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1-01  Parish Life Director Track  

“Parish Life Director” or “PLD” – When you hear that term, do you wonder what it means? Join us on Friday, February 22 for a full day of workshops, discussions, networking and prayer as we look at this role of the PLD: lay women and men who are given the overall pastoral care of a parish in the absence of a priest pastor. They are an important part of the lay ecclesial ministers serving our Church today. A panel of presenters will inform us of the possibilities in this field and give those of us already serving, challenging input. (Please make sure to also select Sessions 2-01 and 3-01.)

Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Gerald Wilkerson was ordained a priest for the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 1965 by Cardinal James McIntryre. He served at three parishes before becoming Pastor at Our Lady of Grace Church in Encino, Calif., for 15 years. In 1996, Bishop Wilkerson was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Los Angeles Archdiocese for the San Fernando Region. He has served on a variety of committees for the archdiocese and for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and is currently President of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops.

Rev. Richard Vega

Fr. Richard Vega, a priest of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, is currently Pastor at St. Frances of Rome Parish in Azusa, Calif. From 2006-2012, he served as President of the National Federation of Priests Councils. Fr. Vega was pastor of La Purisima Concepcion in Lompoc, Calif., after serving as a parochial vicar in the Los Angeles Archdiocese from 1983 to 1994. He has been a presenter for the Offices of Divine Worship, Religious Education, and Youth in both Los Angeles and Chicago.

Edward P. Hahnenberg, PhD

Dr. Edward Hahnenberg is the Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University in Cleveland. He is the author of three books – “Ministries: A Relational Approach,” “A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II,” and “Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call,” and is a contributor to Give Us This Day. Dr. Hahnenberg is past consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Lay Ministry and current delegate to the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue..

Jeffrey S. Siker

Since 1987, Dr. Jeffrey Siker has taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in the Department of Theological Studies, where he has served as Graduate Director and as Chair of the Department. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and teaches widely throughout the region at churches and varied settings, including several appearances at the L.A. Congress. Author of several books, Dr. Siker’s most recent work is entitled “President Obama, the Bible, and Political Rhetoric.”

1-02  The Meaning and Development of Conscience

This workshop will address the meaning and development of conscience in terms of a Catholic understanding of the subject. Specific points will be made in terms of teaching this subject clearly and well, with particular attention to The Catechism of the Catholic Church and Veritatis Splendor, John Paul II’s encyclical on the Church’s role in moral teaching.

Gerald D. Coleman, SS

Sulpician Fr. Gerald Coleman is Vice President of the Daughters of Charity Health System in Northern California. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University, and formerly served as President and Rector at St. Patrick Seminary & University in Menlo Park, Calif. Fr. Coleman has spoken widely in the United States on moral, pastoral and medical concerns and is a frequent presenter at the L.A. Congress.

1-03  Praying 24/7 

Praying can be defined as being with God. This workshop will explore the many ways we can pray, to be with God at all times and in all ways. We will look into “personal, private room” prayers to prayer tools you can use while you’re going about your daily activities. The session will offer ways of prayer practiced by saints, devotees and followers of the teachings of Jesus. Perhaps, by knowing and using these tools of prayer, we will experience every inhale as “alleluia” and every exhale as “amen.” Praying 24/7 helps us to “Enter the Mystery” and stay there.

Roy Espiritu DeLeon, OblSB

Roy DeLeon, an Oblate of St. Benedict, is a spiritual director and certified yoga instructor. He represented his community, St. Placid Priory in Lacey, Wash., at the First World Congress of Benedictine Oblates in Rome, Italy in 2005. He wrote and illustrated “Praying with the Body: Bringing the Psalms to Life.” DeLeon teaches an ongoing Blessed Movements prayer session and conducts workshops at churches, monasteries and retreat centers. He works as a graphic designer with a consulting engineering firm and resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Annie.

1-04  Enter the Mystery: Job and the Silence of God    (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Job, a person familiar with pain and suffering, cries out to God: “Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone wrong” (Job 6:24). And yet, God remains silent time and time again in the face of Job’s most desperate moments. This workshop invites participants to explore the Book of Job and to Enter the Mystery of God’s silence. How are we to understand divine silence in the face of pain and suffering?

Carol J. Dempsey, OP, PhD

Dr. Carol Dempsey is a Professor of Theology (Biblical Studies) at the University of Portland, Ore., where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students. A renown lecturer and scholar both nationally and internationally, Dr. Dempsey has authored and edited five books, edited four and published numerous articles and papers. Her latest work is entitled “Reading the Bible, Transforming Conflict.”

