dinámica y pedagógica. De esta manera buscaremos apoyar a las catequistas para que realicen su ministerio de una manera comprehensiva e integral.
Patrocinado por: Liguori Publications
505 Theology Our Lady of Guadalupe: A New Interpretation of the Story, Apparitions, and Image The appearances of Our Lady of Guadalupe coincide with the birth of Hispanic culture in America and the evangelization of the continent. In this session we will make an interpretation of the symbols and signs contained in the Aztec narrative “Nican Mopohua” which means “here is told, is set down in order”. We will also explain why the Guadalupe Tradition among Latinos is so important, especially among the people from Mexico and Central America.
Sponsored by: Liguori Publications
Dr. José Antonio Medina,SThD, obtuvo sus grados académicos en la Universidad Ponticia de Salamanca en España. Ha sido profesor en México, España y US. Ha dirigido programas de formación de líderes en los La (Arqui)diocesis de Chicago, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Kansas city among others. Ha enseñado en Mount St. Mary ́s College, en El Multicultural Institute en Berkley, CA. y en Loyola Marymount University. Ha escrito libros de formación teológica y de educación en la fe, como Diálogos semanales con Jesús, Temas calientes para jóvenes cristianos, entre muchos otros. Actualmente es Consultor para asuntos hispanos de La Conferencia de Obispos de California y de Liguori Publications.
308 Youth Transforming Adolescent Catechesis - NIAC The need is urgent. There is no getting around it. A Pew report recently found that two-thirds of Catholics who leave the church do so between the ages of 13 and 23. However, the National Study on Youth and Religion found a strong correlation between the ability to articulate one’s faith and being highly devoted to one’s faith. Catechesis – in our homes, our parishes, our schools, and our youth ministry programs – can nurture in young people the language and the experience of faith.
This highly interactive gathering will focus on the findings of the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis and the practical implications for parishes and schools. The session will include information on the Transforming Adolescent Catechesis – a process for parishes and schools that assesses the catechetical landscape and guide your community in the development of effective adolescent catechesis.
Sponsored by the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis (PAC)
Ela Milewska is passionate about ministry training. She has spent twenty years in ministry – first in parishes and the Diocese of Raleigh and then as a national trainer, speaker and consultant. She currently works with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, National Catholic Educational Association and National Conference for Catechetical Leadership as the project coordinator for the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis . Ela is also a Ph.D. candidate in catechesis and religious education at The Catholic University of America where she teaches a course in Catholic youth ministry. Ela has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Fordham University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in catecheses and religious education at The Catholic University of America.
Daniel S. Mulhall
105 Leadership: Leadership and Mission: Creating Communities of Disciples According to both the GDC and NDC, the purpose of catechesis is to bring people to an intimate relationship with Christ. To build these relationships catechesis must include both instruction and formation. In order to accomplish this, catechetical leaders will need to develop new skills to achieve their goals. This learning session will explore this new mission of catechesis and the skills the leader needs to succeed going forward.
Sponsored by: RCL Benziger
Daniel S. Mulhall currently serves as Director of Catechist and Professional Development for RCL Benziger, his sponsor for this session. Dan holds an MA in Theology from the Catholic University of America and an MA in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis University. During his thirty + years in catechetical ministry he has served in all areas from parish to the USCCB, where he served as Asst. Secretary for Catechesis and Inculturation for nearly 10 years. Dan and his wife Kathleen live in Laurel, MD. They have 3 young adult children and one grandchild.
309 Evangelization The New Evangelization and Catechesis Working Together The New Evangelization offers a unique opportunity for Catholics to grow in their faith and confidence in the Gospel so as to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world. The Holy Father’s vision for the New Evangelization (and the Year of Faith) calls for and includes a vibrant and robust catechetical element that is essential for the New Evangelization to flourish in the United States and around the world.
Sponsored by: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Dr Peter J. Murphy serves as the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Peter has served in a variety of Church and catechetical positions including serving as the Archdiocesan Director of the Office of Family Life, Director of student life and faith formation at Catholic universities, Catholic school teacher and religious education catechist. Peter has a doctorate in ministry from the Catholic University of America and a Master’s in Counseling. Peter lives in Maryland with his lovely wife and three beautiful sons.
Raul and Amparo Navarro
Pd. Julio Domenech
506 Evangelization The Diocese and Parish in the Missionary and Pastoral Work of the Church Ideas will be shared on how dioceses and parishes can accomplish the missionary and pastoral work of the Church in a systematic and organic manner that integrates the elements that the Church describes in the various documents.
