English Speakers

Kathy Almazol

Kathy Almazol is a Senior Advisor Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Faith Formation. A Panel of catechists and teachers who use this program throughout the liturgical season. She has served the Diocese of San Jose as teacher, administrator and superintendent of schools during her 38year tenure. She is currently assisting the MCAE in sharing this faith formation program for our students, families, catechists and teachers in this diocese and beyond.


Session 301 
Introducing Build. Plant. Grow. 

Build. Plant. Grow is a free faith formation program for schools, parishes, and families. Engaging lesson plans pair scriptural readings with children’s literature to promote the spiritual and character development of children ages 5 -13. 

Leisa Anslinger

Leisa Anslinger is the Director of Catholic Life and Faith, a pastoral resource center supporting parish and diocesan evangelization and stewardship leaders. Leisa brings extensive experience in Catholic parishes and schools to her ministry as an author and speaker. Leisa has been trained to help you delve into the study findings and implications for Catholic parishes and apply them to the life of your faith community through an interactive process with other leaders.


Young Prophetic Vision – Thursday Session 
Is Your Parish Ready to Grow Young?

What do parishes that intentionally engage their young people have in common? What can we learn from their experience? These are the questions that were asked in a qualitative study led by a team at the Fuller Youth Institute. By sifting through over 10,000 pages of survey, interview, and in-person visit transcripts, the people at FYI have identified six core commitments your parish can make to better involve and retain young people.

Andrés Arango

Andrés Arango es el delegado del obispo para el ministerio hispano y director de evangelización en la diócesis de Camden, New Jersey. Ha servido en diversos ministerios de la Renovación Carismática Católica desde 1995, incluyendo dos turnos como presidente del Comité Nacional de la Renovación Carismática Católica en los Estados Unidos y Canadá. Originario de Colombia, se trasladó a los Estados Unidos en 2001. Arango es presidente del Consejo Carismático Católico Latinoamericano y es consultor del Subcomité de Asuntos Hispanos de USCCB. Tiene un Masters en estudios teológicos de Franciscan School of Theology. Él y su esposa, Kathia, son ministros laicos activos que enseñan y predican en retiros y conferencias por todo el mundo. Viven en New Jersey con su familia. Andrés Arango was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia. Since 1995 he has been serving in different ministries in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. In 2001, he moved to live in the United States. Andrés serves as the Bishop’s Delegate for Hispanic Ministry and Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. He was for two terms the Chairman of the National Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Renewal Executive Committee in the United States and Canada. Currently, he is the Vice-president of CONCCLAT (Latin-American Catholic Charismatic Council). Andrés also serves as a counselor member of ICCRS (International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services) and consultant to the Subcommittee on Hispanics Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Andrés and his wife Kathia have been active lay ministers, teaching and preaching at retreats and conferences in a national and international level. They are also the proud parents of twin daughters, Giovanna and Nicole. Andrés has a Master of Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology (Berkeley, California). He is the author of Renovación Carismática Católica, Con Poder: La Experiencia de Pentecostés (With Power… The Experience of Pentecost), 2009 and coauthor with his wife of Sean Mis Testigos (Be My Witnesses), 2017.


Session 8-02
Missionary Disciples in the New Evangelization

Our essential mission is evangelization. We are invited always to share the love and presence of Jesus. “The new evangelization calls for personal involvement of each of the baptized… We are missionary disciples” proclaimed Pope Francis in The Joy of the Gospel. This workshop introduces a renewed understanding of Catholic Evangelization providing helpful tips of how to use our gifts to be more active in the process of evangelization. The whole dynamic of the workshop will be focused on the invitation to have a constant personal encounter with Jesus, which empower us to be missionary disciples, witnesses of God’s love. (Witness) 

Skip Bacon 

Skip Bacon has served as a catechetical leader for more than 15 years with her areas of focus including whole parish catechesis, Hispanic ministry, and adult faith formation. Skip Bacon earned a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame and is a certified lay minister. Skip has also spent a good deal of her career working in Catholic publishing and currently works with Sadlier serving northern California.

Session 5-01
Forming Families of Faith; Tools of Catechesis for the Domestic Church

The domestic church of the family is a model for all we do and are as church. It is also our primary model for catechesis; the way we pass on our faith. During this workshop we will identify ways in which your community already empowers families as the domestic church and explore ways for strengthening your current means of empowerment. We will also discuss new tools of forming families of faith; from technology to Scripture, ancient wisdom to good food!

Sponsor William H. Sadler Inc.

Laura Barker 

Laura Barker has been teaching the hearts and minds of young people for more than 20 years. She earned two teaching credentials from Santa Clara University in elementary and secondary education, and also holds credentials in preschool education. Laura is also a graduate of the Institute for Leaders in Ministry Program of the Diocese of San Jose. Laura currently works for Saint Simon Parish School in Los Altos on developing Outreach and Social Justice programs for the students in kindergarten through eighth grade. She is active on issues related to the environment, and is a member of the Diocese of San Jose Stewards of Our Common Home, a committee devoted to environmental justice. Prior to her career in education, Laura worked for the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C., and in industry. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in Art History. In her free time she can be found biking, running, swimming, hiking and discovering all manner of flora and fauna in North Lake Tahoe, California.


Session 3-02
Implementing Laudato Si’ in the Primary Classroom

This session will provide an overview of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home and its implications for teaching primary grade students in school and faith formation. The session will also review current CA state standards on Environmental Principles and Concepts and how this relates to our Catholic values of social justice. The session will also provide concrete examples and resources to incorporate into lesson plans across multiple subjects. Finally, the session will motivate participants to be a witness and to take a leadership position on caring for God’s creation. 

Ana Barraza

Ana Barraza, who recently moved from Texas to the Diocese of Sacramento, CA has been involved in ministry for over 25 years as a catechist, youth minister, music minister, and retreat director for youth and adults. Ana has presented workshops at different diocesan and national conferences in English, Spanish, and bilingually. As a previous member of the Youth Ministry Formation Team for the Diocese of Las Cruces, NM, she trained youth ministry teams in the planning and execution of programs. Together with her husband, she served as the Co-Director of Confirmation and Youth Ministry in their previous parish. Ana has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. She uses both her personal wisdom of being a mother of three teens and a wife for over 20 years, as well as her pastoral experience to teach creative ways to help children and young people grow in their spiritual life. Ana is a firm believer of the richness in cultural diversity.


Session 4-01 
Faith Formation for Special Needs: Basic Principles

A walk through the Church documents that have shaped the catechesis and evangelization of persons with disabilities. Learn different learning modalities, and of the many resources for your Special Needs ministry.

Sponsor Loyola Press

Rosanne Belpedio, CSJ 

Rosanne Belpedio, CSJ has served in Liturgy and Catechesis ministry in several dioceses in California and Talca, Chile. Her area of concentration has been in the sacraments of Initiation. At the present time she serves as Director of the Office for Worship in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


Session 7-15 
Let the Rite Speak 

Parents and godparents need some coaching in how to enter more consciously into the celebration of infant baptism. Parish leaders can help them do this with some simple but focused reflection on the distinct moments of this sacramental liturgy. This workshop will offer some suggested activities to do with parents and godparents to raise their awareness about the meaning of Baptism in their own lives and the implications for the faith life of the baby to be baptized.