1-05  Enter the Mystery: Witness the Way

We are familiar with witnesses in court placing their hand on the Bible. As disciples, we “touch” Scripture, but what else must we “touch” in order to Enter the Mystery? What can guide our journey and help us to recalculate when necessary? And how, in this Year of Faith with the call to the New Evangelization, do we invite others to Enter the Mystery?

Carole Eipers, DMin

Dr. Carole Eipers is Vice President, Executive Director of Catechetics for William H. Sadlier, Inc. She served in parish ministries for over 20 years as a teacher, director of religious education, youth minister and pastoral associate. Dr. Eipers also served as Director of the Office for Catechesis for the Chicago Archdiocese for nine years and also served as President of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. She has made presentations internationally and has been published in the area of catechetics. Her book is entitled “Sending Out Roots: Helping Parents and Teachers to Share the Faith.”

1-06  The Living Jesus in Our Experiences of Love, Joy, Need, Fear, Sorrow and Anger: A Spirituality   (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

In this special interest session, Fr. Bob Fabing will explore Christ’s Presence in our everyday experiences and focus on how to live these with Christ personally present, praying for us each moment of our day. Fr. Fabing will touch upon his experience as a marriage and family therapist and spiritual director as a source for our finding this sense of support and consolation in our emotional journey.

Robert Fabing, SJ

Fr. Bob Fabing founded The Jesuit Institute for Family Life International Network, which has 89 marriage counseling and family therapy centers located in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America and the United States. The Jesuit priest is also founder and Director of the 36-Day program in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, Calif., where he lives. Fr. Fabing is author of five books and a composer of 12 CDs of liturgical music.

1-07  The Trouble with Transitions

Transitions happen any time you leave behind a person, thing, or world to move into another – a change in pastor, a new job, the end of a relationship, losing an ability you once had, the death of a loved one, retiring, becoming an empty nester – the list goes on. It doesn’t even matter if the move is positive or negative, we still grieve for what we left behind. How can you better cope with transitions, especially the tough ones? How can you help your parish, ministry, family and friends? Come learn what you need to know about the grief involved in these difficult times so you and those you care about can come out the other side with wholeness, healing and peace.

Amy Florian

Amy Florian is a liturgy and bereavement consultant, instructor in a graduate ministry program, and CEO of Corgenius, a company that teaches professionals how to support grieving clients. She has 30 years of parish and conference experience, and has authored over 90 articles and two books. Florian is on the adjunct faculties at Loyola University of Chicago, Dominican University and St. Xavier University, and her workshops, training sessions and retreats span the country, at national, regional and local conferences.

1-08  Divine Wonder: The Sacraments as a Joyful Surrender and Rebirth into the Mystery of Love 

The theme for this year’s Congress, “Enter the Mystery,” is inspired by the Transfiguration of Christ. Let us climb the mountain with Peter, James and John and savor the divine wonder of the sacramental mystery. Learn how to take the “mountain” of encounter with Christ, with you, wherever you go.

Rev. Richard N. Fragomeni

Richard Fragomeni, a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., is Associate Professor of Liturgy and Homiletics, and Chair of the Department of Word and Worship at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. In addition to his teaching, preaching and other duties, he serves as spiritual director for the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago’s Little Italy. Fr. Fragomeni has written on a wide variety of topics; his latest works include “Blessed Art Thou: Mother, Lady, Mystic” and “At the Name of Jesus: The Way, The Truth, The Light,” with Bro. Michael O’Neill McGrath.

1-09  On the Road with Luke: The Drama of the Journey 

In this year of Luke’s Gospel, come and join Anne Frawley-Mangan in this interactive and fun workshop! You will discover practical ways to help children engage with this Scripture by involving their mind, body and spirit through the creative process of drama. Be prepared to move, play and enjoy!

Anne Frawley-Mangan

For over 20 years, Anne Frawley-Mangan has been Creative Director of Litmus Productions in Brisbane, Australia, where she writes and publishes drama and music resources for use in education and liturgy. Frawley-Mangan, who teaches Speech and Proclamation at Holy Spirit Seminary, Brisbane, presents workshops and keynote addresses in Australia, New Zealand and North America. Her works include “Mark My Words: Dramas From Mark’s Gospel” and other titles with Michael Mangan.