Sponsored by Integral System of New Evangelization (SINE).
Raul H Navarro was born in Chihuahua City, Mexico. He became a member of the Fraternity of Missionary of the Cross in 1994. Since 1995, he has served as Director of the SINE in charge of the National Office for the USA.
Pd. Julio Domenech was born in Valencia, Spain. He entered the order of the Missionary Fraternity of the Verbum Dei in 1983 and was ordained a priest on July 22, 1990. He ministered as a missionary in Spain, Ireland and Columbia and as an assistant pastor and a pastor in Mexico City and Tepic, Nayarit. From 1992-1998, he was in charge of the novices. He became a member of the Fraternity of Missionary of the Cross in Mexico City in August 1998. Presently he is in charge of the Postulants of the Missionaries of the Cross in Queretaro. Fr. Domenech holds a Masters in Theology from UPB in Medellin, Columbia and a Masters in Psychology from UDLA.
Dr. Hosffman Ospino
210 Multi-cultural Preparing Catechetical Leaders for Ministry in Pluri-Cultural Parishes Most Catholics in the United States celebrate our faith in the context of parish life. The parish is like a second home, a place where we share one faith, one Lord, one baptism. But how to foster that same experience one Catholic parish becomes home to different cultures, languages, ethnicities, and religious experiences? How to catechize in the midst of these circumstances? According to a recent study in the year 2011, approximately 38% of all parishes in the United States are classified as multicultural. This percentage most likely will increase in the upcoming years. It falls upon catechetical and other pastoral leaders to fully understand the reality of these communities, identify the dynamics of sharing faith in a pluri-cultural parish, and propose a vision of unity in the midst of diversity. In this workshop we will lay the foundations for this important conversation.
Sponsored by: OSV Curriculum Division
Dr. Hosffman Ospino is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Religious Education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry (STM). He is also the STM’s Director of Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry.
Sr. Rose Pacatte
405 Media: Vatican II at 50: When the Church turned on television, started going to the movies and went digital; a way forward Many people think the Church hates the media, but au contraire. This presentation considers Vatican II and how it changed the Church's attitude toward faith, culture, and evangelization and the wonderful teaching that remains the Church's best kept secret. With a little history, some anecdotes, and clips from movies and television, Sister Rose outlines a way forward, beyond mere instrumentalization of media to understanding entertainment and information media within the context of faith formation.
Sponsored by: Pauline Books & Media
Sr. Rose Pacatte
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Joe Paprocki, D.Min.
107 Leadership: 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness*: Embracing Spiritual Health as a Catechetical Leader As catechetical leaders, we can’t give what we don’t have. Maintaining our own spiritual wellness is key to our ability to serve the needs of others. In this workshop, Joe Paprocki, DMin, recovers and presents in a new and refreshing way, the Church’s treasury of spiritual wisdom that enables us to guard against threats to our spiritual wellness, empowering us to live in balance and harmony. In his unique, easy-going, simple-but-not simplistic manner, Joe unpacks seven enduring strategies for spiritual wellness – seven keys that will enable you to effectively serve as a catechetical and spiritual leader.
Sponsored by: Loyola Press
Joe Paprocki, D.Min., is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press in Chicago. He has over 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Joe is the author of numerous books on pastoral ministry and catechesis that have sold over 125,000 copies. His books include The Bible Blueprint, Living the Mass, the best-selling The Catechist’s Toolbox and A Well-Built Faith and his most recent, Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith (all from Loyola Press). Joe earned his Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University’ Institute of Pastoral Studies and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL. Joe serves as a 4th grade catechist and blogs about the experience at www.catechistsjourney.com.
Dr. Jo Ann Paradise
310 Leadership Embracing Grace: Standing in the In-Between Do you find the joy of being a catechetical leader sometimes overshadowed by conflict and frustration? Do you find yourself caught between the ideal and the real, the way things should be in parish ministry and the way things are? This workshop will help you to gain insight and develop strategies for standing in that sacred place that bridges what actually is and all that could be.
Sponsored by: OSV Curriculum
Dr. Jo Ann Paradise is the National Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division. Jo Ann has served as catechetical administration in several parishes in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for over 32 years and was most recently the Director of Parish Ministerial Life and Spiritual Formation at St. Sebastian Parish.
