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3-01  Confirming Adult Catholics       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

This workshop will explore ways to evangelize and form already practicing Catholics who simply “missed” the sacrament of confirmation. Using a liturgical approach, Mary Birmingham will unpack a model that provides appropriate and proximate preparation for the sacrament, which has been used effectively in a parish setting for years.

Mary Birmingham

Mary Birmingham is Director of Liturgy, Music and Christian Initiation at Ascension Parish in Melbourne, Fla. She has been involved in RCIA ministry on a national level since 1992. An author and a Master Catechist for the Diocese of Orlando, Fla., Birmingham travels extensively throughout the United States and Canada providing diocesan workshops in the areas of initiation, sacramental and liturgical catechesis. She is a former team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate.

3-02  “In Joyful Hope” – Songs of Joy and Hope for Our Children       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Australian Andrew Chinn shares songs of joy and hope, some from his new collection and some old favorites, for the passing on of our faith from one generation to the next. Chinn shares his experiences, skills and songs gathered over 30 years as a teacher firstly, and then as a full-time music minister for children. Come and bring the child within and share your joy as we visit songs for celebrations: sacraments, liturgies, prayer, blessings and special events throughout the year. This session is geared to those who work with elementary and early childhood students.

Andrew Chinn

Andrew Chinn worked as a classroom teacher in Catholic elementary schools in Sydney, Australia, for nearly 20 years before moving into full-time music ministry as Director of Butterfly Music. He has presented at Catholic education conferences in 20 dioceses across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Chinn has released nine CDs, four DVDs and five picture books. In 2013, Chinn became part of the WLP family, who now distribute his music in North America.

3-03  The Heart of It All: Keys to Awesome Adolescent Ministry!       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Effective ministry begins with effective ministers. In this workshop, we will take some time to look deeply at our role as ministers to adolescents and see how our approach directly impacts the effectiveness of our ministry. If you are looking to start or renew your work with adolescents and learn some of the key influencing factors, you don’t want to miss this workshop!

Steven Ellair

Steven Ellair is a Senior Editor and National Presenter with Minnesota-based Saint Mary’s Press. He has been involved in catechetical ministry for 21 years and has served as a parish catechist, youth minister, Catholic schoolteacher and catechetical consultant for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Ellair has been involved in Catholic publishing for nearly 11 years and continues to write and speak nationally on issues related to catechesis. He has presented at national religious education events for 18 years.

3-04  Illuminating Church Teachings on Homosexuality       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Homosexuality is a controversial topic within the Church and in society. Official Church teachings offer a plethora of information for lesbian and gay Catholics and their families, but it’s often misquoted or out of context. This workshop will provide an overview of Church teachings on homosexuality from the Scriptures, Catechism, papal encyclicals and pastoral letters. Attendees can expect to better understand the Church’s three primary teachings on homosexuality: 1) the dignity of the human person; 2) the Church’s opposition to discrimination and harassment; and 3) the call to chastity. Additionally, teachings to help lesbian and gay Catholics participate fully and actively in the Church will be discussed.

Arthur G. Fitzmaurice, PhD

Based in Washington, D.C., Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice is Resource Director of the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry. He formerly served as Chair for the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons. Dr. Fitzmaurice speaks on topics ranging from bullying and suicide prevention to the pastoral care of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Catholics, and has presented at various regional and annual conferences. He also appears on several YouTube episodes produced by the Ignatian News Network.

Fr. Chris Ponnet

Born and raised at St. Luke’s in Temple City, Calif., Fr. Chris Ponnet was ordained a priest for the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 1983 (during the AIDS pandemic), and has been involved for over 25 years as Director of the Office of Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry. He also serves as Pastor of St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care. Fr. Ponnet has spoken about consistent life ethics and the death penalty at the Pax Christi Peace and Justice Conferences, to local congregations, and at meetings around the county.

