2015 RECongress Period 3
Religious Education Congress
Friday, March 13, 2015
3:00 - 4:30 pm
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3-01 Sing to The Lord! Music and Prayer in Teaching the Faith
Music is a powerful tool of communication: It says things that words alone cannot. Whether looking for creative teaching ideas or powerful prayer experiences – knowing how to competently and creatively use music is one of the most important things we can do in ministry. This workshop is filled with great ideas for both the use of music in teaching and the leading of music in praying with young people.
Veteran musician, composer and youth minister, Steve Angrisano has presented at venues ranging from parish mission weekend youth retreats to major events around the world, including seven World Youth Days. He served as MC for several National Catholic Youth Conferences, the National Pastoral Musicians Conference, and the L.A. Congress and its Youth Day. Angrisano has shared his music – songs like “Go Make A Difference” and “We Are the Light of the World” – with thousands of people in more than 200 dioceses for the past 13 years.
3-02 A Prophet for All Seasons: The Biography of Isaiah
As prophets go, Isaiah is a phenomenon. His book has been called the fifth Gospel, and we hear it proclaimed in the Sunday assembly more often than anything else in the Old Testament. The premiere prophet of Advent – “For unto us a child is born!” – is also the final prophet of Holy Week – “He was pierced for our offenses, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah’s words are familiar, so how come many of us don’t know anything about this guy? Who is this long-dead prophet of Israel who speaks so intimately to Christian hearts?
Alice Camille, MDiv
Alice Camille is a religious educator, retreat leader, Scripture columnist and contributor to “Give Us This Day,” the Catholic, daily prayer guide by Liturgical Press. Her experiences span parish catechist, campus minister, women’s shelter supervisor, and ecumenical worship leader at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim in Arizona. Author of several books, Camille now leads parish missions, retreats and catechetical workshops throughout the United States.
3-03 St. Ignatius’ Rules for Discernment of Spirits in Light of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart
We will be exploring ways to defeat the temptations of The Enemy of Our Human Nature and keep our hearts open to the love the Father has for us so that we can offer that love to the world. The challenge is to do this even if it means our hearts get pierced along the way. Gain some practical tips important for staying fresh in our own teaching and ministry and which are easily passed along to those we serve as well.
Rev. Christopher Collins, SJ
Fr. Christopher Collins, a Jesuit priest of the Wisconsin Province, is Director of the Catholic Studies Program at Saint Louis University in Missouri, where he teaches theology. Formerly, he was Assistant Pastor at Holy Rosary Mission on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Fr. Collins is author of two books and currently serves as the Board Chair of the Apostleship of Prayer in the United States.
3-04 Disciple-building Youth Ministry
We are being called to form youth as missionary disciples. Parishes throughout the country have found key practices and are providing youth ministry in new ways that help young people live their faith actively as young adults and adults. These communities built a strong foundation for effective youth ministry through vision, collaboration, faith witness, connections with families and active involvement of youth. This workshop will explore the essential strategies and practices of parishes that are developing young disciples who thrive and building youth ministry that grows.
Based in Gig Harbor, Wash., Tom East is Director of the Center for Ministry Development. Previously, he served as Director of Youth Ministry and as Associate Director of Religious Education for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. He is author of numerous books, including “Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry,” and is a popular speaker at youth and religious education conferences nationwide, including the RECongress, the National Catholic Education Association, as well as conferences sponsored by the Center for Ministry Development.
3-05 Some Say Learning Can’t Be Fun … Wanna Bet?
If your catechetical setting is in need of some new ideas and new life, then come to this workshop! We will explore how religious education not only can but should be filled with joy and enthusiasm! Focus will be on creative ideas and techniques that can be immediately used in the catechetical setting with elementary children and junior-high youth.
Steven Ellair is a national presenter and Managing Editor for Curriculum with Saint Mary’s Press. He has been involved in catechetical ministry for 23 years and has served as a parish catechist, youth minister, Catholic schoolteacher and archdiocesan catechetical consultant. Ellair has been involved in Catholic publishing for over 10 years and continues to write and speak nationally on issues related to catechesis. He has presented at national religious education events for the past 18 years.
3-06 Stalking the Gap
In her writing, American contemporary author Annie Dillard invites us to “stalk the gaps.” In this workshop, we shall delve into the aches, pain and sadness that is part of the human condition and see how it relates to spirituality and leads to a Divine encounter.