 

  

Fr. Chris Bennett

Fr. Chris Bennett is the pastor of St. Christopher Parish in the Diocese of San Jose. He also serves as the Chair of the Diocese of San Jose Art and Environment Committee and designs the art and environment for major Diocesan liturgies. Additionally, Fr. Chris is the lead art and environment designer for all Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference liturgical offerings.


Session 2-16 
How Green is Green

How to maintaining an appropriate environment, through the use of signs, symbols and rituals in Ordinary Time. Utilizing seasonal traditions of the liturgical year.

Session 6-16 
Is Your Liturgical Environment Alive or is it on Life Support

In every Church building, art and architecture become the joint work of the Holy Spirit and the local community. They come together in order to prepare a place to receive God’s word in Scripture and Eucharist. Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship. Changing the liturgical environment for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany, Lent/Triduum/Easter seasons the goal is to create an environment in the church that enhances prayer and worship according to the liturgical times and seasons, and in harmony with Church guidelines.

  

Laura Bertone

Laura Bertone is the Director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. A San Francisco native, Laura was raised in Marin County, and graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a degree in Accounting. Following a successful career in banking, including many years spent working abroad, Laura received a Masters in Theological Studies from the University of Notre Dame with an emphasis in Liturgical Studies. While Laura is responsible for planning large liturgical events and renewing sacramental policies in San Francisco, her favorite role is the training of liturgical ministers and permanent deacons on the Archdiocese.


Session 6-15
Preparing Confirmation Liturgies 

How can we make Confirmation Liturgies encourage the full, active and conscious participation of all involved – but especially the confirmands? We will discuss the new Ritual and areas within the Mass that allow for creativity and interaction with the confirmands, their sponsors and families so that it is a ritual mass and not a Graduation from Church.

 

Nancy Bird

Nancy Bird has been involved in religious education as a catechist, parish catechetical leader and youth minister. She combines practical experience, creativity and motivational enthusiasm to energize those called to embrace and live their Baptism joyfully. Nancy has been a featured speaker, workshop presenter and retreat facilitator across the US and Canada. Presently she serves as Director of Training and Professional Development for RCL Benziger Religion Publishing Company, resides in Tallmadge Ohio and continues to be a volunteer catechist.


Session 3-03
Disciple Power: Nurturing Young Disciples to Put Their Faith into Action 

What can we do to foster the spiritual development of adolescents? What can we do to help them develop skills, practice habits and strengthen their faith to live as disciples of Jesus in today’s world? Join us for a lively and practical workshop to help your learners grow in their relationship with Jesus, accept the demands of discipleship, and choose each day to live as disciples!


Session 8-03 
4 Secrets of the Spirituality of Self Care – Wellness for Ministers

Those who minister to others are constantly challenged to find the balance between nurturing others and finding time to care for ourselves. How then do we justify setting time aside for self-care? Yet, Jesus himself took time to renew, replenish, and rejuvenate. Self-care is not selfish. It is an opportunity to explore wellness as a way of life for leaders and embrace the spirituality of self-care that can lead to more joy in ministry.

Sponsor RCL BENZIGER 

Kathryn Bojczyk, Ph.D.

Kathryn Bojczyk, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Bojczyk earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University in Developmental Studies and has over 10 years of experience teaching courses such as Human Growth and Development, Educational Psychology, and Early Childhood Curriculum and instruction courses. Additionally, Dr. Bojczyk has conducted numerous professional development workshops for Catholic schools on the topics of human development, cultural diversity, and family engagement. Dr. Bojczyk is an active Catechist in her home parish in the Archdiocese of Washington and has over 10 years of experience teaching catechism to students in pre-kindergarten through second grade. She has conducted research related to teacher self-efficacy regarding the teaching of religion. She has also been published in rigorous early childhood education journals including Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Early Childhood Education Journal, Early Child Development and Care, and Journal of Family Diversity.


Session 2-02
Faith Nurtured Early Lasts a Lifetime: Introduction to Early Childhood Faith Formation

Through early childhood faith formation, young children (ages 3-5) develop in their awareness of God and lay the foundation for a loving, personal relationship with God. Contrary to popular belief, early childhood faith formation is much more than just “fun and games” but involves a process of inviting children to experience God in concrete, age-appropriate ways. In this presentation, Dr. Kathryn Bojzcyk will take catechists inside the minds and hearts of children ages 3-5, will introduce basic principles of early childhood faith formation, and will identify strategies for effective learning at the early childhood level in order to nurture a faith that will last a lifetime.

Session 7-02
Faith Nurtured Early Lasts a Lifetime: Introduction to Early Childhood Faith Formation

Through early childhood faith formation, young children (ages 3-5) develop in their awareness of God and lay the foundation for a loving, personal relationship with God. Contrary to popular belief, early childhood faith formation is much more than just “fun and games” but involves a process of inviting children to experience God in concrete, age-appropriate ways. In this presentation, Dr. Kathryn Bojzcyk will take catechists inside the minds and hearts of children ages 3-5, will introduce basic principles of early childhood faith formation, and will identify strategies for effective learning at the early childhood level in order to nurture a faith that will last a lifetime.

Sponsor Loyola Press

Fr. Kenneth Boyack, CSP

Father Kenneth Boyack, CSP, is Vice President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries in Washington, DC. He earned an MA in Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Catholic University of America. Fr. Boyack has authored, co-authored, or edited 17 books and, most recently, led a team to develop Living the Eucharist, a national ministry that equips Catholics to encounter Christ more powerfully in the Eucharist and grow as missionary disciples. Fr. Boyack enjoys serving on weekends at Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish in Owings, Maryland.


Session 2-03
Experience the Joy of Growing as a Missionary Disciple Through Participating in Sunday Mass

Participating in Mass enables Catholics to grow in holiness and missionary zeal. This presentation will highlight ways to prepare for Mass, enter more fully into the celebration, and leave Mass committed to “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.” The presentation will include an overview of Living the Eucharist, a Lenten spiritual renewal ministry that helps Catholics experience the joy of the Gospel through coming to know the risen Christ more personally in the Eucharist.

Session 5-02
Share Your Faith: Help Others Come Alive in Christ

This presentation will highlight key elements that equip Catholics to share their personal experience of faith in a powerful and effective way. The elements include the motivation to share faith, the content of the sharing, skills needed to communicate the Gospel effectively, and recognizing and overcoming fears. Participants will engage in a process of developing their own story of faith and discover how their faith is strengthened through sharing with others.

Sponsor Paulist Evangelization

Sr. Simone Campbell

Sister Simone Campbell is the Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice – a federal advocacy organization founded by Catholic Sisters to lobby in Washington, D.C. for policies that mend the gaps in income and wealth in the United States. She has led six cross-country “Nuns on the Bus” trips focused on tax justice, healthcare, economic justice, comprehensive immigration reform, voter turnout, bridging divides in politics and society, and mending the gaps. Sister Simone Campbell wrote the famous “Nuns’ Letter,” considered by many as critically important in convincing Congress to support the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and is the author of “A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community,” published by HarperCollins. She has received numerous awards, spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is a religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change.