3-05  Cry Out with Joy: Celebrating the Liturgy of the Word in Song

One of the most significant reforms of the liturgy since Vatican II has been the evolution of the importance of the Liturgy of the Word. The significance of the renewed Lectionary has become a central path for celebrating the presence of Christ in the praying assembly, and music continues to be an important force bringing the Scriptures to life. This workshop will be a musical celebration of the ritual tonality needed for the Word to be integrated in the prayer of the liturgy. Come and learn how the ritual elements are connected and take part in the singing, praying and celebrating while we examine many musical examples and options, as well as the roles of the cantor/psalmist and the choir/vocal ensemble.

David Haas

David Haas is a member of the Campus Ministry team at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn., where he is founder and Executive Director of “Music Ministry Alive!” – an international liturgical music formation program for high school and college-age youth. Haas has composed over 50 original collections and recordings of liturgical music, available through GIA Publications. He has spoken internationally and has authored over 20 books on music, liturgy, prayer and spirituality.

Lori True

Lori True is Campus Minister and Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. She is Associate Director of “Music Ministry Alive!” and active as a workshop presenter, concert performer, master cantor and recording artist. A published composer of several collections of liturgical music with GIA Publications, True has authored several articles on liturgy and music, the ministry of cantor, and liturgical planning.

3-06  The Bible is a Dangerous Book: The Radical and Inclusive Kingdom of Jesus  

Jesus’ teaching of the doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven was an uncompromising demand for a transformative change; an utter cleansing, without and within. Jesus asks us to put him before all else – before nation, ethnic clan, family or self. It is dangerous because Jesus gives everything on our behalf and then demands the same of us. It is radical and inclusive because Jesus’ teachings defy the social, political and religious foundations of the times. What was it about Jesus and his message that led the Jewish Sanhedrin and Imperial Rome to join forces to execute him? And what does it mean to be a new creation in Christ?

Darrell Hall

Darrell Hall is former principal at St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby, British Colombia, Canada, where he has taught religious education at the senior high level for 34 years. Hall has spoken at the Catholic Educators’ Conference (in Vancouver, Canada), at the Reverence for Life conferences, at various high schools and senior retreats, and at numerous parishes. He last presented at the Religious Education Congress in 2013; his book is entitled, “I Am Convinced: God the Truth and You.”

3-07  Dying Young: Why the Young Church Is Falling Away and What We Can Do About It  

The Church isn’t getting any younger … but why not? While youth and young adult ministries flourish in some parishes, young people are seemingly non-existent in others. We know the challenges, and in this session Mark Hart will propose some tangible and practical solutions to the problem.

Mark Hart

Mark Hart serves as Executive Vice President for Life Teen International. He is a best-selling and award-winning author and co-author of over a dozen books, including “Embracing God’s Plan for Marriage,” and has created the popular DVD Bible Study Series, “T3.” Hart has traveled the globe speaking to millions and is a regular guest on several Catholic radio programs, including a weekly spot on SiriusXM and produces a weekly podcast for Life Teen.

3-08  Five Things Every Kid Needs To Know… However Old We Are!       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Every child – whatever our age – needs to know these five essential truths about ourselves and our place in the world. As a parish priest of 34 years, Fr. Joe Kempf sees what yields lives “afire” with hope, meaning and joy, and shares his insight as only he can. Through demonstration, stories and down-to-earth wisdom, find anew what matters most for your children … and the child in you. (Including a brief segment on what every religious educator needs to know!)

Fr. Joe Kempf

Fr. Joe Kempf is Pastor of Assumption Parish in O’Fallon, Mo., and founder and President of “Gospel Values.” He is a well-known speaker and appears at religious education gatherings around the country and Canada. Fr. Kempf is author of numerous books, videos and CDs, including “You Want Me to be Good ALL DAY?” and “My Sister is Annoying!” He also has four volumes of DVDs under the “Big Al LIVE” series.

3-09  Do You See What I See? A Catechist’s Perspective       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

What we see in life depends on lots of things. What is it that contributes to how we see or how we form our perspectives? What are the perceptions that we hold as cate­chists? It’s important to ask ourselves these questions from time to time to make sure that our answers reflect the call of Jesus in our lives. This presentation will discuss perspectives and perceptions that catechists might hold in regard to their ministry, their faith and their students, and how these perspectives and perceptions contribute to our teaching as Jesus did.