Fr. Michael Fish, OSB, Cam
Michael Fish, a monk of the New Camaldoli Hermitage, is a native of South Africa. At the age of 23 he joined the Redemptorist order and spent many of his 26 years with them. In 1997, responding to a persistent desire for a more contemplative way of life, he left the Redemptorists and South Africa and became a Camaldolese Benedictine at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, Calif. Fr. Fish is now engaged in spiritual direction to guests and retreatants at the Hermitage as well as directing retreats.
3-07 Catholic Ethics Concerning Acceptance of Gay and Lesbian Persons
The Gospels challenge us to welcome all into our church communities, but should there be a limit to acceptance? This session will draw from Sacred Scripture, Church teachings and scientific research in considering how we are called to love our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. Through addressing difficult questions – such as whether acceptance of the person implies condoning one’s actions – this workshop will move beyond merely presenting Church teaching toward helping us make sense of it in our hearts.
Arthur G. Fitzmaurice, PhD
Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice is Resource Director of the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry, based in Washington, D.C. He formerly served as Chair for the Los Angeles Archdiocese Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons. Dr. Fitzmaurice has spoken at national and diocesan conferences, including the Faith Formation Conference, the annual Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry, and the Gay Christian Network. He also appears in several of Ignatian News Network’s YouTube series on pastoral care of LGBT Catholics.
3-08 The Slave Across the Street: Human Trafficking of American Teens
Human trafficking is the second largest crime in the United States. Survivor, author and activist Theresa Flores will discuss how this is happening right under our noses and what is being done to combat this silent epidemic. Learn what modern-day slavery, prostitution and pornography have in common and why this has become “normal” today. Flores will also share her personal story of being a Catholic teenager from a good family and yet was trafficked for two years without anyone’s knowledge. She is proof that human dignity can rise above any circumstance and impact the world, both by changing people’s hearts and minds, and by altering the laws of the land.
Theresa L. Flores, LSW, MS
Theresa Flores is a human trafficking survivor, victim’s advocate, best-selling author and founder of SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution). In 2009, she was appointed to the Ohio Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission and testified before the Ohio House and Senate in support of human trafficking legislation. Flores received The Courage Award from the Ohio governor and has received the 2013 Christian Service Award from the University of Dayton’s Alumni Association.
3-09 “ ‘Come and SEE,’ ” said Jesus – Celebrating Prayer Rituals with Children
This workshop will help you lead children to discover their own relationship with God and with one another through simple prayer rituals that can be celebrated in the classroom, at home and at other times. Sr. Paule Freeburg, DC, and Chris Walker are well known for the music and ritual prayer celebrations for children they have written.
Sr. Paule Freeburg, DC
Sr. Paule Freeburg, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, is the Western Region Spiritual Advisor for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, based in Mountain View, Calif. She has an extensive background in religious education for both children and adults. For the past 25 years, Sr. Freeburg and Chris Walker have written and published biblical material for children, and she has written song and prayer texts for many well-known collections of children’s music.
Christopher Walker is an internationally known church composer, speaker on liturgical music and choral conductor. He served as Director of Music for the Clifton Cathedral in the United Kingdom for 18 years, and now is Director of Music at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Los Angeles. A conductor of choirs and orchestras in England and the United States, Walker travels the globe giving workshops and lectures on church music and liturgy, choral and cantor techniques and children’s spirituality.
3-10 You Have Put on Christ: Cultivating a Baptismal Spirituality
This workshop will focus on the beginning – the moment of our baptism into Christ Jesus. Too often we settle into a kind of ritual stupor and forget the power that claimed us when we were baptized. What does it mean to have been baptized into Christ? Discover ways to cultivate a baptismal spirituality in the parish so that the parish, our relationships, our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and catechetical ministries and our ways of thinking and acting can be transformed again and again!
Dr. Jerry Galipeau
Dr. Jerry Galipeau is Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer at World Library Publications, based in Franklin Park, Ill. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and has authored numerous publications and has presented keynotes and workshops throughout the United States and Canada. He blogs regularly for those interested in liturgy, music and initiation.
