2002 Religious Education Congress

Sunday Workshops - Period 7

February 17, 2002 • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

7-00 Transforming Middle School Programs: Blending and Balancing ... Ministry vs. Classroom 

Mary Lee Becker

Which is better for young adolescents: Catholic school, weekly religious education programs or parish youth ministry? The answer: Yes! How can parishes and Catholic schools balance the need for classroom education and the need to develop youth ministry for young adolescents? How might we view classrooms as "ministry settings" and youth ministry activities as faith-forming opportunities? Discover strategies for infusing ministry dynamics within the classroom and principles for creating effective youth activities that nurture faith.

7-01 Seven Secrets of a Successful Catechist 

Nancy Bird

Looking for ways to be energized? Does your call as a catechist need to be recharged? Join us for simple suggestions on ways to enrich your faith life, rejuvenate your call to ministry and get practical ideas to enliven your classroom.

7-02 What Apocalyptic Tells us About Catholic Spirituality 

Rev. Lawrence Boadt, C.S.P.

Building on the three core centers of Old Testament faith – Torah worship, prophecy and wisdom – apocalyptic emerged as a passionate defense of God’s role in governing the world and in human society. The key elements of apocalyptic are found in the Books of Daniel and Revelation, and these offer us powerful spiritual keys to being Catholic in a strongly secular world and in our American cultural bias against religion today.

7-03 Maintaining an Active Presence in the Moral and Spiritual Growth of Your Teen 

Michael Carotta, Ed.D.

Busy working with other people’s children while barely hanging in there with your own? Given in a casual parent-to-parent style, this session aims to help all of us gain clarity and confidence in working with the spiritual growth of our own teens.

7-04 Filipino Catechists as Intercultural Educators

Rev. Faustino Cruz, S.M., Ph.D.

What teaching and learning skills will enable us to educate more effectively in faith, in a U.S. church and society of many cultures? We will explore some contemporary approaches.


7-05 The HIV/AIDS Pandemic: Stories of Faith and Hope 

As we enter the third decade of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, we look beyond the statistics and the stereotypes to listen to the stories of the people whose lives have been affected. As a people of faith and tradition, we link these stories to the Gospel of life and love. This workshop will provide an opportunity to listen and tell stories of faith and hope in a time of AIDS.

Rev. Rodney J. DeMartini

Fr. Rodney DeMartini, a priest of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Calif., served on the founding Board of Directors for the National Catholic AIDS Network and currently serves as their Executive Director. Nationally recognized as a leader in AIDS education, he lectures throughout the United States and in Canada. Fr. DeMartini, a book author, continues to write articles on ministry to persons with HIV/AIDS.

7-06 Finding God Through the Playthings of Creation 

Through the concrete experience of Divine Creation – air, light, water, earth and living things – children and, yes, even adults can experience the wonder of God’s overflowing love for the world and those who inhabit it. Splashing in cool water, gooshing mud through fingers and toes, blowing bubbles into God’s air, watching the prismatic splintering of a sunbeam making a rainbow, all shout out the glory of God! Learn how these God-experiences transform a child’s world.

Early Childhood Advisory Board

Continuting the work of more than 20 years, this multi-talented group of catechists and educators strives to help others appreciate the importance of experiencing God’s love concretely during the crucial pre-school years. Workshops offered by the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Board are fun and informative.

7-07 I Want To Be a Part of My Church! 

Rev. John C. Cusick

Many young adults insist that their parish works well with two groups of people: school-age families and senior citizens. Many faith-filled young adults just don’t fit those categories. This workshop will explore some ways to make young adults more active and present in their parishes.

7-08 The Real Sexual Revolution: Spirituality and the Future of Human Loving 

Fran Ferder, F.S.P.A. & Rev. John Heagle

It has been several decades since our society experienced the "sexual revolution." Some viewed this as a time of liberation and coming-of-age; others saw it as a period of permissiveness and irresponsibility. In the end, both these perspectives are limited. What began emerging almost a half-century ago is far more than a passing social trend. It is nothing less than a transformation in human consciousness – a challenge to deepen our experience and understanding of human sexuality. This workshop addresses this "unfinished revolution" by exploring the spirituality of human intimacy and relationships.