1-10  Does a Shared Doctrinal Teaching Authority Have an Ecumenical Future? 

In 2005, a French ecumenical group known as the Groupe des Dombes issued a document in which they considered divisions between Catholics and Protestants regarding the need for a doctrinal teaching authority (what Catholics call the Magisterium). This presentation will explore the group’s unique approach to ecumenical issues and the challenges their document presents for the Catholic Church’s own understanding and exercise of doctrinal teaching authority.

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz is the Joseph McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College. He is a popular public speaker who has written over 100 pastoral and academic articles, has authored or edited 10 books, and is a contributor to Give Us This Day. His works include “Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of Vatican II” (co-authored with Catherine Clifford), and he edited “When the Magisterium Intervenes.” Dr. Gaillardetz is currently President-Elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America..

 1-11 Evangelization and Young People 

The young generation of today is desperate for hope, love and unconditional acceptance. In this workshop, Fr. Rob Galea will explore ways in which we can reach out to this generation in relevant ways in parish or school settings or on an individual level.

Fr. Rob Galea

Singer/songwriter Fr. Rob Galea, an ordained Catholic priest, serves in Shepparton, Victoria, Australia. In addition to his series of recordings and four CD releases, Fr. Galea has also written a number of songs for various campaigns and international conferences. He is co-founder of “Stronger,” a youth program with a series of retreats, rallies and small group meetings that take place around the Diocese of Sandhurst, Perth, Australia. Fr. Galea has appeared on several TV and radio shows in Malta, Canada and Australia and at the past two World Youth Days.

1-12  Apprenticeship and Catechesis: Formation in the RCIA 

The apprenticeship model is the Church’s preferred method of formation in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Apprenticeship is more than just a series of “field trips” for catechumens and candidates. Discover practical ways that catechesis flows into and out of simple apprenticeship activities. This is truly a “learning by doing” model for you RCIA process!

Dr. Jerry Galipeau

Dr. Jerry Galipeau is Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer at World Library Publications in Franklin Park, Ill. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and has authored numerous publications and presented keynotes and workshops at all major Catholic liturgical and catechetical conferences and diocesan conferences in the United States and Canada. He blogs and is author of “Gathered to Serve” and editor of “The Impact of the RCIA.”

1-13  God, Suffering and Conversion 

At some point, all of us – as human beings – are touched by suffering. It may be our own or that of someone we love, but each and every one of us will encounter it. Times of fiscal uncertainty, workplace distress, mid-life disillusionment, prolonged illness and experiences of loss can create within us a sense of unending struggle. Broken and isolated, we find it hard to hold on to ourselves, let alone God. This session will address the process of conversion of heart (metanoia); that is, the means by which God engages suffering as a tool for our spiritual growth. It will offer from Christian tradition practical suggestions and spiritual tools for living through suffering.

Dr. Greer G. Gordon

Dr. Greer Gordon is a Roman Catholic theologian, author and lecturer known for her teaching, publications and work in the fields of evangelization and catechesis. She has served on the faculties at the University of Massachusetts and at Regis College in Weston, Mass., and has been a diocesan director in cities across the country. Dr. Gordon was one of eight American women invited by the Vatican to respond to Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical on Women. A frequent speaker at the L.A. Congress, Dr. Gordon has delivered both a keynote and Sunday morning address.

1-14  The Trinitarian Mystery 

This workshop will examine some of the recent developments in the doctrine of the Trinity. It will explore the way in which the mystery of the Trinity has been recovered and its significance for Christian life – personal and ecclesial.

James Hanvey, SJ

Jesuit Fr. James Hanvey taught at the University of London’s Heythrop College, where he founded and was Director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Society. He also worked as the theological consultant to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Fr. Hanvey is currently the Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought at the University of San Francisco’s Joan and Ralph Lane Center. He is working on a new book, and has contributed chapters to various forthcoming publications on human dignity and the anniversary of Vatican II.

1-15  Living Without Fear: The Truth About Intimacy, Love and Passion 

The truth is that intimacy has little to do with the other person. Most of us don’t want intimacy, we want security; because intimacy is about openness, vulnerability and risk. And vulnerability can hurt. What do we desire in our relationships? And why do we settle for less? Why do we give up a part of ourselves for security? Is it possible to love someone even with doubts, mystery and upheaval? Is it possible to find a relationship with someone who is afraid of intimacy? How do we nourish our inner life – and find strength even when trust is betrayed? How do we practice a love built on a foundation of kindness, appreciation, sensitivity and attention?