She has been a teacher in the Catholic school system at both the grade school and high school levels as well as an adjunct faculty member of several universities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While Jo Ann gives keynotes and workshops at Diocesan conferences throughout the United States and Canada, she has also presented at the NCEA, NCCL, LA Congress and the Hofinger Conference. Through her stories, Jo Ann helps educators and catechists understand the need for and develop the skills necessary to be heralds of the Good News.
She is a popular retreat director and provides spiritual direction. Jo Ann lives in Pittsburgh with her husband Don and extended family.
507 Leadership Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership: How the project and related research are challenging our thinking about pastoral ministry and lifelong faith formation Seismic shifts are occurring within US Catholicism, both institutionally and in membership. This session will explore the nature of these changes and draw implications for staying current and effective in pastoral ministry today.
Sponsored by Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project
Neil Parent is Director of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership project. He is the former Executive Director of NCCL and the former Representative for Adult Education at the USCCB. He is author of numerous articles and the book, “A Concise Guide to Adult Faith Formation” (Ave Maria Press).
Monday 2:10 pm Embrace Grace Before Meals: A presentation and cooking demonstration
The simple act of eating a regular family meal can have incredible positive effects on family dynamics. With insights on the spiritual component of food, Fr. Leo makes important connections on food, faith, family and fun in this unique and dynamic presentation. What may look and sound like a “cooking show” is actually an opportunity to grow in Body, Mind and Soul! (Additional $10 fee.)
Monday 7:30 pm Spiritual Combat: A special evening for Young Adults with Fr. Leo Patalinghug
Using his extensive background in Martial Arts, Fr. Leo draws upon the techniques of hand to hand combat and makes helpful parallels to the spiritual life. This fun and engaging presentation has become one of the most popular topics for people of all ages, but especially for youth and young adults who seek some spiritual guidance in this world that can often times be dangerous to a healthy and balanced spiritual life.
Tuesday 8:00 am Mary’s Embrace of Grace
Drawing upon Scripture, the Ancient Teachings of the Church, and explaining some pious traditions, this presentation helps people better understand Mary’s presence and fosters true devotion to the Mother of Jesus – Lord and God. Mary is the role model for women and men in learning how to embrace grace in their daily lives and ministry.
Fr. Leo Patalinghug Born in the Philippines and raised in the Baltimore area, Fr. Leo actually developed his love for cooking while attending the seminary at the North American College in Rome. There, he became friendly with several Italian restaurant owners and would often invite them back to the student kitchen to trade cooking secrets. They would teach him about rigatoni and lasagna; he would show them how to make hamburgers and ribs. Today, he is a skilled cook who still enjoys learning how to make new dishes, and loves the process of preparing a meal, as much as he does sharing it with a table full of friends.
Fr. Leo was ordained in 1999 and served as a parish priest for five years at St. John’s Church in Westminster, Maryland. He was often invited to his parishioners’ homes for dinner. To their surprise, he would turn the table and cook for them, using these opportunities to build friendships and engage in relaxed conversations in the kitchen. Those memorable and unstructured times spent making a meal together provided the inspiration for Fr. Leo’s first book, Grace Before Meals: Recipes for Family Life.
Currently, he is a member of the faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary where he directs the Pastoral Field Education Program for future priests. Before becoming a priest, Fr. Leo pursued degrees in writing and political science with the intention of studying law and journalism at the University of Maryland. He also taught high school speech, debate and drama. Along with his brother, he founded a martial arts school in 1988. Fr. Leo studied philosophy at Theological College at Catholic University in Washington, DC. He holds advanced theological degrees from the Pontifical Gregorian University and Pontifical Maranium Institute in Rome.
A popular conference speaker with a growing national reputation for his ability to connect with teens and their parents, Fr. Leo has appeared at events across the United States and Canada. His enthusiasm has frequently earned him invitations to return and speak about topics like the theology of beauty, teen spirituality, spiritual combat and praying as a family.
Along with cooking, Fr. Leo’s hobbies include writing, singing and jogging. He especially enjoys traveling, viewing it as an opportunity to broaden his multilingual talents. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has won a national competition in Arnis, a form of full-contact stick fighting. He also enjoys working with students in youth groups and on college campuses, as well as actively participating in prison ministry work.
