2013 RECongress Period 5

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5-01  All Things Catholic: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Global Church 

John L. Allen Jr.

Veteran Vatican writer John Allen takes a 360-degree look at the highlights and lowlights of Catholic news in the past 12 months, drawing out a few big-picture conclusions about what it all means, and then outlines some important stories to watch in the year to come. This session is for Catholics who want a keen sense of what’s happening in their Church, not just in the United States, but in Rome and around the world.

5-02  Cultivating a Eucharistic Spirituality

Is Mass just another item on your busy calendar? Or is it a life-changing encounter with the Real Presence of Christ? This session explores the ways in which we can enter into this mystery of our faith as we experience Eucharist as a pathway to transformation, an invitation to spiritual healing, and a renewed call to discipleship.

Dr. Mary Amore

Dr. Mary Amore is Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries, based in Lombard, Ill. She is author of numerous articles and the book “Primary Symbols of Worship and the Call to Participation,” and a regular contributor to Ministry & Liturgy Magazine. In her professional ministry, Dr. Amore is a highly sought-after presenter of missions, retreats and workshops and was keynote speaker at the “Feed My Lambs” Conference for the Diocese of Manchester, Ill. She is a Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and a distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy.

5-03  Dancing into the Light

Betsey Beckman, MM & Laura Ash

Jesus calls us to be transfigured with him – to step into the light and be filled with God’s radiance. Are you ready?! Sacred dance and embodied prayer are some of the most down-to-earth ways we can be imbued with the light of heaven. Come explore how liturgical movement, procession, drama, sign language and gesture can enhance our communal prayer and be a way to offer ourselves whole-heartedly to God’s mystery among us.

5-04  Building Biblical Literacy in Parishes 

A 2010 Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life study showed that Catholics trail behind other religious groups in biblical literacy, including Mormons, Jews, Protestants, and atheists/agnostics. How can religious educators equip laity to not only become more knowledgeable about the Bible, but to see the practice of reading Scripture as central to their formation? In this co-led workshop, attendees will be challenged to connect biblical literacy with the New Evangelization. Mickey Maudlin will serve as moderator for the workshop.

Tom East

Tom East is Director of the Center for Ministry Development, based in Gig Harbor, Wash., and author of numerous books. Previously, he served the Los Angeles Archdiocese as Director of Youth Ministry and Associate Director of Religious Education.

Dr. Thomas Groome

Dr. Tom Groome is Professor of Theology and Religious Education, and Chair of the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry Department at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.

Michael G. Maudlin

Mickey Maudlin is Senior Vice President, Executive Editor, and Director of Bible Publishing for HarperOne, the religion and spirituality division of HarperCollins. Before coming to Harper in 2002, he worked for 14 years at Christianity Today magazine.

Fr. Jonathan Morris

Fr. Jonathan Morris is Program Director for Sirius­XM’s “Catholic Channel,” the Communications Advisor to New York’s archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and also serves as Parochial Vicar at the historic St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City.

Mary Elizabeth Sperry

Since 1993, Mary Sperry has worked for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., promoted to Associate Director for Utilization of The New American Bible in 2011. (The NAB Revised Edition was released on March 9, 2011).

5-05  Saving Lives Is for the Coast Guard 

With a ministry to gang members as the backdrop, this workshop will explore burn-out, reasonable expectations, the saving grace of mutuality, and kinship in ministry.

Fr. Gregory J. Boyle, SJ

Jesuit priest Fr. Greg Boyle has been an advocate for at-risk and gang-involved youth in Los Angeles for over 25 years. He is founder and Director of Jobs For A Future/Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention and employment referral program for gang-involved youth in the United States. As an expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Fr. Boyle is a nationally renowned speaker and consultant and serves as a member of local and national gang advisory boards. His latest book is entitled “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.”

5-06  Engaging Children in Catechesis Through Song

John Burland

As religious educators, we recognize the power of song to enrich our children’s journey in faith. Song deepens understanding, adds enjoyment to learning, nurtures prayer and fosters celebration. Using song and gesture, John Burland will demonstrate how music can be easily incorporated into religious education as a highly effective teaching and learning strategy. A variety of cate­chetical themes will be addressed during this session, including Scripture and the sacraments. Come ready to participate in songs and activities that will energize and engage your students as they journey in faith.

