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4-01  Preschool Faith Formation: Learning from the Master

Dr. Shauna M. Adams

What do you do with children who are too young to read and write? How do you keep them busy? What do you do when the children won’t come into the room or refuse to leave? How do you keep a group of 3- or 4-year-olds engaged, busy and learning. Participants will learn from a master teacher and catechist who has taught faith formation using developmentally appropriate and play-based practice. Participants will see examples of supported play, interactive group time, and techniques that slow the pace of lessons so that children are active learners.

4-02  Singing the Mystery

Yoked to music, the words of Scripture and the action of the liturgical rites are able to carry the vibrant voice of the Spirit’s presence into our midst in a way that expresses our own yearning for God’s transforming work in our lives and in the life of the world. This session will explore how music can be creatively wedded to the rites in a way that deepens the understanding and engagement of all.

Tony Alonso

Tony Alonso’s contemporary liturgical music appears in compilations and hymnals throughout the world. He is a presenter at liturgy, music and theology conferences around the globe. Alonso’s latest publications include “I Shall Rise: Music for the Paschal Triduum” and “The Lyric Psalter: Revised Grail Lectionary Psalms” with Marty Haugen. The former Director of Music at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles is currently a doctoral candidate focusing on liturgical and ritual studies in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University in Atlanta.

Marty Haugen

For over 30 years, composer Marty Haugen has presented workshops, concerts and presentations across North and Central America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. With over 35 recordings and 400 published editions, his range of musical compositions continues to appear in hymnals for United States, Canadian and Australian Catholics, Evangelical Lutherans and other Protestant denominations. Haugen’s latest music offerings include “In the Days to Come: Songs of Peacemaking” and “Only You, O God: Simple Songs for Worship.”

4-03  Come Sing My Song! Celebrating Our Faith with Children

Andrew Chinn

St. Augustine said, “Those who sing well pray twice.” In this spirit, come and join experienced elementary educator Australian Andrew Chinn in a workshop that explores the use of music to enhance the daily prayer lives of children, as well as liturgical celebrations and special events throughout the liturgical and school year. Come be enthused and skilled for your work in the prayer, celebration and liturgical life of yourself and God’s children. Bring your voices (all kinds welcome!) and your inner child as we celebrate the mystery of our faith.

4-04  Ahhh, to be a Kid Again: Music & Movement for the Very Young and the Young at Heart!    (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

It’s no mystery why children love to sing and dance! Put yourself in a child-like mindset and explore different ways to connect with your inner child. Come ready to dance and sing to songs that reflect our faith. This is a great workshop for teachers who work with young students (K-6).

Donna Anderle

Donna Anderle is an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer. She is on the teaching faculty of the Cincinnati Ballet and Midwest Theatre Ballet and is involved in Cincy Dance, an outreach program for Cincinnati inner-city schools. Anderle is a nationally known liturgical dancer who continues to give workshops, keynote presentations and dance in concert and has chor­e­ographed for major conferences, including the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Her work is compiled in four choreography books and a video.

4-05  Faith, Worship and 800-pound Gorillas! Honest Ministry in the 21st Century 

After 50 years in ministry – having lived through Vatican II, the American civil rights movement, and some real changes in my own understanding of the word “church” – I have just about seen it all. From the large cathedrals in Europe to small wooden churches in Tanzania where I’ve spoken or performed, everyone is looking for the same thing: love, purpose and hope. Thus, the opportunity to be a witness to the Gospel message is as great as ever. But the world is changing, and we will never be truly effective without addressing some of the 800-pound questions people are beginning to ask about God, faith and the church today, especially among young people.

Grayson Warren Brown

Internationally known Grayson Warren Brown is an author, speaker, liturgical composer and recording artist. His latest collection is titled, “Now That the Morning Has Broken the Darkness.” Brown began his liturgical ministry in the late-’60s in a small inner-city parish in New York City and has many years of experience working in a multicultural setting. He now divides his time between writing, composing and travelling the country giving workshops, speaking at conventions and conducting parish missions.