3-11 No Exemptions: Servant Leadership
Church ministry can be a rewarding experience. To follow Christ Jesus by serving one another is a gift. The sharing of our knowledge and experience with others is a call from God. However, we must be ever mindful that this great gift may lie next to a great weakness. (The desire to lead others to Christ may sit next to a desire to wield over others.) We must remember that the call to discipleship is a call to service. There are no exemptions from being a “servant of God.” This workshop is an exploration of the meaning and purpose of ministry, service and leadership in the Church. It offers specific insights for ministry formation and development.
Dr. Greer G. Gordon
Dr. Greer Gordon is a Roman Catholic theologian, author and lecturer. She has served on the administration and philosophy faculties at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; on the theology faculty at Regis College in Weston, Mass.; and as a diocesan director in Boston, Washington, D.C., Oakland, Calif., and Baton Rouge, La. Dr. Gordon was invited by the Vatican to respond to Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical on Women, and the first woman to deliver the Baccalaureate Address at Boston University.
3-12 Feeding the Hungers: The Hopes for Youth Catechesis and Theology
Teaching theology in Catholic high schools and adolescent catechesis in parishes presents unique challenges in our postmodern world, but also great opportunities. The key to effective education-in-faith with this age group is to actively engage the deep hungers and thirsts of their lives, responding out of the surplus of good food (Matt. 14:20) and the fresh waters (John 4:10) of Catholic Christian faith.
Dr. Thomas Groome
Dr. Tom Groome is Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, where he is also Chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. The award-winning author has written or edited 10 books and numerous articles and essays. For the past 35 years Dr. Groome has lectured all over the world, presenting thousands of workshops and seminars, and has presented at all the major North American conferences for religious educators and pastoral ministers.
3-13 We Don’t Sing AT the Liturgy – We SING the Liturgy!
Imagine your favorite movie musical – but with no music! The same is true for any liturgical celebration, especially the Eucharist. Music is integral to liturgy, intrinsic to the ritual action and critical to free the gathered assembly to pray and celebrate. We need to clarify the theology and intent of the various ritual units of the Mass, and discover where music can help to amplify and lift up these moments of prayer and praise. Come ready to sing and learn, identify important resources for catechesis, and prepare a strategy for how music will not be “inspiring entertainment,” but a platform for believers to express their faith and deepen their “being sent” on mission.
David Haas is a member of the Campus Ministry team at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn., where he is also founder and Executive Director of “Music and Ministry Alive!” – an international liturgical music formation program for high school and college age youth. Nominated for a Grammy Award in 1991, Haas has been active as a concert performer and recording artist for over 30 years. He has composed over 50 original collections and recordings of liturgical music with GIA Publications, and has authored over 20 books.
3-14 Behold-ing the Mystery: Helping Young Catholics Appreciate the Mass
We have all experienced the yawns, the rolling of eyes and the whining of souls when it comes to holy Mass ... and that’s often just from the adults. So how do we pass along the mysterious beauty of the liturgy to the young church? How do we guide young souls into a deeper comprehension of God’s timeless Love flowing out of the sanctuary? Mark Hart will offer timely insights into the problem, and propose some practical solutions to help the Mass come to life in young lives.
Mark Hart, based in Arizona, 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 his latest, “Behold the Mystery,” and has created the popular young adult Scripture study, “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 radio.
3-15 “Hey, I Know! Let’s Have a Women’s Retreat!” (and Other Crazy Things We Say) without losing your mind or your staff
So, you want to have a women’s ministry in the parish? But since the women are exhausted, spread too thin, working so hard at other matters in the parish and in life, it seems daunting, right? In this workshop, come pray, sing, learn and discuss what works effectively for women’s ministry on the parish and diocesan level. Sarah Hart has been deeply involved in women’s ministry as an itinerant minister for over 15 years. She’ll share stories with humor and honesty of her experiences in this vital area of adult catechesis. Be prepared for fun, song, prayer and possible spontaneous line dancing.
Sarah Hart of Nashville, Tenn., has been a singer, songwriter and keynote speaker for 20 years. Her parish missions and itinerant ministry have taken her all over the United States and abroad. Hart has performed for countless conventions and events, and for Pope Francis in 2013. The Grammy-nominated songwriter’s pieces can be found in many hymnals and have been recorded by numerous artists. She has written several retreats for parish, women’s and adult catechesis, which she herself presents.