Fr. Leo E. Patalinghug and the Grace Before Meals movement has been featured on the front page of the Washington Post, Fox and Friends, ABC News, Denver Post, Martha Stewart Radio, CBS Morning Show as well as Food Network's hit show, Throw Down with Bobby Flay, where Fr. Leo defeated world renown chef, Bobby Flay, in a steak fajita cooking competition.
Sister Rosa Monique Peña, OP
211 Leadership Learning and Teaching in Multiple Ways Modern catechetical textbooks provide ample activities for learning and teaching in multiple ways. We will explore some of them in light of the doctrinal content they want to impart. Do they enhance or restrain genuine learning?
Sponsored by: William H. Sadlier, Inc.
Sister Rosa Monique Peña, OP is a National Bilingual Catechetical Consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc. For almost twenty years she served as Director of the Religious Education Department of the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida, designed and developed a very successful English/Spanish Catechist Certification Program and established the Catechumenate Process.
Sr. Edith Prendergast
311 Spirituality Are We Awake to Grace? Mindful that grace is personally transformative and at the same time make us agents of transformation for others; the session will discuss implications for our leadership and spirituality in catechetical ministry.
Sponsored by: Ave Maria Pres
Sister Edith Prendergast is currently the Director of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and directs the Annual Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California. She holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Claremont School of Theology, a Master’s Degree in Theology from Boston College Sister Edith is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at National and local Conferences and has written and contributed to several articles on Spirituality, Catechesis and Adult Faith Formation. Her most recent publication, Grace Abounds: A Call to Renew and Awaken your Faith (Ave Maria Press, 2011) gathers several of her keynote presentations delivered at Religious Education Congress over the past twenty years.
May 8, 2012 - TED-style presentation Embrace the Message, Faith, and New Methods!
John Roberto will invite us to Embrace the Faith so that our ministry bears great fruit.
201 Diocesan Creating 21st Century Faith Formation that Engages All Ages and Generations Faith formation today requires new models, approaches, and technologies that are specifically designed for a 21st century world and the diverse religious and spiritual needs of people and communities. This workshop presents a 21st century model of lifelong faith formation and a variety of strategies, resources, and technologies to bring the model to life in a congregation. An abundance of religious content and experiences are now available to every congregation—print, audio, video, and online—making it possible to provide faith formation for all ages and generations, 24x7x365. In order to make this vision a reality, the role of faith formation leaders is shifting from providing religious content and programming to curating religious content and experiences for all ages and making it available to people.
301 Diocesan Putting it Together: Roundtables with a Purpose by Leisa Angslinger and John Roberto Return home from this conference with your plan already begun! Participate in this dynamic synthesis experience with our track presenters. Hear what others are thinking and leave the conference with a clear plan for your immediate next steps.
John Roberto is president of LifelongFaith Associates (www.lifelongfaith.com) and coordinator for the Faith Formation 2020 Initiative (www.faithformation2020.net). John also works on the Vibrant Faith Ministries team as project coordinator of Faith Formation LearningExchange (www.faithformationlearningexchange.net). As a consultant to churches and national organizations, John conducts workshops in faith formation, and has authored books and manuals in youth ministry, family ministry, and intergenerational faith formation. John created the theory and practice of Generations of Faith—an intergenerational, lifelong approach to faith formation; and administered the five-year Lilly Endowment funded project to develop lifelong faith formation. His latest publications include Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith, The Spirit and Culture of Youth Ministry (co-authored), Living Well: Christian Practices for Everyday Life, Becoming a Church of Lifelong Learners, the journal Lifelong Faith, and four volumes of intergenerational learning programs in the People of Faith series. John was the founder and director of the Center for Ministry Development, where he worked for 28 years.
108 Technology: The Parish – A Social Network Each parish is a social network. Catechesis in the parish begins by forging connections among active and inactive parishioners, school students and religious education students, single, married, divorced, and widowed, employed, under-employed, and unemployed, young and old. Use the tools of social media to create a parish portal meeting the needs of today’s parishioners in building the Body of Christ.
Sponsored by William H. Sadlier, Inc
Paul Sanfrancesco is Director of Technology for the Garnet Valley School District in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He teaches as Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Education Department at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, and Neumann University, Aston, PA. Mr. Sanfrancesco was named as one of the “20 to Watch” Educators for 2008 by the National School Boards Association for his work in Instructional Technology. Prior to his current position, he was Director of Technology for the schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Mr. Sanfrancesco and his wife, Kristen, have three children in Catholic school (twins in Grade 2 and a daughter in Kindergarten) at their home parish of Saint Anastasia, Newtown Square, PA.