4-06  Special Questions in Sexual Morality

Gerald D. Coleman, SS

This workshop will deal with critical questions/concerns in sexual morality, with special attention to how best to understand and teach these matters, e.g., gender assessment, aberrant sexuality, pedophilia, sexual addiction and homosexuality.

4-07  Especially for Young Adults: Leadership Skills for Ministry and Beyond    (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Young adults bring a great deal of talent, creativity and energy to our parishes and organizations, both as paid staff members and volunteers. Yet, far too often, they are not given the opportunities, training, tools, mentoring and freedom to develop and share their wealth of gifts. Join us to explore leadership skills that can make a huge difference.

Dr. Katherine F. DeVries

Dr. Kate DeVries is currently Co-Director of the Young Adult Ministry Office for the Chicago Archdiocese. She formerly served as a special education teacher for high school and junior high students with severe behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. Dr. DeVries has co-authored “The Basic Guide to Young Adult Ministry,” and co-hosts a monthly radio program called “The Light Show” on Chicago’s Relevant Radio 950-AM.

4-08  Stewardship and Servant Leadership 

This interactive workshop will describe two parish leadership programs: the Stewardship Institute and the Servant Leadership Institute. The 16-week programs train parish leaders using face-to-face sessions, one-on-one coaching and online teaching methods. After a brief introductory presentation, this workshop will demonstrate what these two leadership programs are actually like by holding a session, including prayer, scriptural reflection and interactive dialogue. This session concludes with discussion about ways that any parish or diocese can use these two models for leadership development.

Dr. Dan R. Ebener

Dr. Dan Ebener has worked in ministry for 30 years and is currently a Professor and Organizational Leader at the College of Business at St. Ambrose University in Iowa. Since starting in church work in 1976, he presents at 20-25 conferences or retreats each year. His recent works include “Servant Leadership Models for Your Parish,” “Blessings for Leaders: Leadership Wisdom from the Beatitudes,” and numerous articles appearing in Sojourners, The Priest, Today’s Parish, and other publications.

4-09  Vatican II: An Unfinished Building Site

Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz

The Second Vatican Council created a sturdy foundation for a new vision of the Church that responded to contemporary issues while remaining faithful to our ancient tradition. However, the Council’s “building project” was left unfinished. This workshop will explore why that building was left unfinished and then consider the work still to be done if we are to bring the Council’s project to completion.

4-10  Excellence in Adolescent Catechesis and the Credo Series

Thomas Groome

The challenges of adolescent catechesis have never been more demanding than in our time. Yet, by God’s grace, there surely are life-giving and effective ways to hand on our faith to this rising generation. This workshop proposes a “life to faith to life” approach and highlights the resources of the new Credo curriculum toward excellence in adolescent catechesis.

4-11  We Are Not Alone: A Musical and Prayerful Journey Celebrating the Presence of Christ

Coming to faith and nurturing the action of Christ in our lives is a movement, a journey steeped in prayer and cele­bration. This presence is alive and active in the sharing of the communal stories and meal that we hold close to our hearts. In this session, we will discover, sing and celebrate through psalms, hymns and songs, Entering the Mystery that is central to our Christian story; and in doing so, we can deepen the most sacred truth that we are not alone in the walk toward holiness and communion with God.

David Haas

David Haas is Director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry, and Campus Minister at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn. In addition, he is founder and Executive Director for “Music Ministry Alive.” A composer of over 45 original collections of liturgical music, Haas is one of the pre-eminent liturgical composers in the English-speaking world and was nominated in 1991 for a Grammy Award. He travels internationally presenting concerts and workshops, and is author of over 25 books in the areas of liturgy, music and spirituality.

4-12  Do Tell: Secrets to Teaching Scripture with Middle- and High-Schoolers     (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Mark Hart

How do we get our teens (and pre-teens) more excited about the Bible? What’s the secret? Well, there isn’t one … there are many! This workshop will offer practical examples of how to approach the two age groups differently. Come laugh and learn as Mark Hart (the Bible Geek) shares secrets he’s learned (and failures he’ll admit) from 20 years of leading both middle school and high school Bible studies. In this session, he will share ideas, resources and catechetical approaches that have proven most effective when breaking through to the modern, screen-based adolescent.