3-16 A New Way to Be Church: Rethinking Parish Life from the Outside In
In his 2013 Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Pope Francis encourages a renewal of the parish so that it is “completely mission-oriented.” What if parish was defined by the needs of the world? What if sacraments were refined by a vision of justice? What if the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and all formation was dedicated to the formation of great hearted people? What if Catholic schools and colleges were distinctive by the commitment of their students? This workshop will speak to a radically new vision for parish life and specific strategies about how to alter the parish orientation from self-focus to the Reign of God.
Jack J. 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 President of JustFaith Ministries, based in Louisville, Ky. For the past 12 years, he regularly gives about 40 presentations and workshops per year, including continuing education for priests, deacons and diocesan staff as well as parish, regional and national convenings. Jezreel was the Keynote speaker at the 2011 Los Angeles Congress.
3-17 Eternal is His Love
In this workshop, Liam Lawton examines the ways that God communicates his extraordinary love for us especially when we least expect or when we struggle to finding meaning in difficult times. Woven through song are the stories of God’s hidden presence revealed in unexpected times and places.
Liam Lawton is a priest of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Ireland, where he serves as Director of Music. He has recorded 16 collections of music and his music has been translated into several languages. Fr. Lawton’s work and performances have brought him to stages in Europe and across the United States, from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Anaheim Arena. He has recorded a number of TV specials including two on PBS, and has written two books, “The Hope Prayer” and “Where God Hides.”
3-18 Communicating our Faith: The Intersection of Faith and Media in the 21st Century
Modern social communications, which is new and ever-evolving, presents unique challenges and opportunities for the Catholic media. Fr. Matthew Malone will examine the importance of mission and identity in crafting media strategies for the New Evangelization. He will also offer practical tips for shaping an ecclesial conversation that is effective, charitable and apostolic.
Rev. Matthew Malone, SJ
Jesuit priest Fr. Matt Malone is the 14th Editor-in-Chief at America magazine, where he served as Associate Editor. In 2006, Fr. Malone received the Catholic Press Associate Award for essay writing and has been a special assistant and chief speechwriter to U.S. Representative Martin Meehan (D-MA). His writing has appeared in numerous national and international publications and his work and ideas have been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others.
3-19 Virtues for Adult Christians Arena
Pope Francis has said that Christian morality cannot be reduced to a simple collection of moral rules. For there is another traditional approach to ethical living and conscience formation: the life of virtue. This workshop explores the approach of virtue ethics, considers the traditional moral virtues, and then investigates the contemporary virtues needed by adult moral believers facing today’s ethical challenges.
Rev. Bryan N. Massingale, STD
Fr. Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, is Professor of Moral Theology at Marquette University. He is a former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. The former Congress keynote has addressed most major Catholic social justice conferences in the country and is a consultant to many leadership groups nationally and internationally.
3-20 Create a Family Culture of Spirituality
Long after material inheritance evaporates, spiritual heirlooms continue to nurture the soul and shape the character of children throughout their lifetime. Parents who create a culture of Christian spirituality within their home provide lifelong spiritual treasure. This presentation will suggest “starter ideas” for cultivating a family spirituality that is flavored by the seasons in the liturgical year with an emphasis on Eucharistic devotion.
Dr. Patricia M. McCormack, IHM
Dr. Patricia McCormack is an international formation-education consultant and Program Director for the IHM Office of Formative Support for Parents and Teachers in Philadelphia. She has over 30 years in both classroom and administration experience from elementary through college levels. Since 2001, Sr. McCormack’s full-time ministry includes diocesan conferences, religious education congresses, administrator retreats and parent presentations, and she has written hundreds of articles.
3-21 “It Is What It Is”: Understanding, Reaching and Discipling Apathetic, Disengaged and Resistant Youth & Young Adults
Have you ever had a class, group or young person you secretly dreaded working with? Do you ever feel like you’re wasting your time, because you’re not getting through to teens? What if you could actually look forward to working with the toughest, most apathetic youth? You’ll discover the real reasons young people hit the snooze button in church, how to recognize different levels of human resistance and acquire a new set of tools you can begin using immediately to effectively reach youth and once again – or perhaps for the first time – enjoy working with hard to reach youth.
Roy Petitfils, MS, LPC
For 20 years Roy Petitfils has ministered in parish, diocesan and school settings as a teacher, high school campus minister, administrator and school counselor. He now is a counselor in private practice. Petitfils has presented at numerous national and regional conferences, workshops and parish missions throughout the United States. He writes a syndicated monthly column, “Our Young Church,” and has written many articles and has published several books; his most recent is “What Teens Want You to Know (But Won’t Tell You).”