7-09 Powerful Prayer Experiences for You and Your Students 

Amy Florian

When children participate in meaningful prayer in their classroom, they learn the power of prayer in the rest of their lives. This session looks at turning points in young people’s lives, especially difficult or tragic circumstances, and gives you hands-on, practical ways to ritualize these circumstances in classroom prayer that makes a difference.

7-10 Practisicum: Teaching the Jesus Prayer 

Mary Margaret Funk, O.S.B.

This will be a practical session for teachers of prayer. A teaching on the context of the Jesus Prayer and how one would know if the Jesus Prayer is a practice for them. Finally, a demonstration of teaching the Jesus Prayer to Christian contemplative seekers.

7-11 Liturgical Space: The Importance of Architecture and Design 

This will be a presentation of three basic floor plans for liturgy, including suggestions for the Easter Vigil. What works best for Sunday Eucharist? And what about special liturgies like funerals and weddings?

Rev. John Gallen, S.J.

A well-known speaker throughout the nation, Fr. John Gallen is devoted to providing liturgical expertise for parish missions and retreats. He is the former Director of the Murphy Center of Liturgical Research at Notre Dame, Ind., and the former Associate Director of Liturgy at the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Phoenix, Ariz.

Thomas R. Slon, S.J.

Thomas Slon, a Jesuit priest of the New York Province, is currently Project Architect at Arthur John Sikula Associates. A certified architect, Slon’s work focuses on the interplay between architectural design for the Church and the liturgical renewal inaugurated by the Second Vatican Council.

7-12 The Preferential Option for the Poor 

Dr. Roberto S. Goizueta

This session will examine the notion of the preferential option for the poor in Catholic theology and ecclesial documents. Discussion will focus on the relationship between the preferential option for the poor and Christian faith, praxis, theology and prayer.

7-13 Lay Spirituality in the Marketplace – Transforming the World

Greer Gordon

Our baptismal commitment calls us to witness, worship, service. We are summoned to be witnesses to the Light of Christ in the marketplace and to awaken others to the wonders of God’s transforming power. How does this challenge us to reshape our way of living, working, relating, praying?

7-14 The Art of Spiritual Direction: A Ministry Reborn for Our Times 

Richard F. Groves

The new millennium is witnessing a renaissance of the "art of spiritual direction." Dioceses, parishes and retreat centers are being asked to respond to an unprecedented spiritual hunger of laity, religious and clergy for new ways of soulful companionship and discernment. The Art of Spiritual Direction Program created by presenter Richard Groves is a unique response to persons all over the West Coast who are being called to learn and be guided within this renewed tradition of Catholic Christianity.

7-15 How To Be Me When the World Wants Someone Else 

Rev. Terry Hershey

We all feel caught in the dilemma of playing the roles that other people ask us to play. And wearing the masks that we "think" other people want us to wear. Why is it easier to play these prescribed roles? What are we afraid will happen if we begin to look behind the mask? What does it mean to be "real" and authentic? Is it possible to peel back the mask? In this workshop, Terry Hershey takes a look at our identity. Who or what owns us? Where does our faith fit? What are the "tapes" we play? Is it possible to find acceptance even there, to celebrate and embrace who we are – and the life we hold – today?

7-16 The Spirituality of the "Spirituals" – Songs of Empowerment and Liberation 

The focus of this workshop is on the power of the Spirituals and how this music can directly affect communal prayer and the Gospel mission of the community. The black experience is an immense part of the American Catholic experience and this music can add an unmatchable beauty and charism to the repertoire of liturgical music.

Tom Kendzia

A liturgical musician for over 20 years, Tom Kendzia is known throughout the United States as a composer and arranger, recording producer, teacher, clinician, author and performer. He is currently Director of Music Ministries at Christ the King Church in Kingston, R.I. His articles and columns have appeared in Modern Liturgy, Today’s Parish and Pastoral Music, among others.