5-07  Creating a Parish Catechism 

From etchings on catacomb walls to the majesty of stained glass windows worldwide, the earliest “catechisms” that taught and preserved the faith were visual. From primitive images of Mary to stone and wood carvings or glass depictions of saints and Bible stories, the encounters with God and human beings are enshrined forever in our churches. But what if people do not know the meaning or significance of what they see in their parish church? This workshop will be a lot of fun. It will offer you an easy, visual way to create a “catechism” found in all the religious images, art and liturgical tools that are visible in your very own church building.

Rev. John C. Cusick

Ordained for the Chicago Archdiocese, Fr. John Cusick began the archdiocesan ministry to those in their 20s and 30s in 1977. He has maintained that ministry for the archdiocese and is presently Director of Young Adult Ministry. Fr. Cusick has been a part of the Theology-on-Tap program for the past 29 years. In 2013, he received the Blessed John XXIII Award from the Association of Chicago Priests. Fr. Cusick speaks nationally and internationally at diocesan conferences, parish missions and priest convocations. He resides at Old St. Patrick’s Church in downtown Chicago.

5-08  Die to Self without Losing Yourself in the Process

Amy Florian

As Christians, we are constantly urged to “die to ourselves.” What does that mean? To what things do we need to die in order to follow Christ? Come with an open heart to hear some challenging reflections and practical steps. Gain understanding that allows you to progress further down this very important path of discipleship and to lead those you serve to do the same.

5-09  Discipleship Bootcamp: Spiritual Exercises to Enter the Mystery

Fr. Richard Fragomeni

In this Year of Faith, being a disciple means being a student of the mysteries. This session will explore five spiritual exercises that will prepare the disciple to go beyond the concerns of this age into the ageless heart of Christ.

5-10  Friend of God: Entering into the Mystery of Relationship with God 

Moses was a remarkable man: A person who should not have survived childhood, brought up in a palace, yet harboring a deep passion for his oppressed people; the God he met in the desert transformed him from a man who feared a relationship with mystery to one who knew God face to face. This workshop explores the spiritual formation of this Old Testament character and the lessons we might learn from it today.

Renata Furst, PhD

Dr. Renata Furst is a Latina scholar with extensive experience in adult faith education for Hispanic and non-Hispanic people. In addition to teaching at the parish level, Dr. Furst has taught in both English and Spanish at the graduate level at several universities in Texas, New Jersey, and Quebec, Canada. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Scripture and Spirituality at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.

5-11  Can You Hear Me Now?

Join artists Liam Lawton, Tony Alonso, Chris de Silva, ValLimar Jansen, Gary Daigle, and others in this striking and evocative theatrical performance. “Can You Hear Me Now?” by Francis Patrick O’Brien invites us all to leave the clamor, chaos and influences of our world behind. This exploration of God’s call to humanity and our response is illustrated through events in the lives of biblical characters and contemporary believers. “Can You Hear Me Now?” asks us to stop and listen through the din of life’s encounters and to answer God’s perpetual call to discipleship with our resounding, “Yes, I can hear you now!”

The artists appearing in this workshop – including Liam Lawton, Tony Alonso, Chris de Silva, Val­Limar Jansen, Gary Daigle and others – are sponsored by GIA Publications, Inc., publisher of music resources for the church. The work of GIA’s composers, authors and artists reflect the diversity of today’s eclectic church. “Can You Hear Me Now?” debuted at the 2010 National Association of Pastoral Musicians’ National Convention.

5-12  Migration and the Eucharist 

This workshop will look at this issue of migration from a theological and spiritual perspective, especially in light of the Eucharist. To understand the global issue and faith as a universal issue, we will look at migration from a contemporary perspective, a biblical perspective, a liturgical perspective, and a social justice perspective. We will explore how a better understanding of migration gives us a new way of understanding the Scriptures, and a deeper understanding of the Scriptures gives us a new way of understanding the God who migrated to us in Jesus and calls us to a return journey to him in discipleship.