Rev. Terry Hershey

Terry Hershey, founder of Hershey & Associates, is an inspirational speaker, humorist, author and landscape designer who lives on Vashon Island, near Seattle. His gardens and books have been featured in magazines and newspapers of the Pacific Northwest, and his work has been featured on CNN, PBS and NPR. The Protestant minister divides his time between designing sanctuary gardens, speaking at numerous events every year throughout the United States and Canada, and writing resources, blogs and books. Hershey’s newest book is “The Power of Pause.”

1-16  Let’s Talk: Bringing Both Sides in Parish Together 

Today’s world and today’s parishes can often be splintered by differing points of view about everything from how we celebrate liturgy, to how we stand up for justice, to what we should say about world events. We in the church should not reflect the polarization that we find in politics and business. We should model the spirit of Christ. How can we approach one another with charity, honesty and love? How can we create parish structures and programs that reflect the best of what it means to be truly Catholic? Entering the mystery of faith calls us to no less! Bill Huebsch will provide practical models and examples we can follow to do this at home.

Bill Huebsch

Bill Huebsch is Director of PastoralPlanning.com, the online Pastoral Center at Twenty-Third Publications, where he formerly served as President. He worked as diocesan administrator for many years in Minnesota. Huebsch later served as DRE in a suburban Minneapolis parish. He has many published works, including “Growing Up Catholic,” “Growing Faith,” “Dreams and Visions,” and his most recent work, “Come to the Table / Ven a la Mesa.” Huebsch has spoken to thousands of people over the span of his career both nationally and internationally.

1-17  Kingdom of God Commitments: Seven World-Changing Expressions of Faith 

There are many ways that faith gets practically expressed in the life of discipleship and in the Church’s social mission. This presentation will look at seven challenging and sometimes underemphasized dimensions of discipleship: simplicity, commitment to those who are poor, forgiveness, resistance, nonviolence, voluntary displacement, and martyrdom. We will look at each of these expressions, some of the saints who embodied them, and what their spiritual and practical meaning might be for us in the 21st century.

Jack Jezreel

Jack Jezreel spent six years in a Catholic Worker community before turning his attention to transformative education. He is the original author of JustFaith and now serves as Chief Executive Officer of JustFaith Ministries. For the last 12 years, Jezreel has given about 40 presentations and workshops per year, including keynote addresses, continuing education for priests, deacons and diocesan staff, and parish or regional conventions. He was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Los Angeles Congress.

1-18  Where God Hides

This workshop explores in word and song how we can bring spiritual awakening and consolation into our lives in every circumstance – taking inspiration from the book of Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything under the sun.”

Fr. Liam Lawton

Liam Lawton is a priest of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Ireland, where he serves as Director of Music. He has recorded 15 collections of music and has written two books; his latest, “Where God Hides,” was just recently published. Fr. Lawton’s music has been translated into many languages and he has recorded two PBS specials. Lawton has presented at conferences in Europe and across the United States and is a regular presenter at the L.A. Congress.

1-19  Finding Your Ministerial “Community of Practice” 

There is much talk these days about the rise of social learning due to the many social media tools that shape the way we work, learn, share and relate. However, social learning isn’t new. We have always learned with others in small and large groups. If we want to stay fresh and current in our ministry practices, we must be part a “community of ministerial practice.” This workshop will help participants reflect on how they can seek out, contribute to, and start communities of “ministerial practice” at local and national levels – regardless of whether they gather face-to-face or virtually.

Charlotte McCorquodale, PhD

Originally from Lake Charles, La., Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale is President of Ministry Training Source, based in Baton Rouge, La. Her professional career in Catholic youth ministry and lay ecclesial ministry has spanned three decades, serving in parish, school, diocesan and university ministry settings. Dr. McCorquodale serves as an international educator, researcher and consultant in the fields of lay ecclesial ministry, certification standards and processes, youth ministry and e-learning.

1-20  Mentors and Models for the Spiritual Journey

Two of the greatest needs of any culture are good teachers (mentors) and good witnesses (models). This session will look at several individuals who point the way and who deserve our emulation.

Bishop Robert F. Morneau

Bishop Robert Morneau is an Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. In addition to his duties as a diocesan bishop, he is Pastor of Resurrection Parish in Green Bay. Bishop Morneau has taught at the college level for over 12 years, is an Editorial Advisor and contributor to Give Us This Day, and has authored more than 12 books, including a book on poetry (one of his passions). He has held many committee positions in the National Council of Catholic Bishops, including the Chairman for Priestly Life and Ministry, Chairman of the Laity, and as a committee member of Catholic Relief Services. .