Session 1-02
Hunger for Hope

Pope Francis challenges us to new forms of holiness in the 21st century. In the process we discover that hope is a communal virtue anchored in the beatitudes. Dare we risk responding to this challenge?


English Keynote Session 8-01
Prophetic Communities and the Common Good.

In turbulent times we are called to Gospel engagement that is rooted in reflective prayer and grounded in encounter that breaks our hearts, changes our perspectives and our society.

Paul Canavese

Paul Canavese is the director of The Pastoral Center and its Growing Up Catholic ministry, along with his wife Ann. They live with their two daughters and five chickens in Alameda, CA, where they operate a mini-urban farm and look for creative ways to build community in their neighborhood. Paul has his MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology (then in Berkeley), and is the author of Living the Good Life: Parent Small Group Sessions on Catholic Morality and author or editor of dozens of other practical pastoral resources.


Session 2-04
Stop the Stampede: How Engaging Parents Can Keep Kids in the Church

Do you have fewer families than you used to? How many do you still see at Mass after baptism, first Eucharist or confirmation? And how many of these children will we see as they enter adulthood? Study after study identifies parents as the most important factor in whether children will remain Catholic. Today the church needs us to become influencers who can convince parents why Mass and our faith has value. Learn how to speak their language, harness their motivations, and coach them to share faith with their children. Gain strategies and tools for attracting and influencing parents—especially around the touch point of First Eucharist—so Christ and the church can make a real difference in their lives.


Session 4-02
Whole Family Catechesis 101: How to Instill Faith that Lasts a Lifetime 

The church teaches that parents are the primary educators of their children, but we generally foster a formation model in which parents outsource this responsibility to pass on faith to the parish or school. And it is not working. But hope is not lost! In fact, we already know what works. This talk highlights practical ways parishes and schools can evangelize, engage, and coach parents to embrace their essential role. We will explore key methodologies and specific tools you can put to use right away at each step of the faith formation process, from baptism through confirmation… and beyond.

Session 7-03
Stop the Stampede: How Engaging Parents Can Keep Kids in the Church

Do you have fewer families than you used to? How many do you still see at Mass after baptism, first Eucharist or confirmation? And how many of these children will we see as they enter adulthood? Study after study identifies parents as the most important factor in whether children will remain Catholic. Today the church needs us to become influencers who can convince parents why Mass and our faith has value. Learn how to speak their language, harness their motivations, and coach them to share faith with their children. Gain strategies and tools for attracting and influencing parents—especially around the touch point of First Eucharist—so Christ and the church can make a real difference in their lives.

Session 8-04
Whole Family Catechesis 101: How to Instill Faith that Lasts a Lifetime

The church teaches that parents are the primary educators of their children, but we generally foster a formation model in which parents outsource this responsibility to pass on faith to the parish or school. And it is not working. But hope is not lost! In fact, we already know what works. This talk highlights practical ways parishes and schools can evangelize, engage, and coach parents to embrace their essential role. We will explore key methodologies and specific tools you can put to use right away at each step of the faith formation process, from baptism through confirmation… and beyond.

Sponsor The Pastoral Center

Nancy Chinn

Nancy Chinn has a long career of making art for sacred spaces for many denominations and large events. Her work emphasizes group participation and personal engagement from the viewer, often calling forth diverse responses from their hearts. Long ago she wrote Spaces For Spirit, and has written many articles for publications on aspects of art and spirituality. Today she leads a quiet life creating clay sculptures and occasionally painting.


Session 3-16 
Holy Play, Act 1

By drawing on puzzle pieces we will create an image of the beauty of diversity to create a whole image that is delightful and astonishing. This technique is easily adaptable to many group experiences. (Hands on art project – limited space) 

Session 4-16
Holy Play, Act 2 (Part 1 of a 2 hour session) 

If you can print your name, you can do this. Participants will produce their own banner by learning to use a knife to cut patterns in paper that create a light filled image. Material cost of $xx includes paper, (2 1/2′ x 4′) pattern, dowel and knife. This project can be shared by up to three people per banner. Those interested can stay past the working time to discuss creating larger projects.(Hands on art project – limited space)

Session 5-16
Holy Play, Act 2 (Part 2 of a 2) 

If you can print your name, you can do this. Participants will produce their own banner by learning to use a knife to cut patterns in paper that create a light filled image. Material cost of $xx includes paper, (2 1/2′ x 4′) pattern, dowel and knife. This project can be shared by up to three people per banner. Those interested can stay past the working time to discuss creating larger projects.(Hands on art project – limited space)

John Collins

John Collins is a National Religion Consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Worcester State University and a Masters of Education in computer curriculum and instruction from Lesley University, both in Massachusetts. He received his administrative license through the Massachusetts Elementary Schools Principals’ Association and is certified as a Coordinator of Religious Education. Over the span of his career, he has been an elementary school teacher, director of curricula and instruction, elementary school principal, and a long-time catechist and DRE. John has been involved with religious education in various capacities since 1972. He has presented to both catechetical leaders and Catholic school teachers at many workshops and conferences in numerous dioceses. John’s presentations are practical and engaging, and include hands-on activities for catechists that can be used the next day in class. He provides quick tips, practical ideas, and strategies that will help catechists and teachers engage students as they learn more about their Catholic faith. Invite John to your parish, school, or diocesan event for an enlivening approach to making catechesis come alive in a simple, direct way filled with ideas and advice for immediate implementation.


Session 2-05   
Faith Formation Ideas, Activities, and Strategies with a Middle Grade Mindset 

Despite the challenges (and opportunities) at this age level, students need (and want) to be engaged in learning, even though behaviors and attitudes may indicate they don’t want to be there. It’s not about reading a text, but providing an environment and experiences in which young people learn about their Catholic Identity…from you. You, the catechist, are the one who can make a difference. They don’t need another “BFF”, but they do need a witness to the Catholic faith. This session will provide suggestions, ideas, and strategies for faith formation with middle grade students in mind.

Session 4-03   
Parent Involvement in Faith Formation  

Not all parents take on their role as primary educators of the faith; unfortunately many do not have the capacity to talk about, model, and witness their faith with their children. They need faith formation too! In our programs we continue to nurture growth in faith in our students, but we can also consider opportunities to support parents and families…nurturing their growth along with their children as the primary educators of the faith in the home. It all depends on “how” we do “what” we do. In this session, John will share some ideas and suggestions for re-thinking what we do to involve and engage parents in their child’s faith formation. We need to take advantage of opportunities!

Sponsor William H. Sadlier, Inc. 

Deacon Modesto Cordero (Co-present with Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy)

Deacon Modesto R. Cordero, MA, MPT Deacon Modesto Cordero is the Director for the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Honolulu, where he has worked since September of 2012. Before his appointment to the Office for Worship, Deacon Modesto was the Adult Faith Formation Coordinator for the diocese for three years. He is been the coordinator for the RCIA process at St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church since 2007. He earned his first Master Degree in Arts (Communication) at the University of Northern Colorado in 1992 and the second Master Degree in Pastoral Theology from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 2015. He is an adjunct instructor for Chaminade University of Honolulu and Wayland Baptist University where he teaches courses in Public Speaking and Communications. Born and raised Catholic – in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean in the Island of Puerto Rico, as a child he was always attracted to do God’s work. He was ordained a Deacon in February 2007. Deacon Modesto has been happily married for the last 33 years and has three daughters. He loves speaking and working with people and enjoys bringing the Word to all God’s children.