202 Español Conociendo a Jesús y su Mensaje Una herramienta es un instrumento designado para desarrollar un trabajo más efectivamente. La meta de la sesión Conociendo a Jesús y su Mensaje es presentarles una serie de normas para el uso de personas que catequizan niños de edades cuatro a catorce o Pre-Kinder a Secundaria, para fortalecer a los niños para que vivan como discípulos de Jesús en el mundo de hoy. Este taller hablará acerca de los indicadores del aprendizaje, como también sobre herramientas de evaluación para asegurar que los niños entienden cada lección. Una introducción a un glosario de palabras para cada grado, actividades, oraciones introductorias y aquellas que deberían aprender de memoria.
Enedina Saucedo M.A. is Associate Director of the Office for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministry of the Diocese of San Diego, NCCL member, represents the Hispanic voice at NCCL Rep Council, translator of Knowing Jesus and his Message and CL weekly, 20 years of catechetical experience with children and adults.
Enedina Saucedo M.A. es Directora asociada de la oficina para el Ministerio de Evangelización y Catequesis de la Diócesis de San Diego, miembro de NCCL, representa la voz hispana en el concilio de NCCL, traductora de Conociendo a Jesús y su Mensaje y CL semanal, 20 años de experiencia en catequesis con niños y adultos.
409 Morality Theology of the Body and Catechesis for Chastity In 2008 the United States Bishops published Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living, which mandates that children be given chastity education from preschool through grade twelve. The document provides a clear, easy-to-follow way to present the key concepts of John Paul II’s theology of sexuality to today’s children and teens. This learning session will offer an overview of the Chaste Living document, will show how it correlates with the Theology of the Body, and will offer ideas on how it can be implemented.
Sister Kieran Sawyer, SSND, is nationally known for her creative work in youth ministry and adolescent catechesis. She has taught religion at all levels of grade and high school, in Catholic schools and in Religious Education Programs, and has presented numerous workshops and programs for religion teachers, catechists, and youth ministers across the country. Sr. Kieran is the Director Emeritus of the TYME OUT Youth Center in Stone Bank, Wisconsin, a youth retreat center which she founded in 1980. Her current ministry is giving workshops for catechists, youth ministers, and training facilitators for the family-based chastity and sexual abuse prevention program, Learning about L.I.F.E., which she co-authored with Kathie Amidei. She also writes middle-school and high-school lesson plans for the Center for Ministry Development’s online program Youth Ministry Access Sr. Kieran’s publications include Learning about L.I.F.E: Love, Infatuation, Friendship, and Exploitation; the online program L.I.F.E. Plus; Sex and the Teenager: Choices and Decisions; Faith Facts for Young Catholics; Time Out: Resources for Teen Retreats; and Confirming Faith: a Confirmation Preparation Program for High School Teens. Her materials are published by Ave Maria Press, the Center for Ministry Development, and Econographics.
109 Evangelization: If Evangelization is the Mission, Initiation provides the Job Description Through presentation and conversation, we will explore how the Church’s vision of evangelization is given flesh for the parish in its ministries of initiation.
Sponsored by: NA Forum
Jim Schellman is executive director of The North American Forum on the Catechumenate, an international network of pastoral ministers involved in the renewal of the catechumenate. He served previously as associate director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), the official body that has developed the worship books for English-speaking Roman Catholics since the Second Vatican Council. He was one of the final editors of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Jim served as ICEL’s ecumenical officer and was editor of the original edition of the Revised Common Lectionary. He has worked for over twenty years in liturgical and ministerial formation as a writer, editor, and presenter at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Jim did graduate liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Brian Singer-Towns, MThS
212 Scripture The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church Pope Benedict XVI’s most recent Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini (The Word of the Lord), is the most significant ecclesial document on Scripture since Dei Verbum. This workshop will review the exhortation’s major themes with an emphasis on the implication for catechetical ministry. Time will be provided for participants to discuss the document and its potential impact on their ministry.
Sponsored by: Saint Mary's Press
Brian Singer-Towns, MThS, joined the editorial staff of Saint Mary's Press after more than fifteen years in volunteer and professional youth ministry. Brian's extensive background in theology, youth ministry, and religious education is reflected in his contributions to the Horizons and Total Faith™ programs and in his work as general editor for The Catholic Youth Bible®, The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth and Breakthrough! The Bible for Young Catholics. Brian also leads workshops for leaders around the country on biblical literacy and other youth ministry topics. He resides in Winona, MN, and serves as senior editor, author, and workshop presenter for Saint Mary’s Press.