4-13  Forming Conscience in a Polarizing Time 

Most Catholics have grown up with an understanding that they have a responsibility to form and to follow their conscience. But how does one do that in an age when some voices within the Church are polarized? How does one do that when the larger society often assumes that positions to be held by Catholics are no longer realistic? Who can speak with authority in the Catholic conscience? How sacred is freedom of conscience in the Catholic Church? The challenge of forming conscience in today’s world is more daunting than ever. These and related questions will be explored and examples given.

Fr. James L. Heft, SM

Fr. James Heft, a priest in the Society of Mary, is currently the Alton Brooks Professor of Religion and President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Previously, the Marianist priest spent many years at the University of Dayton in Ohio, as Chair of the Theology Department, as well as Provost and Chancellor. Fr. Heft has written or edited 12 books and published over 175 articles. In 2011, he was awarded the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for his long and distinguished service to Catholic higher education.

4-14  Starting, Sustaining and Succeeding with Social Media in the Parish Setting 

How can parishes and religious educators employ social media in the parish setting? Learn strategies for starting to use social media tools – Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest – as well as other emerging strategies within the contexts and constraints of the parish. Discover social media tools for that are timely, impactful and cost effective.

Lisa Hendey

Lisa Hendey is founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and author of the bestsellers “The Handbook for Catholic Moms” and “A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms.” She is a technology contributor for EWTN’s “SonRise Morning Show” and a regular guest on Relevant Radio’s “On Call” afternoon show. Hendey is a columnist for Faith & Family, the Catholic News Agency, and Catholic Exchange, and her articles have appeared in the National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor. She gives frequent workshops at diocesan congresses on faith, family and new media.

4-15  Was That You, Lord? Hearing the Voice of God as Only You Can

Fr. Joe Kempf

Did you ever wish you could pray like someone else did? What if God does not want that from you? While there are many tried and true prayer practices to help people Enter the Mystery, what if how you personally hear the voice of God is in some ways unique to you? It is crucial that we learn to recognize God’s voice. It is vital that we help children do the same. Join Fr. Joe Kempf for insight, suggestions, demonstrations for children, and several moving experiences to help us hear God’s voice.

4-16  How to Be Me When the World Wants Me to Be Somebody Else

Rev. Terry Hershey

The holy trinity of our culture is bigger, faster and newer. All implying that we should be living a different life and not the one we are living now. In the end, we live overwhelmed and divided. And a divided life is a wounded life, and the soul keeps calling us to heal the wound. If we ignore that call, we try to numb our pain with an anesthetic of choice, be it overwork, consumerism or media noise. Intelligence happens when you quit trying to be smart. A sense of self appears when you no longer have a need to be somebody. Transcendence arrives when you embrace the life that is given. Holiness happens when you give up frenetic striving.

4-17  “For I Was a Stranger, and You Welcomed Me!” 

This session will focus on the biblical underpinnings of the Church’s involvement in our care and concern for immigrants and immigration issues. It will give an overview of the Four Waves of Immigration in our country’s history. It will examine the underlying principles for the Church’s involvement in immigration and the elements we see as essential. It will look forward to the year 2030 when our country will be desperate for a workforce.

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony

Cardinal Roger Mahony led the Los Angeles Archdiocese from 1985 until his retirement in 2011. He oversaw the design and building of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012. Since his retirement, Cardinal Mahony has devoted himself exclusively to the cause of comprehensive immigration reform on behalf of our immigrant brothers and sisters. Recently, he celebrated his golden jubilee (50 years) as a member of the priesthood.

4-18  It’s More Than a Course, of Course: Ten Values of Renewed Parishes 

Fr. James Mallon

We need not only a theology but a model of renewed parishes if they are to be key in bringing about the New Evangelization in our Church. What are some of the values that underlie parishes that are effectively making disciples and evangelizing? What might this look like in a contemporary Catholic parish? What can we as leaders do to help facilitate such a culture shift is our parishes? How would this impact the way in which our ministry is carried out?