Fr. Daniel G. Groody, CSC, PhD

Fr. Daniel Groody is a Catholic priest, a Holy Cross religious, a scholar, teacher and an award-winning author and film producer. He is currently an Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Fr. Groody has authored numerous books and articles, and has been consulted by the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, and the Vatican.

5-13  The Struggle to Serve: Ministering with Hope in Today’s Church 

Let’s be honest: It’s not easy ministering in today’s Church. At times, we can feel caught between an inflexible hierarchy on the one hand, and an indifferent culture on the other. In the midst of this, our parish communities are experiencing profound changes – leaving us wondering if we will be equipped to serve the Church that is coming. This session will name the most important forces shaping our parish communities today and then look ahead to the ways we as pastoral leaders can respond with faith, integrity and hope.

Edward P. Hahnenberg, PhD

Dr. Edward Hahnenberg is the Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University in Cleveland. He is author of three books – “Ministries: A Relational Approach,” “A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II,” and “Awakening Vocation.” 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.

5-14  Science, Religion and Faith: The Challenge of Modern Atheism 

It has been asserted that religion and faith are the enemies of science and rational thinking. The Four Horsemen of Atheism (Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennett and Harris) have challenged religion and faith and accused them of being not only anti-scientific, but anti-human. This presentation will look at the assertions made by the Four Horsemen of Atheism, examine recent scientific discoveries and research and their impact on our understanding of creation, and provide a positive defense of our faith while demonstrating how science and religion can exist in positive relationship to each other. (This general interest session is especially for those teaching young adults.)

Darrell Hall

Darrell Hall is teacher of religious education at the senior high level at St. Thomas More Collegiate in Bumaby, British Columbia, Canada, where he formerly served as principal for 10 years. With a background of 33 years in religious education, he has spoken at the Catholic Educators’ Conference in the Diocese of Vancouver, Canada; at the Reverence for Life conferences; and at various senior high schools and retreats. Hall’s book on Christian apologetics is titled “I Am Convinced: God, the Truth and You.”

5-15  Mission-based Catechesis: The Time is Now!

Jack Jezreel

Many, perhaps most, catechetical strategies presume a static Church and a flimsy sense of the Church’s mission in the world. Meanwhile, the North American Church continues to lose members, especially young adults, who seek meaning, purpose and answers to the world’s crises. What if catechesis was fully integrated with mission (as it is supposed to be!)? How might we think about religious education, RCIA, youth ministry and evangelization through the vital lens of being “Good News” to those who are poor, hungry, homeless, exploited or abandoned. Consider a new, compelling model of catechesis that seeks to form passionately compassionate disciples.

5-16  Movies to Pray By

Rev. Richard Leonard, SJ

Some people are wary of the cinema because of the worst movies that are on the screens. There are, however, films – and sometimes not overtly religious ones – that can move us to a deeper communication with God. This workshop will look at the media context within which our people explore their faith and offer movie suggestions for the classroom, retreats, reflection days, rites of initiation (RCIA), and formation nights.

5-17  Walk the Way: Enter the Mystery 

When Kieran of Clonmacnoise, Ireland, left his home to go to school, little did he know what would follow his first steps. Though he died at the age of 33, his work lived on for centuries. Rarely do we know how the mystery of God’s providence unfolds in our lives. Drawing inspiration from the lives of St. Kieran and life’s pilgrims before us, in this session, we will consider the unfolding of God’s providence on the pilgrim way of our own lives.

Fr. David Loftus

Fr. David Loftus, a priest of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, is graduate of both All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland, and Boston College. Fr. Loftus currently serves as Administrator of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Northridge, Calif. He formerly served in the Office of Religious Education in Los Angeles, and maintains membership in the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, in which he has served as Vice President. Fr. Loftus is author of several articles for Catechetical Leader magazine, and has speaking engagements nationally and internationally.