Session 5-15  
Called to be collaborators in the vineyard of the Lord: Liturgists, catechists, and musicians working together in the celebration of the Holy Mass 

The liturgy is the best expression of the faith of the Christian community. It is in her that we celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ. The preparation and celebration of the Holy Mass require the work of many people (liturgists, catechists, musicians, cleric among others). We ask ourselves, how can the catechist, the liturgist and the musicians collaborate in the preparations for the Holy Mass? In this workshop, we will study the importance of working together with these ministers of the Church to achieve a better formation and celebration of the incomprehensible Mystery of God.

Terry Cotting-Mogan

Terry Cotting-Mogan is currently the Pflaum Publishing Group’s Western Regional Manager, Ms Cotting-Mogan has 40 years in catechetical, campus, family, and youth/youth adult ministries at the parish, school, and diocesan levels. She has spoken at numerous events at diocesan and national levels. She earned a BA from Marquette University, a MS from Cardinal Stritch College, both of Milwaukee WI, and an Advanced Studies Certificate in Youth Ministry Training from St Mary’s University, Baltimore MD


Session 3-05
The Classroom Teacher as a Missionary Disciple 

The goal of most subjects taught by a classroom teacher is to pass on facts. While passing on facts in your Religion class is important the goal here is to form practicing Catholics. Come explore practical ways that you can be a missionary disciple helping to evangelize your students and their families.

Session 7-04
The Spirit of a Missionary Disciple 

A Missionary Disciple evangelizes in order to form practicing Catholics. This is the goal of all ministries. Come explore practical ways that you can embody the spirit of a missionary disciple in your role as a catechist.

Sponsor Pflaum Publishing  

Maria Covarrubias

 María G. Covarrubias is currently a Sadlier Consultant and the director of the Office of Catechetical Ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino, CA, with 24 years of professional catechetical experience in parishes and dioceses. María’s education includes a double associate of arts degree in child development and liberal arts, a bachelor of arts degree in hispanic history and the Spanish language, and a master’s degree in religious studies from the University of Mount St. Mary’s in Los Angeles, CA. María offers keynote presentations, workshops, and retreats on a variety of topics, including catechesis, inculturation, catechist formation, leadership, spirituality, marriage, and family


Session 3-04 
The Art of Accompaniment

Usually art expresses who the artist is, feels and thinks. The Art of Accompaniment in our faith is a sacred life-giving dynamic where the fragrance of Christ closeness and his personal gaze is experienced. In the road to Emmaus, Jesus teaches us the model of accompaniment that caused for the disciples’ eyes to be opened. Come and join in deepening the understanding of what Pope Francis is urgently callings us in this art accompaniment and learn key aspects of accompanying others in their faith journey.

 Sponsor William H. Sadlier, Inc. 

Jared Dees

Jared Dees is the creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, which provides practical resources and effective teaching strategies to religious educators. He is the author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach, Praying the Angelus, and Christ in the Classroom. Dees lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and four daughters.


Session 2-06
How to Teach Faith with Fiction

People learn best through story. This is why Jesus preached with parables. Likewise, young people enjoy reading fiction today much more than their textbooks. So, how do we help teach them to have faith using the stories they love most? Using ideas from novels, short stories, fables, parables, and other forms of fiction, Jared Dees will offer a series of strategies to connect fiction with faith formation. (Witness)

Session 5-03  
Catechetical Lesson Planning for the Heart and Mind

To be effective as religious educators, we must inspire students not only to learn about God, but also to learn to love God. This makes catechetical lesson plans different from teaching anything else. Using a system he calls Lectio Divina Lesson Planning, Jared Dees will guide workshop attendees through a process of teaching the head and touching the heart.

Sponsor Ave Maria Press

Carol Dempsey, OP, PhD.

Carol J. Dempsey, OP, Ph.D. is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Portland, OR. She holds a BA from Caldwell College, NJ, an MA from St. Louis University, MO, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where she studied both Old and New Testament and biblical languages. She was a research fellow at Yale University from 1986-1989. Carol is the author of 8 books: The Bible and Literature (2015, Orbis Books); Amos, Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk (2013, Liturgical Press); Reading the Bible, Transforming Conflict (2011, Orbis Books); Isaiah: God’s Poet of Light” (2010, Chalice Press); Justice: A Biblical Perspective (2008, Chalice Press); Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth (2007, Liturgical Press); The Prophets: A Liberation Critical Reading (2000, Fortress Press), and Hope Amid the Ruins: The Ethics of Israel’s Prophets (2000, Chalice Press). She is also the editor of 10 books, the latest of which include: “Micah,” “Haggai and Malachi,” “Baruch and the Letter of Jeremiah,” all in the Wisdom Bible Commentary Series being published by Liturgical Press (2015),“Why? . . .How Long?”Studies on Voice(s) of Lamentation Rooted in Biblical Hebrew Poetry (2014, T. & T. Clark); Daughter Zion: Her Portrait, Her Response (2012, Society of Biblical Literature: Ancient Israel and Its Literature, No. 13). She was also one of the General Editors for the new Paulist Bible Commentary just published in 2018. Carol edited almost all of the books on the Prophets and wrote, Isaiah, the Prophets, and Habakkuk. Her is currently working on four book manuscripts: Isaiah 1-39: Berit Olam Series: Studies in Hebrew Poetry (Liturgical Press); Isaiah: Wisdom Commentary Series (Liturgical Press); and two books for a new series entitled Dispatches from the New Diaspora. Her books will include Moving Beyond Anthropocentrism: What It Means to Be Catholic in the New Diaspora (Lexington/Fortress Books) and Heat, Hunger, and Hurricanes: Global Climate Change (co-edited collection of essays; Lexington/Fortress Press). Working with a host of international scholars, Carol is also one of three main editors for The Wisdom Commentary Series, a 58-volume project that involves voices from both developed, developing, and third world nations. Carol is editing 10 individual books on Prophets. These volumes began appearing in 2015. She was also a biblical and theological consultant on the recent Columbia River Pastoral. Carol is an Associate Editor for Old Testament Abstracts, for The Catholic Biblical Quarterly. The former Vice-President of the National College Theology Society, Carol has published numerous articles in the area of prophets, biblical theology, ecology, biblical ethics, and feminist and gender studies in scholarly journals as well as in scholarly books of collected essays. She has delivered more than 70 scholarly papers at national and international professional conferences, has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally for various colleges, universities and other groups. She has been an examiner on several national and international Ph.D defence boards. In 2001 she was the recipient of the University of Portland’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship and was named National Regional Scholar in 1997 by the Society of Biblical Literature. Carol teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Portland and has been a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) for 43 years.