Val Limar Jansen

Val Limar Jansen has sung sacred music since she was 5 years old. She trained as a Fine Arts major and is currently Professor & Visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Jansen has sung and toured professionally throughout the United States and abroad, appearing in plays, musicals or as principal vocalist.

7-17 Religious Experience in Contemporary Arts

Rev. Michael Joncas

Humans encounter God in a variety of media. Visual artists, composers, novelists and poets draw our attention to the sacramentality of the world. This session will offer an introduction to spiritual themes in the arts since 1950.

7-18 The Colors and Symbols of a Multicultural Church 

Bro. Michael O’Neill McGrath, O.S.F.S.

Art and story help us to see traditional symbols of Church, but with the new eyes of our multicultural, modern faith. We will take a look at tradition with a twist. Practical suggestions and project ideas will be offered.

7-19 Grace and Sacraments 

Rev. Kenan B. Osborne

In this workshop, we will consider the present theological discussion: a) grace and the sacrifice of the Mass; b) grace and forgiveness of sin (absolution); and c) grace and Baptism – salvation and the unbaptized.

7-20 It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie: Teaching Morality

Kate Ristow

This workshop will explore practical ideas for teaching the Commandments and other morality tenets to intermediate and junior-high students. We’ll also focus on how to help kids live what they learn!

7-21 Cultivating Spiritual Awareness 

This workshop will examine spirituality and how it can be cultivated in everyday life through sensory awareness and practice.

Wade Clark Roof

Dr. Wade Clark Roof is the J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author of numerous books, the latest being "Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion" and "Contemporary American Religion," a two-volume encyclopedia." Currently he is conducting research on religious pluralism in Southern California.

7-22 "On the Road to Emmaus" – Finding Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures 

Kevin Saunders

Jesus meets and greets two of his Disciples on the road to Emmaus after His Resurrection. In His conversation with them, He explains what is said in Scriptures (the Hebrew Scriptures) concerning Himself. In our session, we will see if one can find Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures. You will be as amazed as these Disciples with our discussion.

7-23 Teen Prayer ... The Other Six and a Half Days of the Week 

Anna Scally

Imagine the possibilities of helping teens pray more meaningfully. Discover an approach that gets teens excited about their spiritual journey and praying. Finish this workshop with proven principles to challenge teens to lead prayer and participate actively in retreats and ministry settings. As a bonus to you, watch your conversation with God become more alive as well!

7-24 Fostering Staff Interaction: Adapting to Diverse Communication Styles 

Rev. Tom Sweetser, S.J. & Sr. Peg Bishop, O.S.F.

People have preferred ways of sorting and making sense of the communication they receive. The purpose of this presentation is to help pastors, staff and parish leaders understand these diverse communication styles and improve their interaction with one another as they become more aware of how they differ in their modes of receiving and giving communication to each other.

7-25 Brain-Compatible Teaching: Jesus Was a Brain-Compatible Teacher 

Jean Marie Weber

This presentation will cover a basic introduction to brain-compatible teaching and learning. We will explore how this high-energy, fun-filled approach to education can help change the ways in which we work with children/youth in our religious education programs. We will experience ways to make religious education classes interesting and fun as well as manage classrooms in an effective, loving manner. Jesus, the greatest of all teachers, demonstrated brain-compatible techniques. Come and see!

7-26 Remembering the Lessons of Life (Stories for the Second Half of Life) 

David Wells

The Church encourages catechesis for all. David Wells will use stories, poetry and prayers to accompany the different stages of life. In Part Two (you don’t have to come to Part One), he will explore parenthood, mid-life, retirement and the experiences of the elderly. The ideas and resources shared can then be used in all sorts of sacramental contexts. A lively, moving presentation intended to engage the heart and the mind. Bring a box of tissues! (Continuation of Session 3-26.)

7-70 Exegesis on John 9:1-40

John Francis "Cha" Toan

The miracle of Jesus’ giving sight to the man blind from birth and the Disciple’s questioning the cause of the man’s blindness, invites us to participate and bring about the Kingdom of God. What is the difference between curing and healing?

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