Fr. David Loftus (bio 3-11)  (originally scheduled with Dr. Saundra Kennedy)

3-10  Discovering the Assembly’s Voice: sac­red Music in the Liturgy  

According to the U.S. bishops’ document on liturgical music, “Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship”: “The musical formation of the assembly must be a continuing concern in order to foster full, conscious, and active participation” in the liturgy. This means that musical formation is not just for the choir, but for everyone. How can parishes form their assemblies so that vibrant sung participation is the norm? This session explores how to improve our singing and to be more attentive to sacred music’s role in the liturgy, so that, as the gathered body of Christ, we may to lift our voices in praise to God in the manner our Church envisions.

Peter Kolar

Peter Kolar is Senior Editor of Hispanic Resources for World Library Publications. His bilingual Mass setting, “Misa Luna,” is sung in cathedrals and parishes nationwide. Kolar is a faculty instructor and Music Program Coordinator for the Tepeyac Institute in El Paso, Texas, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Liturgical Conference. He resides in El Paso, Texas, where he is Director of the El Paso Diocesan Choir. He is a frequent workshop presenter at the Religious Education Congress.

3-11  Hearts Burning, or Heartburn?       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Fifteen years ago, the visionary and inspirational document “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us” charted a course for the future of adult faith formation in the United States. This session will explore some of what has occurred in these 15 years, taking into consideration changes that have taken place in our Church, in our country and in our world. To where does Jesus now call us?

Fr. David Loftus

A priest of the Los Angeles Archdiocese and a graduate of both All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland, and Boston College, Fr. David Loftus currently serves as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Northridge, Calif. For a number of years, he worked in the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education as Coordinator/Consultant in Catechist Formation and Adult Education. Fr. Loftus maintains membership in the National Conference for Cate­chetical Leadership, where he has served as Vice President.

3-12  Music and Multicultural Ministry       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Navigating multi- and inter-cultural realities in ministry is a lifelong process of learning, unlearning and learning anew! Come enter into an experience that will inspire, affirm and encourage the ongoing ministry and work of living, teaching, welcoming and worshiping in a Church and world that is wonderfully and beautifully diverse! There will be singing, laughing and a great cultivation of hope and joy!

Jesse Manibusan

Itinerant witness, songwriter, speaker, joy cultivator, storyteller and evangelizer, Jesse Manibusan is co-founder, along with his wife, Jodi, of 2by2 Ministries. With over 28 years of experience as a music minister, catechist and youth worker, he travels throughout the United States, Canada and beyond, with numerous appearances at the L.A. Congress, World Youth Days, and various parish missions, Catholic schools and diocesan events. A workshop clinician, composer and recording artist, Manibusan has several CDs published by Oregon Catholic Press and spirit­andsong.com.

3-13  Praying with Scripture       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

How can I pray with the Bible? Fr. James Martin will teach you two simple ways to help you enter more deeply into the Old and New Testaments, enrich your spiritual life, and encounter God in Scripture. We’ll use simple methods to learn about the practices of lectio divina and Ignatian contemplation, and you will learn easy techniques of prayer that anyone can use.

James Martin, SJ

Fr. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, is Editor at Large of America, the Catholic magazine. He is author of several award-winning books including, most recently, “Together on Retreat,” “Between Heaven and Mirth,” “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything” and “My Life with the Saints.” A popular speaker, Fr. Martin presents frequently at parish groups, retreats and national conferences, including the past several years at the Religious Education Congress.

3-14  The Social Teaching of Pope Francis       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Pope Francis has captivated those both within and outside of the Catholic Church with his sense of open engagement. For many, he represents a new beginning and thus has created a renewed interest in Catholicism. This session will explore Pope Francis’ teachings on social justice issues. We will discover how he is deeply rooted in the long history of prior Catholic social teaching, and consider the new emphases and challenges he offers to people of faith living in an unjust world.

Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, STD

Fr. Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, is Professor of Moral Theology at Marquette University. A former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, he is a noted expert on Catholic social thought and a speaker on social justice issues. A former Congress keynote, he has addressed most major Catholic social justice conferences in the country and is a consultant to many faith-based leadership groups nationally and internationally.