Thursday Session 9 am – 5 pm  
Celebrating Women in the Scriptures 

Who are some of the prominent biblical women in the Bible? Who are those who are less known? How are we to understand them? Who has shaped their stories, their voices? On the one hand, how do the descriptions, stories, and portraits of biblical women contribute to oppression, patriarchy, discrimination in our globalized world today, and on the other hand, serve as sources for liberation for women today? This workshop is an invitation to explore these and other topics as we read biblical texts “against the grain” in a time when women everywhere continue to struggle with inequality, essentialism, and discrimination. Come and enjoy new avenues of thought as we move forward together in this Twenty-first Century.

Pamela Hardiman

Pamela T Hardiman is a liturgical fiber artist who pieces fabrics from around the globe and paints on silk to create banners, vestments and paraments for churches, schools, and hospitals across the US and internationally. She is co-author of the LTP book, “Raise the Banners High!”. Pam divides her time between her sewing studio in CT and painting studio in VT.


Session 7-16  
Simple Painted Silk Ribbon Banners 

Learn how to highlight and accentuate movement in your liturgies with a simple banner you will make during this workshop. At the end of the workshop, you will come away with a 6’ long ribbon banner and the skills to teach others to do so. Learn how to use fabric paint on silk ribbon to create one ribbon that is both personal and seasonal. Combine with other seasonal colors and attach to a 4’ dowel for a beautiful, flowing piece of moveable art. While our paint dries, we will learn how to move with the banners and discuss ideas for using in liturgy. We will plan to use the banners in the closing prayer service at the end of the day. NOTE: 2 hour session – limited to 35 participants.

Session 8-16  
Using Processional Banners in Liturgy: What, How, and Why

Children of all ages understand that Banners = Celebration. From the bored baby in the stroller whose face lights up, to the teen excited to carry one, banners can add another dimension to liturgical celebration. Learn about different types of banners, how they can be used in liturgy, and why they are a good idea. (Worship)

Sponsor 

Lori Harris

Lori Harris hangs with Cardinals and homeless, Pentecostals, transvestites, politicians, from babies to the ancient, liberals, conservatives, intellectuals and sistas in the hood. She talks the talk and walks the walk. She and her husband Alan are US Directors of Youth With A Mission’s Catholic ecumenical arm, Kerygma. Lori is a full time Lay Missionary and mother of seven. She teaches on a variety of topics connected to discipleship, missions and Catholic spirituality.


Session 4-04
Becoming Daniels in Babylon 

Tired of being “the only one”? We live in a pagan, secular world, surrounded everywhere by those who claim to be Catholic and Christian. What does it mean to live out your faith and be unafraid of the consequences? Become the hands and feet of Jesus for those who don’t know He loves them. Raise the standard. (Word)

Session 5-04
Is That Really You God?” A guide to Prayer and Hearing God’s Voice 

Help your students grow in their faith by learning how to discern His voice. Effective examples and ways to hear the voice of God and then learn to obey what He says. To have a relationship with God you need to listen. (Word)

Sponsor Kerygama 

Bob Hurd

Bob Hurd has served as a teacher, composer and liturgist in various pastoral and academic settings. He currently teaches in the summer program of Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry. His liturgical music is published by OCP and is featured in numerous hymnals in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. Bob’s articles have appeared in numerous journals, and has contributed to two books: That They Might Have Life: Power, Empowerment and Leadership in the Church (Crossroads, 1991) and The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality (Michael Downey/Liturgical Press). He has a doctorate from De Paul University in Chicago.


Session 4-05  
Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People: Exploring the Spirituality of the Liturgy 

At every celebration of the Eucharist, the compassionate Christ gathers us to himself through the bread of the Word and the bread of the Eucharist. All this, so that we can become and enact his compassionate presence in our world today. Bob’s presentation shows how this spirituality shapes the liturgy and explores how our various ministries—music-making, presiding, proclamation of the scriptures—can better serve it. (Worship)

Session 7-05
Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People: Exploring the Spirituality of the Liturgy 

At every celebration of the Eucharist, the compassionate Christ gathers us to himself through the bread of the Word and the bread of the Eucharist. All this, so that we can become and enact his compassionate presence in our world today. Bob’s presentation shows how this spirituality shapes the liturgy and explores how our various ministries—music-making, presiding, proclamation of the scriptures—can better serve it. (Worship)

Sponsor OCP 

Fr. Thomas Kane, CSP 

Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Kane, CSP, a Paulist priest, is an internationally known ritual maker, videographer and bridge builder. His research interests include the area of arts, communication, liturgy and culture. Dr. Kane studied contemporary worship and celebration and has written and lectured on liturgy, dance and creativity in the US and abroad. In his research, he has documented liturgical inculturation in three Dancing Church videos. He has recently retired from the faculty of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Chestnut Hill, MA. At present, he directs Landings International, a Paulist Ministry of Reconciliation with centers in the US,, UK and Singapore. Landings is a compassionate, lay-run program for returning Catholics while Landings2 develops disciples in mission. He has been a cruise chaplain for twenty years and enjoys his days at sea.


Session 8-05
What in the world is Reconciliation?

The word “reconciliation” means many different things in the healing ministry. This workshop will examine reconciliation from different perspectives: as a simple one to one encounter; as a sacramental process; and as a group experience. (Witness) 

Sponsor Landings International

 

Anne Kernion 

Anne Kertz Kernion (BS in Environmental Engineering, Penn State; MA in Theology, Duquesne University, Certificate in the Science of Happiness, UC Berkeley, current graduate student in Positive Psychology, U. of Missouri) is the owner/artist of Cards by Anne, an inspirational greeting card company founded in 1986. Her book, “A Year of Spiritual Companionship” was published by SkyLight Paths in 2016. Anne’s cards are available online (cardsbyanne.com) and in hundreds of stores. For 14 years, Anne taught “Cross-Cultural Understanding of Religious Meaning” at Carlow University. For seven years, she was also an adjunct professor at CCAC, teaching courses ranging from Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Nutrition, to World Religions and Ethics. Currently, Anne is a frequent lecturer and retreat leader, presenting topics that combine neuroscience and spirituality to groups around the country. Anne Is married to Jack and they have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren.


Session 4-06
Neuroscience and Spirituality: Tech, Our Brains, and Spiritual Practices 

How tech use is affecting our brains and our functioning. Then we explore spiritual practices which thwart these negative effects.(Witness)

Sponsor Cards by Anne

Deepu Kochuparambil 

Deepu Kochuparambil is a husband and father. I have been involved in youth ministry for over 16 years, working for St. Catherine of Alexandria parish in Morgan Hill for over 11 years. I just recently stepped down from working for a parish in order to give more time to serving the wider Church, although a majority of my time will go towards growing in patience as I stay home to take care of our four children, all under the age of six.


Session 5-05
The 5 Mysteries of Volunteering – How the Joyful Mysteries Show Us How to Serve.

Planning and executing lesson plans or being an adult presence to reach the ratio for youth ministry might be easy – but to serve in a way to allow others to encounter Christ is a bigger challenge. No prior knowledge of the Joyful Mysteries is required!

 

Christina Lamas 

Christina Lamas made her way into the field of Youth Ministry after ten years of volunteering at her home parish, where she was drawn to empower young people to find ways to actively live out their faith and to continue to grow in their relationship with Christ in their daily living. She went on to hold multiple positions within the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Currently, she is serving as the Executive Director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). Christina brings to NFCYM 20+ years of experience in catechesis and youth ministry. She and her daughter, Isabella, reside in Maryland.