1-21  Spirituality and the Universal Call to Holiness 

Drawing upon our rich, spiritual tradition of prayer, worship and contemplation, this workshop will inspire participants and enable them to deepen their relationship with God, while nourishing their life of discipleship which flows from their baptismal commitment. (This workshop is repeated as Session 7-20.)

Timothy Radcliffe, OP

Timothy Radcliffe joined the Dominicans in 1965, taught Scripture at Blackfriars Hall at the University of Oxford, England, before being elected Provincial of the English Province of the Dominicans in 1988, and Master of the Order of Preachers in 1992 until 2001. Presently, he is an itinerant lecturer who has preached and lectured in over a hundred countries. Fr. Radcliffe received the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing in 2007 and is a Sarum Canon of Salisbury Cathedral in Britain. His books include “Sing a New Song” and “Seven Last Words,” among others, and he is an Editorial Advisor and contributor to Give Us This Day.

1-22  Spirituality as Non-negotiable for Every­one: The Soul Will Have Its Say! 

Few things are as misunderstood as spirituality. We tend to think of it as either exotic or as something for the elite. Certainly we think of it as negotiable, as something we can enter into or not. But spirituality is what we do with the deep desires, the holy longings, within our soul. Our souls will have their say! Everyone has spirituality. This session will attempt to ground spirituality in what lies deepest in us, namely, our desire, our eros, our holy longing.

Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and mem­ber of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. He is a community builder, lecturer and writer. Fr. Rolheiser’s books are popular throughout the English-speaking world, and his weekly column is carried by more than 60 newspapers worldwide. For over 30 years of his priesthood, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

1-23  Music Does Not Cause Teen Problems; It is Telling Us What They Are Going Through. Are You Listening? It’s Easier Than You Think 

You do not need to be an expert in their music to use it; you just need to be open. To reach people in any culture we need to use the images and issues of that culture. Popular music is a great way to raise issues and reach young people where they are. We’ll also explore stress areas that can occur in youth ministry and ways to solve these crucial areas. This is a very helpful workshop, loaded with ideas that really work!

Anna Scally

Anna Scally is President of Cornerstone Media, where she is a columnist for their Top Music Countdown and host of their audio show, “Burning Issues.” She has received the National Youth Ministry Performer, Artist and Author of the Year awards from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry. Scally has made over 2,300 public presentations at youth rallies, training events, retreats and adult education days, as well as major conferences for religious educators in North America.

1-24  Challenging Teens to Old Testament Thinking 

In this workshop, we will discuss a variety of issues raised by serious Old Testament analysis that are of particular significance and importance to today’s teens. Why should the Old Testament be an important part of a Catholic high school education? We will discuss a variety of provocative themes intended to engage and challenge both students and teachers!

Prof. Daniel Smith-Christopher

Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher has taught for 21 years at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he is Professor of Old Testament Studies and Director of Peace Studies. He has been honored with numerous awards for research and teaching. Dr. Christopher has published dozens of scholarly articles and over 14 books. He has spoken at the RECongress for the past 16 years, in addition to Catholic conferences in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

1-25  Enter the Mystery – How to Make Decisions the Catholic Way 

In Robert Frost’s beautiful poem, “The Road Not Taken,” he speaks of “two roads diverge in a yellow wood” and sorrow that he could not “travel both.” What happens when life presents us with choices, the consequence of which we can’t truly calculate? We know there will be blessings in both ways, but what of the risks? Do we enter in, or seek another route? In this session we will look to the wisdom of our tradition to help us to understand how to make decisions. We will then apply these principles to our lives to see if we can make sense of the choices that come our way. This session is for anyone who occasionally pleads with God for direction and finds it difficult to hear the answer!

David Wells

David Wells began his career as a senior high school teacher before becoming an adult education adviser in the Diocese of Nottingham, England, and an adviser to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Presently, he is Director of Religious Education in the Plymouth Diocese. Wells has spoken at more than 300 conferences worldwide and guest lectures in three English universities. He has written numerous articles both in the U.K. and in the United States, and wrote and presented the series “You, Your Children and Their Catholic Faith.”