3-22 Bereavement Ministry to Young Adults
Bereavement ministry usually is extended to the most immediate survivor, but what about the bond between a young adult (those in their 20s and 30s) and a grandparent? Plus, many young adults are away from active participation. What is it like for them to attend a funeral? Can it be a moment of evangelization? Would a young adult grief support group ever work? Come to discuss issues and practices that offer a warm embrace.
Mary Prete has a wealth of experience working with pastoral ministers. She has served as pastoral musician for the Office for Divine Worship in Chicago for many years, and was Vice President of Parish Services at J.S. Paluch. Prete has presented at many national conferences, including the National Association of Pastoral Musicians conference, the Mid-Atlantic Congress and the Los Angeles Liturgical Conference.
Dr. Katherine F. DeVries
Dr. Kate DeVries is Director of Pastoral Ministries for St. Francis Xavier Church in LaGrange, Ill. Formerly, she co-directed the archdiocesan Young Adult Ministry Office in Chicago, and previously served as a special education teacher for high school and junior high students with severe behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. Dr. DeVries is co-author of “The Basic Guide to Young Adult Ministry,” published by Orbis.
3-23 Answering the Most Frequent General Questions About the Death Penalty
Dale and Susan Recinella will begin by sharing their answers to the general questions most frequently directed to them about the death penalty and death row/execution ministry: “The two of you have spent many ‘execution weeks’ with the condemned and their families. What’s that like?” “You also minister in solitary confinement. How is death row similar and different from solitary confinement?” “Together, you’ve tried to raise awareness about criminalization of the mentally ill. What’s going on with that issue?” A significant portion of the time will be spent answering audience questions from the floor.
Dale S. Recinella, JD, MTS
Dale Recinella has served for 20 years as a spiritual counselor and Catholic Correctional Chaplain to the 400-plus men on Florida’s death row and 2,000 men in long-term solitary. He and his wife have ministered as a team during executions: he as spiritual advisor to the condemned, she as lay minister to the condemned’s family. Dale is a national and international speaker, appears frequently on Vatican Radio and on domestic and European radio, and is author of the forthcoming book, “When We Visit Jesus in Prison.”
Susan M. Recinella, PsyD
Dr. Susan Recinella served in volunteer ministry to families of the executed for 14 years, especially during the week of execution and on the final day. She has worked as a licensed clinical psychologist since 1991 in outpatient and inpatient settings. She serves as Clinical Psychologist and Director of Intern Training at the Florida State University Counseling Center in Tallahassee. Susan has worked as a Director of Training for the last 11 years in pre-doctoral programs and is an international/national speaker on ministering to the families of the executed.
3-24 Pope Francis: A Two-Year Evaluation
In this workshop, we will take a look at what impact Pope Francis has had on the church and the world during his first two years in office. What can we expect from him in the coming years?
Rev. Thomas J. Reese, SJ
Jesuit priest Fr. Thomas Reese is a Senior Analyst at the National Catholic Reporter. From 2006-13 he was senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, and from 1998-2005 he was editor of America magazine. Fr. Reese is author or editor of five books, is often quoted in the press and frequently appears on television and radio discussing Catholic issues. Each year he gives numerous parish and university talks across the country.
3-25 Think Outside of the Pew
It’s great when our young people are involved in the life of our church and ministries. Their spirit and energy are examples of the living Gospel. But what can we do to reach out to those who do not know the relevance of our faith? How can we respond effectively to their needs? This workshop will help you expand your ministry and reach young people of many different walks of life. You will walk away with 10 strategies to implement right away. Watch as young people and families want to be involved. This approach may be easier than you think, and the resources you need can be found from teens themselves. Come ready to enjoy and be inspired. Plus, discover ways to include grandparents!
Anna Scally, President of Cornerstone Media, has received the National Youth Ministry Performer, Artist and Author of the Year Award from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry. Her most recent book is “Keys to Happiness,” and she is a columnist for Cornerstone Media’s Top Music Countdown and host of their audio show, “Burning Issues.” 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 throughout North America.