5-18  Learning to Pray 

“How do I pray?” is a common question. Many Catholics worry that they aren’t praying the “right” way. But the “right” way is whatever works best for you. This interactive session will introduce you to a wealth of Catholic traditions of prayer and teach you how to use them in your daily life: Ignatian contemplation, lectio divina, centering prayer, adoration, nature prayer, journaling, and a variety of accessible ways to help you experience God more deeply in prayer.

James Martin, SJ

Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin is Contributing Editor of America Magazine. He is the author of several award-winning books including, most recently, “Between Heaven and Mirth,” “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything” and “My Life with the Saints.” A popular speaker, Fr. Martin is a frequent speaker at national conferences, retreats and parish groups, and has given presentations at the Religious Education Congress each year for the past several years.

5-19  The Mystery of Faith: Jesus’ Prayer, Passion and Power 

“The Mystery of Faith” unfolds in Jesus’ Prayer (John 17:1-26), ultimate Passion, resurrected power and reign forever! This prayerful workshop will examine how the mystery of faith fashions our Catholic identity and ongoing relationship with the Lord. It takes simple doctrine taught from childhood and gives meaning that feeds the soul. A life-changing experience!

Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin

Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin is a workshop presenter, teacher, revivalist and charismatic healer, who has taught youth for over 20 years. She is founder and President of ORACLE Religious Association, based in Washington, D.C., and founder of their National Summer Institute for Youth. Sr. Martin previously served as a consultant for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, where she founded the African-American Catholic Catechetical Conference. She travels extensively giving revivals, retreats and keynote addresses, and also serves as liturgist for St. Teresa of Avila Church in Washington., D.C.

5-20  Are you Certifiable? Examining the National LEM Certification Process

Charlotte McCorquodale, PhD

The new national certification process for Lay Ecclesial Ministers (LEM) is less than a year old and it has already begun to set the national standards by which ministerial competence is measured. National certification provides many benefits to lay ecclesial ministers and to the Church that they serve. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to understand the elements of the national process and evaluate their readiness, as well as interest in national certification.

5-21  “Two Shall Become One Flesh” (Matt. 19:5): The Bible on Marriage

Fr. J. Patrick Mullen, PhD

Sacramental marriage requires effort, discipline and a clear desire to follow Jesus’ example of selflessness. It’s seldom easy, but always worth it. This workshop returns to biblical encouragements, laying out the pertinent passages (including the ever controversial passages on mutual submission), to encourage couples to a more focused, God-centered and biblical ideal for couples to strive toward and find mutual happiness.

5-22  A Covenant for All Generations: Building an Intergenerational Church 

How can parishes reach out to folds in their 20s and 30s? What might your parish look like if it were to embrace a paradigm that incorporates intergeneration ministries? This workshop proves an opportunity to think and pray together about in-person, print and online outreach to young adults involved in and on the edges of our Catholic communities.

Jennifer Owens, MDiv

Jennifer Owens is a doctoral student in Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. She has taught at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and at The Institute for Pastoral Ministry in the Diocese of Orange, Calif. Owens currently serves as Faith Formation Minister for Teens and Young Adults at St. Augustine Church in Oakland, and lives in an intentional community in Berkeley Hills. She has contributed to “Give Us This Day” and is co-editor of “From the Pews in the Back: Young Women and Catholicism.”

5-23  Care and Treatment Decisions for Compromised Patients or Patients at the End of Life

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD

In this session, Fr. Tad Pacholczyk will discuss end-of-life circumstances that call for ethical decision-making. A basic understanding and context for discussing pain and suffering will be given. Medical particulars that are important to the ethical considerations regarding the provision of nutrition and hydration will also be discussed. An analysis of the allocution of Pope John Paul II on the provision of artificial hydration and nutrition to persistent vegetative state patients will be reviewed, as well as an explanation of the principle of double effect as it is found in Catholic moral tradition and in the American Medical Association’s Code of Medical Ethics. Discussion will also ensue on the elements of a good death.

5-24  What the Young Church Wants You to Know (But Doesn’t Tell You)  

Roy Petitfils has spent years listening to young people. He’s heard them share things he knew they weren’t sharing with their friends and other adults. In this dynamic, humorous session, you’ll learn what’s really going on inside the minds and hearts of young people. You’ll be surprised by what they most deeply want adults to know about them and what they really want from us. You’ll walk away with tools and strategies for incorporating this information into the way you minister, teach, preach and parent.