1-26  Child Development and Catechesis: Speaking the Learner’s Language 

How can we make sure we are really reaching our learners? What steps can we take to ensure we are presenting the faith in the most engaging and understandable way possible? This workshop, presented by a clinical child psychologist and catechetical author, will focus on stages of cognitive, social, identity and moral development and their impact on developmentally appropriate catechesis. Specific recommendations will be offered for meeting the needs of learners at every age and stage.

Dr. Joseph D. White

Dr. Joseph White is a clinical child psychologist and National Catechetical Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor Publishing and Curriculum. He previously served as Director of Family Counseling and Family Life for the Diocese of Austin. Dr. White has taught courses in catechetics and pastoral guidance at the University of Dallas and at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He is a frequent keynote speaker and popular workshop presenter at national and diocesan conferences. He has appeared on several national Catholic radio shows and maintains a blog on catechesis.

1-27  The Pilgrim’s Way: Setting Direction for a Future Life

In this session, David Whyte will look at the great questions of human life through the eyes of the pilgrim: someone passing through relatively quickly, someone looking for the biggest context they can find or imagine, someone dependent upon hospitality from friends and strangers alike, someone who needs to ask for visible and invisible help as the destination changes, step by step, subject to the vagaries of wind and weather along the way. The theme of internal resilience – the necessity for following a certain star not seen or perceived by anyone else – and the way an internal migration can keep our outward journey in the world relevant and true will be explored.

David Whyte

Poet and lecturer, David Whyte, a native of Yorkshire, England, is author of six volumes of poetry and three books of prose, and most recently, a book entitled, “Pilgrim.” He is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with American and international companies offering lectures and workshops. Whyte has traveled extensively, speaking to large and small audiences for more than two decades. He now lives with his family in the Pacific Northwestern United States.

1-28  Everyone’s Called to God’s Table, Even the Ones Who Can’t Sit Still in Their Seats 

An understanding of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and the children diagnosed with this condition will help teachers and catechists evangelize them and their families more effectively. Dr. Wojtaszek-Healy will share insights to manage behaviors and enjoy the gifts these children have.

Madonna Wojtaszek-Healy

Dr. Madonna Wojtaszek-Healy is a seasoned catechist and Catholic schoolteacher, who teaches at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School in Plainfield, Ill. Her own children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Asperger’s syndrome, so she has insight into behavior management and faith formation … and a wry sense of humor. She has spoken at national principals and special needs conferences, as well as diocesan gatherings. Her book is titled the “The ABC’s of ADD for Catechists.”



Thiên chúa là MÀU NHIỆM. Thiên Chúa bao gồm chúng ta vào trong màu nhiệm của Ngài qua kế họach tạo dựng và cứu chuộc tự đời đời trong Đức Kitô: “Màu nhiệm thánh ý Thiên Chúa” (Ep 1,9). Cầu nguyện là chìa khóa vạn năng để vào trong màu nhiệm, cả màu nhiệm Thiên Chúa lẫn màu nhiệm thánh ý Thiên Chúa. Sách Tin Mừng theo Thánh Luca cống hiến cho chúng ta gương mãu và giáo huấn về cầu nguyện của Chúa Giêsu để chỉ dẫn cho chúng ta biết sử dụng chìa khóa vạn năng này.

         Prayer: The Master Key to Enter the Mystery     (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

God is THE MYSTERY. He extends his mystery to us by his eternal project of creation and salvation in Christ: “The mystery of his will” (Ep. 1:9). Prayer is the master key to Enter the Mystery, both of God and of his will. The Gospel of Luke offers the example and the teaching of Jesus to show us how to use this master key.

Cha Giuse Nguyễn Công Đoan, SJ
Joseph Doan Công Nguyen, SJ

Cha Giuse Nguyễn Công Đoan, SJ, vào tháng 4 năm 1975 được Cha Bề Trên Cả Dòng Tên phái về Việt Nam làm bề trên. Ngài cố vấn cho Đức Cha Bình, và đi tù hơn một thập niên, rồi về La-Mã làm phụ tá cho Cha Bề Trên Cả đặc trách Viễn Đông. Hiện ngài là bề trên trường Thánh Kinh Giáo Hoàng tại Jerusalem.

Jesuit priest Fr. Joseph Nguyễn Công Đoan was sent in 1975 from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome to the Jesuit region in Vietnam as its first Vietnamese superior. After a dozen years in jail, he returned to Rome to become Regional Assistant to the Father-General for East Asia and Oceania, and is now Director of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem.

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