English Keynote 6-01
The Mission of Listening

Did you know that conversations with young people have the potential to shape how the Church ministers to them now and in the future? Come learn more about how you can be a part of the mission of listening. Come discover the power of engaging young people in conversation. Young people will enrich this keynote with their presence and witness. (Witness)

Session 7-06
The Mission of Listening (Part 2) 

This workshop will build upon the English morning keynote. Practical tools will be shared and explored so you too can be part of Pope Francis’ invitation to listen to our young people. There will be time for questions and answers. (witness)

Douglas Leal

Douglas Leal is currently Vice President of Mission Integration with Providence St. Joseph Health in California. Previously, he was the Director of the Division of Adult Faith Formation with the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Douglas has over 20 years’ experience in learning and development, organizational design and effectiveness, and strategic planning and implementation, as a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers and with his own consulting firm. Douglas also works as a professional actor and director and has served as the artistic director of two improv troupes. He is the author of the skill-building book for lectors, Stop Reading and Start Proclaiming!, and the co-author of the 2017 and 2018 editions of LTP’s Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Proclaimers. Douglas holds an MA from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. www.douglasleal.com


Session 3-06
Adults at the Center: Understanding the Adult Journey of Faith 

Our world and our faith demand an adult Christianity. Growth beyond a faith that may have served us well in youth is necessary to meet the demands of adult lives and our contemporary world, if we are to truly be disciples of Christ. Putting adults at the center of formation requires first that we understand what an “adult growing in faith” looks like, and how we might support that growth in ourselves as well. (Witness).

Session 4-07
Adults at the Center: Nurturing Adults to Grow in Faith

What do we need to do–and who do we need to be–as pastoral leaders, ministers, and catechists to nurture adults into an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus Christ? Do we challenge and support adults to become disciples, or do we accept a stagnant faith? And how do we move this work to the center of parish life? We’ll review the challenges and explore the possibilities of putting adults at the center of formation. (Witness)

Session 5-06
Adults at the Center: Creating Communities that Engage Adults 

Adult formation goes beyond programs; in fact, the entire parish is an adult formation program. How do we create communities that engage and evangelize adults and young adults? Are our communities places that invite and encourage growth? We’ll examine current trends in society and the church and discuss ways to create not just welcoming communities, but truly transformational ones!

Jordan Lewis 

Jordan Lewis studied political science at Santa Clara University after which he spent four years teaching high school English and Special Education. Currently, he works as the Director of Faith Formation and Coordinator of Liturgy at Saint Angela Merici Parish, Diocese of Monterey.


Session 3-07  
Sustaining Hope – Using reading skills to break open scripture for students 

At the end of this workshop, PCLs and Catechists will have seen and brainstormed strategies to ensure that students with lower reading levels can access scripture and participate in discussions. (Word)

 

Sponsor Diocese of Monterey 

 

Josie Longonria

Is a Spiritual Director and Hospital Chaplain with over thirty years of working in ministry with emphasis on catechesis and spiritual development. She has served as a catechist, Director of Religious Education, and Diocesan Catechetical Coordinator and Lay Formation Coordinator. Josie is a member of NACC, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, 2014 Chair of NCCL Intercultural Committee, and Toastmasters International member. Earned a B.A in Religious Studies from St. Joseph College of Maine, and an M.A in Pastoral Ministries from Santa Clara University and ACPE Clinical Pastoral Certification from Stanford Healthcare. The dignity of each individual and catechesis are key principles in providing a whole body and mind experience and serve as the foundation for her catechetical formation workshops and retreats.


Session 2-07
Classroom Management  

Pope Francis’ vision for Catechesis is to pass on the joyful message of the ‘Kerygma.” This joy is found in the foundation of Christian Life as Pope Francis eloquently describes; “Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you.” Evanageli Gaudium I invite you to come and share three techniques to model “Kerygma, “ bringing the message of the Christian life and joy into your classrooms.

Sponsor Pfaum Publishing

Ricky Manalo, CSP 

Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, Ph.D. is a Paulist priest and liturgical composer (OCP), currently teaching at the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries of Santa Clara University. He serves as a consultor for the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and is the recipient of the 2018 Pastoral Musician of the Year by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. When he is not traveling throughout the world, he resides at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, Chinatown, San Francisco.


Session 7-10  
Changing Lives, One Song at a Time

To effectively reach a culture, we must realize that the Church needs to focus on evangelization “not because we need more numbers,” but to let young people know they are appreciated and that their “gifts are important to building the Kingdom of God.” This may be easier to achieve when we realize that a significant key may lie in their music. Walk away with practical and achievable ways to make the Gospel relevant. Arrive ready to learn, laugh, and be inspired by the soundtrack of their heart. (Witness)

Session 8-06  
Encountering Christ in Harmony (Part Two): Implementing the New Pastoral 

The new U.S. Bishops’ response, Encountering Christ in Harmony, offers us a model of how to better minister towards and alongside of our Asian and Pacific sisters and brothers. Join us for a dynamic panel discussion among key API leaders as we celebrate our unity and our diversity. 

Sponsor Encountering Christ in Harmony – Asian and Pacific Island (API) Track 

Bob McCarty 

Bob McCarty, D.Min. Co-author for Going, Going, Gone! The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics


Thursday Session 9 am – 12 pm  
Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics … Now what?

In their study, The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, Saint Mary’s Press describes extensive research on young Catholics who have left the Church. The disaffiliated provide a window into broader cultural trends that impact the development of a religious identity in a secular age. Are we listening? Have we experienced the challenge of proposing Catholicism as a comprehensive way of living? In this session we will grapple with the implications for our pastoral ministry. Genuine engagement provides a ministerial paradigm and “accompaniment” is the lens through which we can chart out the implications for school, parish, vocational discernment, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. And we will consider pastoral strategies that enhance affiliation and engagement with the parish and school faith communities.

 Sponsor Saint Mary’s Press

Alrie Middlebrook  

Alrie Middlebrook and her company, Middlebrook Gardens has been designing and building native gardens for 40 years. She is co author of Designing California Native Gardens: A Plant Community Approach to Artful, Ecological Gardens.She is a founding member of The California Native Garden Foundation. CNGF is a teaching and ecoliteracy non profit that specializes in outdoor education and earth stewardship.

Session 4-08
The Laudato Si Journey to Teach All Disciplines in the Outdoor Classroom

Take a visual and spiritual trip with Alrie Middlebrook, ecological garden and farm designer and educator. Can the outdoor classroom be transformed to teach stewardship of God’s creation while giving lessons in STEAM? Can a native, restored grassland garden provide inspiration to write an essay on social justice? How can eating school grown fruits and vegetables advance environmental engineering? Or improve math scores?  