3-26 Happiness, Suffering and the Love of God
Three critical questions stand at the heart of our young people’s faith decision: What will truly make me happy? Why would an all-loving God allow suffering? How can I transform suffering into happiness? Religious educators will recognize that these questions can severely inhibit faith – or help us grow in faith – depending on our perspective. Fr. Robert Spitzer will speak about some tested ways of dealing with these questions so that they will lead not to darkness but the light of Christ. He will also discuss his new trilogy: Happiness, Suffering and the Love of God.
Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, SJ, PhD
Jesuit priest Fr. Robert Spitzer is currently President of the Magis Institute and the Spitzer Center, located in Irvine, Calif. He was President of Gonzaga University from 1998-2009, and has published five books and many scholarly articles for which he has won awards. Fr. Spitzer presents over 90 lectures per year at universities and to corporate boards, priests conferences and other Catholic academic meetings in the United States, Canada, Europe and Hong Kong.
3-27 Teaching Children with Autism in a Typical Classroom – Best Practice Methods and Strategies to Consider
Approximately 1 in every 66 births each day is a child with autism. Many of these children are entering Catholic schools for its strong teaching and safe and predictable structure. Deacon Lawrence Sutton, a clinical and school psychologist, will outline what autism is and is not, while providing best practice strategies and methods of identifying – particularly the more difficult to recognize higher functioning child – and working with these children in a typical classroom. He will review ways to help address and manage classroom meltdowns and hand stimming, and methods to routinely shape in and utilize desired replacement behaviors in a typical classroom.
Deacon Lawrence R. Sutton, PhD
Dr. Lawrence Sutton is a licensed psychologist and former Manager of the Western Region Office of Bureau of Autism in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is currently Director of the Pre-Theology Formation at St. Vincent Seminary in Pittsburgh, where he also teaches pastoral counseling. As a deacon in the Pittsburgh Diocese, he developed and conducts the sacramental preparation and religious education program for children/adolescents touched by autism.
3-70 Nhận ra ơn Chúa cho người Công Giáo Việt để biết mình là ai và cần làm gì
Tìm hiểu những nét đẹp của văn hóa Việt, những ân huệ thiêng liêng và những hoa trái phát sinh từ đó, đặc biệt trong đời sống các Anh Hùng Tử Đạo Việt Nam, để cảm tạ Chúa và cố gắng duy trì và phát triển chúng, cũng như cùng đóng góp cho Giáo Hội và xã hội.
RECOGNIZING GOD’S GRACES FOR VIETNAMESE CATHOLICS SO THAT WE MAY KNOW WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO
God has bestowed special graces on Vietnamese Catholics, as the Vietnamese martyrs have exemplified. We reflect on our cultural and spiritual graces, plus their fruits in our lives today, for us to know what to give thanks for, to preserve, and to develop for ourselves and our neighbors.
Rev. Giuse Nguyễn Việt Hưng, ICM
LM Giuse Nguyễn Việt Hưng thụ phong linh mục năm 1969 tại Việt Nam, dậy Chủng viện Thánh Lê văn Phụng thuộc giáo phận Long Xuyên, và làm cha sở giáo xứ Thánh Antôn Padua & Lê văn Phụng tại Baton Rouge. Hiện nay Ngài là chủ tịch Ủy ban Giáo Lý Việt Nam tại Hoa Kỳ, đồng thời là Tổng Phụ Trách Tu Hội Nhập Thể Tận Hiến Truyền Giáo.
Rev. Joseph Hung Viet Nguyen, ICM
Rev. Joseph Hung Viet Nguyen was ordained in 1969, taught at St. Le-van-Phung Seminary in Vietnam, and was Pastor at St Anthony of Padua & Le Van Phung Parish in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is Chair of the Vietnamese Catechetical Committee in the USA and Superior General of the religious congregation Incarnatio Consecratio Missio (ICM).
Prof. Lê Xuân Hy, PhD
Tiến sĩ Lê X. Hy dậy tâm lý và thần học mục vụ, và làm giám đốc chương trình Công Giáo Học cũng như Viện Phát Triền Nhân Cách tại Seattle University. Chương trình Chuyên Viên Fulbright Cao Cấp gửi ông qua phục vụ bên Đất Thánh.
Prof. Le Xuan Hy, PhD
Prof. Lê Xuân Hy teaches psychology and pastoral theology, directs the Catholic Studies Program, heads the Institute for Human Development, and holds the Rev. Louis Gaffney SJ Endowed Chair at Seattle University. He served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to Israel.