Dr. Michael Steier
508 Morality Update Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizens
“The Church wishes to help form consciences in political life and to stimulate greater insight into the authentic requirements of justice as well as greater readiness to act accordingly”(Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, no. 28). Participants will be introduced to the U.S. Bishops document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” via a PowerPoint presentation and some very helpful handouts. This session is particularly designed for parish and diocesan catechetical leaders, catechists and Catholic school teachers as they prepare their various constituencies to live their faith in the public square and protect the lives and dignity of the poor and vulnerable.
Sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Dr. Michael Steier originally hails from Louisville, KY. He served for 20 years as a parish DRE in 4 mid-western parishes, for 5 years as a Diocesan Director in Camden, NJ and for 3 years as Secretary for Evangelization and Catechetical Formation in Camden. He is married to Joyce, and they have 4 young adult children. Since December 2003 he has served as Associate Director, Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis at the USCCB. His education includes graduate studies at the Angelicum (Rome, Italy), a M.Div. and M.A. in Theology from St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, MI, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD.
May 8, 2012 - TED-style presentation Embrace the Message, Faith, and New Methods!
Jonathan Sullivan of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will ask us to be creative and Embrace New Methods!
207 Technology Resistance is Futile: The Catechetical Benefits of Being Assimilated by the Digital Culture In this learning session Jonathan will expand on the theme of his TED-style keynote by asking the question “How is the information revolution changing expectations of catechesis and catechetical leaders?” He will examine five trends in the “digital culture” and how they may help parishes support adult faith formation.
Jonathan F. Sullivan currently serves as the director of catechetical ministries for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and hosts the Catechetical Leader podcast. He blogs on catechetical topics at www.JonathanFSullivan.com.
Dr. Nancy Thompson
110 Rural: Addressing Special Needs in Rural Parishes by
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Sponsored by: National Catholic Partnership on Disability
Dr. Nancy Thompson and Janice Benton
403 Español Soy Catequista: como encontrar y desarrollar líderes en la catequesis Hay una dignidad en la vocación del catequista, un llamado de Dios al ministerio de la Iglesia. Este llamado sagrado tiene sus raíces en nuestras promesas bautismales. Esta dignidad es nuestro “tesoro” que debemos pasar a otras personas que están interesadas en ser catequistas. Es nuestro deber crear un programa para asegurar que estamos desarrollando líderes entre nuestros catequistas actuales y también atrayendo catequistas nuevos. En este taller, veremos los mejores métodos e ideas concretas que nos ayudan a reclutar nuevos catequistas y también avanzarlos al liderazgo. En fin, veremos que reconociendo nuestra vocación esta en el centro de nuestros esfuerzos de reclutamiento de catequistas. Patrocinado por William H. Sadlier, Inc.
Víctor Valenzuela es consultor bilingüe a nivel nacional de William H. Sadlier Inc. Por más de 20 años ha estado trabajando en el ministerio hispano. Ha sido maestro de secundaria y ha colaborado en diversos ministerios parroquiales incluyendo pastoral juvenil y educación religiosa, donde tiene una gran experiencia preparando materiales. Terminó sus estudios superiores en el seminario St. Joseph en Mountain View, California y tiene dos años de teología cursados en el seminario St. Patricks. También tiene su maestría en educación religiosa de la Universidad de San Francisco. Nació en Arizona de padres mexicanos, ha vivido la mayor parte de su vida en el área de la bahía. Actualmente vive en Alameda, CA. Victor Valenzula is a National Religion Consultant for Bilingual Resources for William H. Sadlier, Inc. He has presented workshops to numerous groups both regionally and nationally. Victor has been in ministry for 20 years including classroom teaching, youth ministry, teacher training, and writing and development of new materials. He has a Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph Seminary in Menlo Park, CA and a Masters of Arts from the University of San Francisco. Born in Arizona to parents of Mexican descent, he is fully bilingual and bicultural.