3-15  How to Talk with Young People About God!       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

The call to discipleship is a response to the Word! This session will provide participants with practical skills on how to use symbols, analogy and metaphors in developing God talk. These skills are applicable to home, classes, youth ministry settings and in our conversations. Further, this session will identify spiritual practices, faith skills and rituals that enable young people to “talk” about God and faith, and to live out their discipleship. Let’s talk about young people and about God!

Robert J. McCarty, DMin

Bob McCarty is Executive Director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, based in Washington, D.C. He has been in youth ministry since 1973, serving in parish, school, community and diocesan settings. McCarty also provides training in ministry skills and issues internationally. He serves as a volunteer in his parish youth ministry and catechetical programs at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, Md., and his hobbies include cycling, rock climbing and now grandparenting!

3-16  Wear Hope Like a Second Skin!       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Desmond Tutu, the retired South African Anglican bishop, has said: “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” The Light of Christ is a spark that is seeded in each of us, in all of us. Life in God as the children and the servants of light is our birthright and our way of setting the earth on fire with hope and compassion. Hope, like the Spirit of God, “sleeps beneath our paper flesh like dynamite,” writes Thomas Merton. Come practice hope!

Dr. Megan McKenna

Megan McKenna, a native of New York City now living in Albuquerque, N.M., is an international speaker, storyteller and author of 49 books, including “This Will be Remembered of Her,” which won her an award from the Catholic Press Association. The Ambassador of Peace for Pax Christi USA also won the Isaac Hecker Award for Justice and Peace. McKenna teaches at a number of universities, colleges and pastoral institutes around the world. Her recent book is “Like a Hammer Shattering Rock.”

3-17  The Church, Pope Francis & You: Where Are We Going?       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Fr. Jonathan Morris will give a synopsis of what Pope Francis has done for the Church and how the Pope wants us to respond in our own lives and as a Catholic family.

Fr. Jonathan Morris

Fr. Jonathan Morris is Program Director for the Catholic Channel on SiriusXM, the Communications Advisor to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the New York Archdiocese, and parochial vicar at the historic Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City. Fr. Morris also serves as Campus Minister at Columbia University in Upper Manhattan in New York City. He is author of “The Promise” and “God Wants You Happy,” both available from HarperOne. Fr. Morris regularly presents at universities, parishes and conferences, including the University Series, sponsored by parishes in the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

3-18  The Seven Habits of Highly Evangelistic Catholics     (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

Every Catholic is called to live out and share their faith with others. Yet exactly how should we go about it? The Church holds up the great example of the saints, whose very lives give witness to what it means to be joyful messengers and ambassadors for Christ. Join Hector Molina as he shares the seven common habits of these highly evangelistic Catholics and how we might incorporate them into our daily lives in order to win others for Christ.

Hector Antonio Molina Jr.

Hector Molina is an international lay apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers, the largest lay-run apostolate of apologetics and evangelization in North America. The seasoned evangelist was a former Director of Evangelization for the St. Louis Archdiocese, and founding Director of their Office for the New Evangelization. Molina has nearly 25 years of professional speaking throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, and Singapore.

3-19  P.A.R.T.Y. (Parents & Administration Re­mem­bering The Youth)  

Having a hard time speaking to your teen? Getting lost in the onslaught of technology? Need to figure out pop culture nomenclature or desperately trying to understand the acronyms of texting? Look no further. The ELEV8 team’s P.A.R.T.Y. workshop is for you. We even answer some of those questions about a teen struggling with their sexual orientation. That’s right. We said that. Come to this empowering session for adults, learn how ELEV8 bridges the gap between parent and teen, and leave knowing your teen really is looking to you more than you think they are.

Anthony Preston

Anthony Preston is an actor, musician, motivational speaker, and creator and Executive Producer of ELEV8, a teen integrity program based in Southern California. Preston has been a representative for hundreds of schools and institutions since 2001 and has worked with a host of secondary education programs and organizations, including The Right to Life League, Upward Bound and Rachel’s Challenge. His presentations call teens to embrace a holistic lifestyle, free of bullying, drugs and promiscuous sex.