Catherine Mifsud Heller  

Catherine Mifsud Heller, MA is a 1997 graduate of Notre Dame High School – Salinas. After graduating from Notre Dame, she attended the University of San Francisco, where she majored in Communication Studies and minored in Theology. It was during her time at USF that Catherine began to understand her vocation as a Religious Educator. Catherine then combined her skills as a teacher, administrator, campusminister, and love of student government in founding, Strada Leadership. Strada is a Catholic leadership training program for students rooted in the Gospel values of service, justice, and community. Through the lens of Student Government, Strada emphasizes the importance of effective collaboration, communication, and problem solving, empowering students to actively serve the needs of their schools and communities. Strada leaders respond to the call to faithful citizenship by acknowledging and cultivating our unique contributions and God-given strengths. Strada services the dioceses of Northern California in providing workshops and retreats for student leaders. In addition to her work with Strada, Catherine is also a Theology and Philosophy teacher at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda.


Session 2-10
It’s Not The Down, It Is The Out – Planning Successful Retreats 

Much like jumping off a cliff, planning retreats can be terrifying, exhilarating or both. In most cases, it is the process of planning a retreat that truly can contribute to its overall success. It is jumping out far enough, because the down will happen. Whether it is a day-long or 3-day retreat, this workshop will offer retreat leaders practical approaches to their planning methods. From what ice breakers to use and when to use them, organizational tactics, to strategies for forming retreat leaders, this session will offer concrete ideas and sharing of best practices. [Catechists and Campus Ministers are both invited to attend](Witness)

Session 4-09
The Immaculate Misconception – 7 Things Catholics THINK They Know, but Don’t 

Who are the 12 apostles? What are the Holy Days of Obligation? Seems easy, right? Not so fast – many of our students and parishioners THINK they know the answers to these questions, but over time misconceptions have clouded their knowledge. This workshop will unravel some of these errors and offer ways to teach the concepts to our audiences. Through anecdotes and catechesis, this session will not only right the wrongs, but offer clever ways to teach these inaccuracies. (Witness)   

Jane Mondoy  

Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy is Director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii. She serves as Vice-President of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and is an advisory committee member to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs. Ragasa-Mondoy is co-producer of the award-winning “One ‘Ohana” video series, has published numerous diocesan catechetical resources and articles, and is author of “Cultivating Your Catechists.”


Session 3-09
“Take Five”: Basic Principles for Cultivating Catechists 

Cultivating catechists takes so much more than holding a series of meetings throughout the year. It is an act of stewardship and a way of being expressed through a set of guiding principles that speak to mission, parameters, empowerment, recognition, and engagement. Let’s “Take Five” together!

Session 5-15
Called to be collaborators in the vineyard of the Lord: Liturgists, catechists, and musicians working together in the celebration of the Holy Mass 

The liturgy is the best expression of the faith of the Christian community. It is in her that we celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ. The preparation and celebration of the Holy Mass require the work of many people (liturgists, catechists, musicians, cleric among others). We ask ourselves, how can the catechist, the liturgist and the musicians collaborate in the preparations for the Holy Mass? In this workshop, we will study the importance of working together with these ministers of the Church to achieve a better formation and celebration of the incomprehensible Mystery of God.

Sponsor by Loyola Press 

 

Corinne Monogue 

Corinne Monogue worked for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Ministries, for close to 14 years, which provided pastoral ministry, cultural outreach and spiritual support to those of a multicultural or ethnic Catholic diversity. Prior to working at the Diocese of Arlington, she has worked years for the Catholic Church, in 5 separate arch/dioceses across the United States, in various positions including as a Catholic School teacher for over 6 years.


Session 3-08
Encountering Christ with Young People in Our Parishes and Schools 

Discover how the new USCCB pastoral response to Asian and Pacific Catholics, Encountering Christ in Harmony, can assist in your outreach and relationship with all youth and young adults as they face/navigate different cultural realities. This session will include framework and ideas for leaders to use in parish and school settings.  (Worship)

Session 8-06
Encountering Christ in Harmony (Part Two): Implementing the New Pastoral

The new U.S. Bishops’ response, Encountering Christ in Harmony, offers us a model of how to better minister towards and alongside of our Asian and Pacific sisters and brothers. Join us for a dynamic panel discussion among key API leaders as we celebrate our unity and our diversity.

Sponsor Encountering Christ in Harmony – Asian and Pacific Island (API) Track

Rosa Mosich

Rosa has been involved in religious education ministry for nearly 20 years: as a Catechist, Director of Faith Formation, Parent, and Volunteer. An Educational Consultant in the greater Los Angeles area, Rosa has presented at numerous parishes, schools, and various conferences including Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. A proud mother of a teenage daughter, Rosa is fluent in Spanish and currently sits on the Early Childhood Advisory Board for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Building on her vast experience in ministry, she combines practical experience, creativity, and motivational enthusiasm to encourage those called to ministry to think outside the box and expand their reach beyond the “classroom.” Rosa currently serves as the California representative for Our Sunday Visitor.


Session 3-10
Bridging Imagination and Religion 

Children love creative experiences! (Don’t we all?) Especially experiences that help us connect, or enhance our understanding and relationship with Jesus. In this workshop, we will uncover practical ways in which the Arts – drama, art, and music – can help children (and adults) embrace and connect with their faith and religious imagination. (Witness)

Sponsor Our Sunday Visitor

Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN  

Sr. Anne-Louise Nadeau, SNDdeN is a native of Springfield, MA. She earned a B.A. in Sociology/Social Work from Annhurst College and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling from Emmanuel College. As a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur she has worked extensively with young adults and adult learners at Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, CT while serving in Campus Ministry, Director of the Personal Counseling Center and later as Associate Dean of Students. She has served on the leadership team of the CT unit of the Sisters of Notre Dame and continues to be the co-chair of the SND/USA Anti-Racism Team. After re-locating to the MD area, she was Case Management Supervisor for the Families that Work Program at My Sister’s Place Women Center in Baltimore, MD. She currently serves as Director of Programs at Pax Christi USA in Washington, DC.


Session 4-08
Sharing the Catholic Way: Helping the Faithful and Seekers Learn the Faith

Many are curious about the details of the Catholic faith, but unless you’re a child or becoming Catholic as an adult, parish opportunities to learn are often limited. After years with practicing Catholics “sneaking” into her RCIA sessions and curious parents asking what their kids were learning, Ann decided enough was enough. She put together a simple, interactive learning approach to share the best our faith has to offer, balancing doctrinal teaching with prayer, spirituality, and faith sharing. Hear more about her formula to engage both seekers and life-long Catholics, and appeal to both head and heart. The session will include do’s and don’ts, and other tips for starting, promoting, and growing a process that can work in any parish. (Witness)

Brenda Noriega

Brenda Noriega was born and raised in Irapuato, Guanajuato; Mexico. She has been serving God’s people since early age at the parish and diocesan level. Brenda acquired a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries from the University of Santa Clara. She currently serves the Diocese of San Bernardino as the Young Adults Programs Coordinator. Brenda collaborates at the regional level as a member of the board of Pastoral Juvenil Committee at RECOSS (Region Eleven Committee of Spanish Speakers). She is also a board member of the National Advisory Board for Young Adult Ministry. Brenda is passionate about discipleship and leadership development, especially accompanying young ministers in their path serving God and his Church.


Session 2-08
Growing Roots

“I am not religious. I prefer to consider myself spiritual” is the increasing repetitive answer we hear from young people in the United States. The increasing numbers of young people going away from the church is alarming. However, there is hope. Although young adults are leaving the Church, they are still seeking for a community to grow spiritually. During this workshop, we will explore recommendations from Pope Francis to reach out and engage the disaffiliated helping them to be rooted in Christ.