4-19  Does God Really Help?     (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Fr. Jonathan Morris

Many people call themselves true “believers” – regularly praying and attending Mass. But then tragedy strikes and their faith is rattled. Peeling back the layers of questions that arise when someone asks “Why me?” or “Why does God allow suffering?” Fr. Jonathan Morris explains that God does, in fact, have a plan – and it’s during times of hardship and crisis that we have the greatest clarity about God’s presence in our lives.

4-20  Sexuality: Celebrate the Gift and Become Makers of Love

Terry Nelson-Johnson, DMin

This has been a rough and tragic and lamentable era with respect to Catholics and sexuality – what with all the scandals, cover-ups, lawsuits, shame, pain and victims. In the hope and service of redeeming our relationship with sexuality, both personally and corporately, perhaps we need to return to the basics: Sexuality is a mystery; sexuality is a gift; sexuality is a sacrament for God’s sake! When we participate in the mystery of sexuality, in all of its manifestations, in a manner that reflects the Author of the Gift, we become makers of life and love! This is about as Catholic as it gets ... and it is Good News!

4-21  Diary of an Unapologetic Roman Catholic Priest

Rev. R. Tony Ricard, MTh, MDiv

More often than not, the vocational call of a Roman Catholic priest puts him in the position of having to defend his faith and the teachings of Holy Mother Church. From our vow of celibacy to our unwavering stance on the protection of life, many things that make us Catholic also sets us up in a position that can be opposite to that of the modern world. We must not waver on what we believe if what we believe is the truth! This interactive workshop will address some of the most controversial teachings of our faith. Congress participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions and share in a dialogue with an unapologetic Roman Catholic priest!

4-22  Babies Should be Begotten, Not Made: Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization

This workshop will be divided into two parts: Science and Ethics. In the first part, Fr. Tad Pacholczyk will examine the techniques involved in in vitro fertilization (IVF) and related forms of assisted reproductive technologies, multiple conceptions and the use of hyper/super-ovulatory drugs. Part two will examine the moral questions regarding human procreation and the gift of human life, IVF and ramifications for marriage through violations of exclusivity and surrogacy, the moral and ethical difficulties in the treatment of extra-corporeal human embryos and the consideration of the financial/economic factors that skew the ethical discussion.

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD

Fr. Tad Pacholczyk, a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Mass., is Director of Education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. With his advanced work in dogmatic theology and bioethics, he has testified on stem cell research and cloning before members of state legislatures. Fr. Tad has given presentations on contemporary bioethics throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, as well as appearing on CNN International, ABC World News Tonight, and National Public Radio.

4-23  Empowering Vibrant Faith @ Home 

Imagine families of all ages and stages in your parish with the ability to: Talk with each other about their faith; Pray together in ways that are comfortable and comforting; Ritualize their important moments; and Reach Out in service and support of others. This workshop will offer proven strategies and tools to empower families and households to explore faith at home. Utilizing the popular web resources of Vibrant Faith @ Home, this session will demonstrate how many parishes and congregations are forging creative partnerships between the church and the home and creating working networks that effectively extend their faith formation ministries into the home for families of all ages and stages.

John Roberto

John Roberto, President of LifelongFaith Associates, is editor of the Lifelong Faith Journal and coordinator of the Faith Formation 2020 Initiative and the Faith Formation Learning Exchange (with Vibrant Faith Ministries). He works as a consultant to churches and national organizations, and gives presentations and workshops in lifelong faith formation across the United States. Roberto’s latest publication is entitled “Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith.”

Leif Kehrwald

Leif Kehrwald has worked in family ministry and faith formation on the local, regional and national levels for more than 30 years. Currently he serves as Vibrant Faith @ Home Team Leader, based in Portland, Ore. He formerly served as Project Coordinator for Family and Intergenerational Services at the Center for Ministry Development. Kehrwald has taught courses at the university level and travels frequently throughout the country offering presentations and workshops on family faith development.