3-20  Does the Word of God Really Have Authority in the Church?  

At Vatican II, the Church affirmed the preeminent authority of the Word of God, whose servant we all are. What does this mean? Does it challenge how authority is exercised by the Church?

Timothy Radcliffe, OP

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe joined the Dominicans in 1965 and 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 (1992- 2001). Fr. Radcliffe is an itinerant lecturer who has preached in over a hundred countries. His books include “Seven Last Words,” and he is an Editor Advisor and regular contributor to the daily prayer periodical, Give Us This Day.

3-21  Culture, Justice and Caritas: The Vision of Popes Benedict and Francis  

This workshop will consider the interaction between modern culture and the Catholic commitment to justice and caritas through the lens of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. The Church’s ethical voice and witness are much needed in the current debates about globalization, human development and the common good, as much of this discourse has been dominated by political rather than deeper cultural concerns. At the heart of this conversation is an understanding of what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God and how this informs everything we do for justice, charity and truth in the world around us.

Jonathan J. Reyes, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Reyes is Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. In 2009, he became President/CEO of Catholic Charities in the Denver Archdiocese. In 2005, Dr. Reyes helped found the Augustine Institute of Denver, and served as its first President. He also taught in the History Department at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., where he served two years as Vice President for Academic Affairs.

3-22  Families ARE the Future of the Church!       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

The research tells us! Our pastoral experience tells us! Our own faith journey tells us! SO, when are we going to make families – across the life cycle – the center of faith formation in every parish? If we want vibrant faith in our children, teens and young adults, then family faith formation needs to be our No. 1 priority – and we need to devote our time and resources to building strong family assets and strong family faith. Learn how to equip today’s family for discipleship and lifelong faith growth, and how to support parents and grandparents as faith formers.

John Roberto

John Roberto is President of LifelongFaith Associates, based in Naugatuck, Conn., and Editor of the Lifelong Faith Journal. He is also coordinator of the Faith Formation 2020 Initiative and the Faith Formation Learning Exchange (with Vibrant Faith Ministries). Roberto works as a consultant to churches and national organizations, and give presentations and workshops in lifelong faith formation across the United States. Among his latest publications is “Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith.”

3-23  Crucifixion: How a Terrible Form of Capital Punishment Became a Symbol of Abundant Life  

In Roman antiquity, death on the cross was considered as the most horrible and shameful form of capital punishment. The Gospel Passion narratives reflect the actual procedures used in the process of crucifying a condemned prisoner. Yet, because of who Jesus was and why he was led to the cross enabled the New Testament to transform this most abject form of death into a symbol of life for all humanity.

Fr. Donald Senior, CP

Fr. Donald Senior is President Emeritus of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also a member of the faculty as Professor of New Testament. The Philadelphia native is a member of the Passionist Congregation and was ordained a priest in 1967. Fr. Senior has published both scholarly and popular works on Scripture, is a frequent lecturer and speaker throughout the United States and abroad, and serves on numerous boards and commissions.

3-24  Pope Francis: How Do We Become a “Church for the Poor”?       (WORKSHOP CLOSED)

In his inaugural homily, Pope Francis committed himself to “embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially to the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those whom Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison.” We can do no less! Join Bishop Sylvester Ryan and a panel of educators working in solidarity with the poor in the United States and internationally, as they reflect how, as a Church community, we can be the “church for the poor” together.

Bishop Sylvester Ryan

Bishop Sylvester Ryan, a priest for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, served as principal of St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., in the 1970s. In 1986, he was named President-Rector of the archdio­cesan St. John’s College Seminary, and then appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles in 1990. He was installed as the third Bishop of Monterey in California in 1992; he retired December 2006 at age 76. Bishop Ryan also served as President of the California Catholic Conference from 1997-2004.

Msgr. Timothy Joseph Dyer

Timothy Dyer, born and raised in Los Angeles, attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo and St. Mary’s College in Baltimore. A priest of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, he has served the parishes of St. Columbkille and Nativity Church since 1974 and was archdiocesan Vicar for Clergy from 1991-1995. Msgr. Dyer has taught Scripture courses and presented parish retreats and archdiocesan events for parish communities and schools. He is currently Pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Los Angeles.