Roy Petitfils, MS, LPC

For 20 years, Roy Petitfils has ministered in parish, diocesan and school settings as teacher, high school campus minister, administrator and school counselor. Today, he is a counselor in private practice. He has presented at numerous national and regional conferences, workshops and parish missions throughout the United States, speaking in over 20 dioceses. Petitfils writes a syndicated monthly column and has published articles and books; his latest, due out in January 2013, is entitled “What Teens Want You to Know (But Won’t Tell You).”

5-25  Three Popes: One Common Message 

In 1959, Pope John XXIII announced to the world that he was convening an ecumenical council. In 1983, Pope John Paul II called for a “New Evangelization.” This year, Pope Benedict XVI has called for a Year of Faith. When one examines the reason for each of these key moments in recent church history, one is amazed by what is held in common! In this presentation, we will look at these events to discern the theological purpose of each and we will discover a deep connection to the beautiful prayer offered by St. Augustine: “O Beauty, ever ancient, ever new.”

Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP

Sr. Maureen Sullivan is a Dominican Sister of Hope from New York. For the past 23 years, she has been a Professor of Theology at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. In addition to her teaching, she also serves as a religion consultant for the RCL Benziger Publishing Company. Sr. Sullivan has written two books on Vatican II: “101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II” and “The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology.”

5-26  Parenting is Not for Wimps!

Char Wenc, MEd

The job of parents is indeed challenging at times. It is difficult to know what to do and how to do it! Children do not come with manuals and we often do the best that we know how. It can be difficult to be consistent in our decisions regarding our children’s behavior. However, it is one of the greatest gifts of love we give them. It takes courage and grace from God. In this workshop, Char Wenc will entertain, encourage and empower you with practical parenting skills that she has learned from her 30 years as a parent, parent educator and coach.

5-27  God Called Me to Dance, Even if I’m Out of Step

Madonna Wojtaszek-Healy

Full inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of the Church benefits us all. Children with autism spectrum disorders can pose behavioral problems in classroom and catechetical settings. Dr. Wojtaszek-Healy will share insights and strategies for evangelizing these children and their families.

5-70  Đức Tin: Huyền Thoại hay Huyền Nhiệm     (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Đức tin là yếu tố căn bản không thể thiếu trong đời sống con người. Tại sao ngày nay nhiều người chối bỏ đức tin và cổ động một đời sống không cần đức tin? Liệu con người có thể sống mà không tin vào Thiên Chúa không? Trong năm Đức Tin, chúng ta cần phải hiểu và sống đức tin thế nào để người khác nhìn thấy đây thật sự là một huyền nhiệm, và chắc chắn không là một huyền thoại.

         Faith: Myth or Mystery?     (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Many contemporaries define faith as myth. Can people survive without faith in God? What are the reasons for the rise in atheism today? During this Year of Faith, we need to try to understand and live our faith in such a way that others can see in us and recognize that faith is truly a mystery and certainly not a myth.

Cha Hy K. Nguyễn
Rev. Hy K. Nguyen, SS

Cha Hy K. Nguyễn, Dòng Xuân Bích, chịu chức Linh Mục năm 1997, đã tốt nghiệp Tiến Sĩ Hiến Chế Thần Học tại Đại học Gregorion và đã dạy tại Chủng viện St. Mary và Đại học ở Baltimore được 6 năm. Hiện tại Cha đang dạy học ở Oblate về môn Thần học, Đại học tư thục Mễ - Mỹ và cũng là thành phần trong ban Giảng Viên tại đại chủng Viện Assumption, San Antonio.

Fr. Hy K. Nguyen, a Sulpician, was ordained in 1997. He received his doctorate in dogmatic theology at Gregorian University, and taught at St. Mary Seminary & University in Baltimore for six years. He is now teaching at the Oblate School of Theology, Mexican American Catholic College, and a faculty member at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio.


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