4-24  The Heart of the Matter: The Inner Logic of the Gospel of John

Donald Senior, CP

In some ways, the Gospel of John can seem abstract and difficult to understand. Yet, a deeper probe into the dynamic theology of John reveals its profound simplicity and powerful message. As one commentator has described it: “John’s Gospel is one in which a child can wade and an elephant can drown!” This presentation will search out the deep logic of this Gospel whose portrayal of Jesus as the Word made Flesh expresses the essential message of Christianity.

4-25  Jesus and the Mystery of the Kingdom of God 

Jesus reveals to the disciples that the mystery of the King­dom of God has been made known to them (Mark 4:11). But that, for those outside this inner circle, everything comes in parables. Ironically, the disciples themselves struggled to understand these parables and the meaning of the Kingdom of God. In this workshop, we will explore: What shape did the Kingdom of God take in the ministry of Jesus? Can we imagine Jesus as the parable of God? What does it mean for us as disciples to understand and work for the coming of God’s Kingdom? How do we explain and live out this mystery in our concrete lives in this time and place? These are some of the mysteries we will seek to fathom through the exploration of Scripture.

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.”

4-26  New Evidence from Physics for an Intelligent Creator – Responding to the New Atheism 

The new popular atheism movement may lead one to suspect that faith and science are opposed to one another. Fr. Robert Spitzer will address (in laymen’s terms) the three most significant kinds of evidence for intelligent creation from physics: space-time geometry proofs; new evidence from entropy; and fine-tuning of cosmological constants. He will then describe resources that can be used in high schools, confirmation programs, colleges and parish adult-ed programs that explain these points, as well as “the Bible and science,” evolution, the survival of self-consciousness after bodily death, and aliens.

Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, SJ, PhD

Jesuit priest Fr. Robert Spitzer is currently President of the Magis Institute and of the Spitzer Center in Irvine, Calif. He was president of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009, and has published five books and many scholarly articles for which he has won awards. Fr. Spitzer gives over 90 public lectures per year at universities in Canada, Europe, Hong Kong and the United States to Boards of Directors of major corporations, to priests’ conferences and other Catholic academic societies and meetings.

4-27  The Year of Faith and New Evangelization 

How do we profess, celebrate, live and transmit the faith in cultures and societies that may not be receptive to it? This is the basic question to be addressed in this session, with much sharing from the Asian Pacific perspective.

Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle, DD, STD

Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle is Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila, Philippines. He is a member of the Council of the Synod of Bishops, and also Chair of Federation of Asian Bishops Conference’ Office of Theological Concerns. Archbishop Tagle is a former member of the International Theological Commission in Rome. He appeared at the 2012 Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland and is a frequent speaker at the L.A. Congress.

4-28  Being Present to Each Other 

Most of the time, we live conditioned by past experiences or worried about the future. How can we free ourselves of the emotional residue from the past and the anticipatory anxiety about the future in order to be fully present to each other? In this session, you will learn spiritual and psychological approaches to allow you to live mindfully in the present and fulfill God’s design for your life.

Dr. John Yzaguirre

Dr. John Yzaguirre is a psychologist and author specializing in family life and Catholic spirituality. He co-directs the California Prosocial Institute with his wife, Claire Frazier Yzaguirre, MFT, MDiv, with whom he has co-authored “Thriving Marriages.” He has been a keynote speaker at conventions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia. In addition to his active private practice in Irvine, Calif., he offers his family life formation programs in many dioceses throughout the United States.

4-70  Năm Phụng Vụ: Sống Mấu Nhiệm Vượt Qua

Linh muc Bartôlômêô Phạm Đức Thịnh

Bài hội thảo sẽ phân tích tầm quan trọng của Năm Phụng Vụ như là khuôn mẩu của Giáo Lý Phụng Vụ và thảo luận làm thế nào các mùa phụng vụ sẽ giúp các tín hữu hiểu, nhớ, cử hành và sống trọn vẹn Mầu Nhiệm Vượt Qua.

         The Liturgical Year: Living Out the Paschal Mystery

Rev. Thinh Duc Pham

This workshop will analyze the importance of the liturgical year as the framework of liturgical catechesis and discuss how the liturgical seasons will enable the faithful to understand, remember, celebrate and live out fully the Paschal Mystery.


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