502 Español Descubrir, Capacitar y Enviar a Líderes Catequéticos Para descubrir y capacitor a líderes catequéticos tenemos que recordar permanentemente y analizar las necesidades de cada parroquia en particular, además de proporcionar capacitación adecuada y asesoramiento para su crecimiento personal, lograda por una preparación integral y permanente. Para que de este modo logren ser dirigentes de sus comunidades con mejores relaciones personales entre sí y un acompañamiento adecuado. En este taller analizaremos puntos claves, algunos métodos e ideas nuevas que nos ayuden a enviar a líderes catequéticos preparados a llevar a cabo la misión de catequizar y evangelizar en este mundo multicultural la misión de Jesús.
Lupita Vital es del Estado de Jalisco México. Ella tiene una gran experiencia en el ramo de la Catequesis, ha trabajado en este ministerio por los últimos 35 años. En las Diócesis en las que ha servido son las de Tabasco, Guadalajara, y San José, en California. Lupita tiene diplomas de la Escuela Catequística Diocesana y el Instituto Bíblico Católico de Guadalajara, Jalisco México. Además obtuvo un Diploma en Teología de la Universidad de Notre Dame, Indiana y de la Escuela Jesuita de Teología en Berkeley, CA. Tiene un Certificado en Especialización en la Vida Pastoral, de la Universidad de Loyola en New Orleans. En el año 2005 obtuvo su Maestría en Catequesis de la Universidad de Santa Clara, en Santa Clara, CA. Desde el año 2000, sirve en la Diócesis de San Jose, CA. Como Asociada para la Catequesis de los Hispanos. En junio de 2007 recibió de la Santa Sede el reconocimiento de la Cruz “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for the Church end Pontiff). Este año 2009 ha sido nombrada Directora del Apostolado Hispano para la Diócesis de San José California. Este año 2010 escribió los folletos de “Un Nuevo Comienzo meditaciones diarias para Adviento y Navidad, Cuaresma y Pascua. Para la casa editorial de Libros Liguory. En el 2011 ha escrito” el libro “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe para Niños - Our Lady of Guadalupe for Children.” De Liguori Publications.
111 Leadership: Knowing Jesus and His Message Originally formulated as a curriculum guide, Knowing Jesus and His Message was redesigned to be a comprehensive, catechist-friendly resource for use with both religion texts and lectionary-based materials. Participants will see how this creative resource was developed, the rationale behind the design and the multi-faceted ways it can be used and adapted for individual parish programs.
Michael Wagner has been a member of the Department of Christian Formation, Diocese of Ogdensburg, for over 30 years. Currently, he is Associate Director. Wagner serves on NCCL’s Representative Council representing the Diocesan Staff Forum. He is one of the authors of Knowing Jesus and His Message, published by NCCL.
Dr. Thomas and Rita Walters
401 Diocesan Catechetical Leaders: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow The results of the recent 2011 National Survey of Parish Catechetical Leaders conducted by Tom and Rita will be explained. We will then discuss how the results compare with earlier surveys in an effort to assess the state of catechetical leadership and where it needs to go in the coming years. Participants will be invited to share their reflections on a number of key findings. Survey results are available at: (http://trresearch.web.officelive.com/2011NationalSurveyofCatecheticalLeaders.aspx)
Dr. Thomas and Rita Walters have been involved in the catechetical ministry for over 40 years and have been researching the ministry since the late 1970s. Their research has centered on diocesan and parish catechetical leaders in the United States: who they are, what they do and their perceptions of effectiveness. Tom, a former president of NCCL, is professor of religious education at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Rita is retired from a career as a grant writer.
410 Technology The Internet and the New Evangelization Pope Benedict has proclaimed: “Without fear we must set sail on the digital sea!” Numerous conversions to Jesus Christ and his Holy Church have been the direct result of carrying forth the Gospel upon the medium of the Internet. In this session, we will survey several examples of how the Church is presently evangelizing anew upon the digital continent. We will also dive into practical ways you and others can effectively utilize the New Media to carry forth the New Evangelization.
Carson Weber presently serves as the Associate Director for New Media Evangelization for the Diocese of Sacramento. Before working in the chancery, Carson directed the formation of adults on the parish level, including the R.C.I.A., Bible study, and door-to-door evangelization. You may have come across his podcast: “Understanding the Scriptures,” which is available 24/7 at CatholicBoard.com. With one foot in the technological world and the other in theology, Carson helps parishes navigate the new media and discover resources that help advance the New Evangelization. He resides in Antelope, CA with his beautiful bride, Rebecca, and their two daughters, Thérèse (4) and Bernadette (21 months).
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