Joyce Francois

Joyce Francois has worked for years in the Office for Youth Ministry for the Detroit Archdiocese, where she is currently Regional Youth Ministry Coordinator. She has created a partnership between her archdiocese and the Diocese of Riobamba, Ecuador, and has taken numerous groups on mission and cultural immersion trips. Francois works primarily with youth from churches within the city of Detroit. She leads various local presentations and training connected to youth ministry.

3-25  Intellectual Preparation for the New Evangelization: Four Critical Challenges from Contemporary Culture  

A Pew Research Center study indicates that unbelief among Americans is increasing at 1 percent per year (from 25 percent to 35 percent in the last 10 years). Catholics are no exception. Much of this unbelief is attributable to three false dichotomies from popular culture: 1) faith vs. science and reason; 2) suffering vs. the love of God; and 3) virtue and morality vs. individual freedom. There is also considerable doubt surrounding the historicity and divinity of Jesus. Fr. Robert Spitzer will address resolutions to these intellectual challenges from the latest scientific, philosophical, historical and exegetical evidence. He will also address ways they can be taught in our schools and parishes so that we can help stem the tide of unbelief.

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. The former President of Gonzaga University (from 1998 to 2009) has published five books and many scholarly articles for which he has won awards. Fr. Spitzer gives over 90 public lectures annually at universities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, as well as presentations to Boards of Directors of major corporations, to priests conferences and other Catholic academic societies and meetings.

3-26  Confirmation in a New Translation  

Rev. Paul Turner (bio 1-21)

The Rite of Confirmation in the Catholic Church will soon be reissued with a new English translation. What should we expect? How different will the prayers sound? What can we learn by looking once more at the confirmation liturgy?

3-27  The Common Good and an Un-common Hope  

Jim Wallis (bio 2-24)

Ours is a shallow and selfish age and we are in need of conversion – from looking out just for ourselves to looking out for one another. It is easy to feel hopeless, that this is all there is. But how does our pursuit of the common good point us to and awaken an “uncommon hope” of the world that is to come?

3-70  Thử chia sẻ một lớp cho giới trẻ về sứ mạng và phương thức rao truyền Tin Mừng của người trẻ thời nay  

Chúng ta sẽ cùng nhau thử tìm cách chia sẻ với giới trẻ về lời mời gọi của Chúa Giê-su – “Hãy đi và biến muôn dân thành môn đệ” – của Chúa, giúp các bạn trẻ nhận ra sứ mạng cao cả và thúc bách này, cũng như một vài phương thức và môi trường thích hợp với tuổi trẻ, để các bạn đóng góp tích cực vào việc Tân Phúc Âm Hóa của Giáo Hội.

     Teaching Mission and Evangelization Methods for Today’s Young People  

In this workshop, we will share with youth about the urging of Jesus’ challenge – “Go and make disciples of all nations” – some instruments of and environments for evangelization suitable for today’s youth, so they can actively contribute to the New Evangelization of the Church. (Session presented in Vietnamese.)

Frère Fortunat Phong, FSC

Frère Fortunat Phong là một tu sĩ thuộc Dòng La San, chuyên lo việc giáo dục. Trước năm 1975, Frère từng phục vụ tại trường La San Taberd, Sàigòn, và các trường La San khác bên Việt Nam. Ngoài việc dạy học trong các cơ sở giáo dục của Dòng La San trong 48 năm qua, Frère thường được các nơi, trong nước cũng như ngoài nước, mời đến chia sẻ trong các khóa huấn luyện giáo lý viên, tĩnh tâm, đại hội giới trẻ.

Bro. Fortunat Phong, FSC

Brother Fortunat Phong, a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, is an international speaker and retreat facilitator. Prior to 1975, he served at the La San Tabard in Saigon, Vietnam, and at other Lasallian schools in Vietnam. In addition to teaching in the educational institutions of the Lasallian order for 48 years, Bro. Phong is often invited to present at catechist trainings, retreats and youth conferences both in the United States and in foreign countries.

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