 

Tim O’Malley

Timothy P. O’Malley is a Catholic theologian, author, speaker, and managing director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. He is an associate professional specialist in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame, also serving as academic director of Notre Dame’s Center for Liturgy. O’Malley earned his bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy and his master’s degree in liturgical studies from Notre Dame. He earned a doctorate in theology and education at Boston College. He is the author of three books, including Bored Again Catholic and Liturgy and the New Evangelization. His articles have appeared in publications including America magazine, Religion News Service, Aleteia, Catechist, and Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly.


Session 2-09
The Mundane Mercy of Catholic Faith Life

Modern advertising is driven by the possibility of excitement—novelty wins! Family life is often nearly absent from such advertising, since it’s far too mundane to cultivate consumer desire. In this session, we’ll see how Catholic family life can function as a medicine against consumer desire insofar as we cultivate the disposition to see God acting within the context of the mundane. Participants in this workshop will walk away with five ideas for doing catechesis on the Christian family that avoids the kind of idealism that often sneaks in when teaching about the family in the Church.(Witness)

Session 5-07
The Mercy of Marriage in a Hookup World

Young adults fall in love in a hookup world. The hookup isn’t just about sex. Instead, it’s a fear of real communion, sharing a life with another person, beyond the briefest physical encounter. In this session, we’ll explore the various characteristics of a hookup culture and why young adults participate in it. We’ll also turn to the sacrament of marriage, showing how the liturgical rite for this sacrament can serve as a medicine for a hookup culture. In marriage, we discover a restoration of communion that is fundamentally about friendship. (Witness)

Sponsor Ave Maria Press

Hosffman Ospino

  


Session 7-01
This Is Our Faith, This Is the Faith of the Church, This is Our Hope

Christian discipleship is grounded in the encounter with Jesus Christ, sustained by specific convictions that countless believers have shared for centuries from one generation to the next. It is our turn to share that faith. However, what should we share? How to share it in a way that engenders hope? These questions are often in the minds of parents and catechists, particularly at a time when little seems to stick and everything is up for questioning. Let us discern our calling to be a community of believers that lives and celebrates its faith with hope.


Session 2-15
Integrated Family Catechesis Is More Than One Gathering

The question is no longer, “Should we do family catechesis?”  The question is now, “What are the necessary elements of effective family catechesis?”   We will explore the concept of integrated family catechesis that is systematic and intentional as it awakens, evangelizes and catechizes parents leading them to a life of discipleship. All the while recognizing we must equip, support, affirm and challenge parents to see parenting as a vocation.  Jo Ann will inspire you to meet families where they are and awaken in them the “holy longing” to live in relationship with God and his people.  (Witness)

Sponsor:Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division

Maureen Provencher 

Maureen P. Provencher has served professionally in ministry for almost three decades in parish, regional, and diocesan settings, in the areas of adolescent ministry, catechesis, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. She has presented workshops at various events, institutes, and conferences, as well as retreats, throughout the years. She has authored and contributed to various publications through the dioceses in which she has served, the N.F.C.Y.M., and Saint Mary’s Press. Maureen has a passion for ministry in the Church, and a desire to help others discover and respond to the holy within and around them. Maureen serves on the Ministry Care Team at Saint Mary’s Press, lives in southern Maine, and enjoys being an aunt to five nieces.


Session 3-11
Igniting the Hearts of a New Generation: Engaging and Accompanying Younger Disciples!

Children, today, think differently. Their interests and needs vary. They learn in a variety of different ways. Their attention spans are short and their energy levels are more than we can keep up with! And, their desire to know, love, and serve God is real and alive! They’ve evolved and so must our ways of sharing, teaching, and walking the journey of faith, together – with them and with their families! If you have the privilege of ministering with children and their families, then this workshop is for you. Together, we’ll delve more deeply into the mystery of understanding and embracing this generation and their gift to us. Then, we’ll look to effective approaches that are practical, fun, inviting, and achievable, to effectively engage them and nurture their hearts in faith and love.(Witness)

Session 8-07
Response for Asian and Pacific Island Communities

Children, today, think differently. Their interests and needs vary. They learn in a variety of different ways. Their attention spans are short and their energy levels are more than we can keep up with! And, their desire to know, love, and serve God is real and alive! They’ve evolved and so must our ways of sharing, teaching, and walking the journey of faith, together – with them and with their families! If you have the privilege of ministering with children and their families, then this workshop is for you. Together, we’ll delve more deeply into the mystery of understanding and embracing this generation and their gift to us. Then, we’ll look to effective approaches that are practical, fun, inviting, and achievable, to effectively engage them and nurture their hearts in faith and love.(Witness)

Sponsor Saint Mary’s Press

Fr. Mike Russo  

Father Mike Russo is the host of “Sunday to Sunday,” the preaching journey. He is a Roman Catholic priest and a retired professor of Communication Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California where he taught journalism and political communication. Since his college days at Seton Hall University, he was closely associated with CBS News as a producer and consultant on the news of religion. In July 1969, he was a desk-assistant to Walter Cronkite for the special events broadcast coverage of Apollo 11. He traveled to Rome to report on the death, election and funeral of Pope John Paul II, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. He reported for both national and local media on the resignation of Pope Benedict, and the election of Pope Francis, and Pope Francis’s 2016 visit to the United States. He holds a doctoral degree in American political and cultural history from New York University where he was awarded the Bayrd Still Prize in historical writing; and in 1990 he was appointed a “Joan Shorenstein Fellow” at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has written widely and has taught courses on the intersection of religion, politics and culture at the Rome campuses of John Cabot University, and the Loyola University of Chicago. His homilies, news of religion commentary, and essays are found at www.francisfactor.com. He lives in Monterey, CA, where he assists the Diocese of Monterey, the San Carlos Cathedral; presently he is chaplain to the Santa Catalina High School.


Session 4-10
Preaching in the Age of Social-Media

Social media has become a prime tool of persuasion and influence. How does a parish community employ these new communication tools along with traditional media as methods to advance preaching, build parish community and influence evangelization. Father Mike Russo will draw on his experience in developing “Sunday to Sunday,” a preaching project for America|Media, seminary and adult education. He will draw on examples of how parishes have expanded the reach of the Sunday sermon for an invitation to the local community as well as meaningful liturgical expression. Additionally, he will draw on those present at this session and ask their feedback about effective witness of the Gospel.

Sponsor Sunday To Sunday

Michael Ruzicki

Michael Ruzicki, Training and Events Manager, Liturgy Training Publications. He is the author of “Guide for Training Initiation Ministers: An Introduction to the RCIA” (LTP, 2018) and “Signs and Symbols of the Liturgy: An Experience of Ritual and Catechesis” (LTP, 2018) and serves as the director of music at Notre Dame de Chicago Parish. Michael was also a team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate.


Thursday 10 am – 4 pm
Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics … Now what?

In their study, The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, Saint Mary’s Press describes extensive research on young Catholics who have left the Church. The disaffiliated provide a window into broader cultural trends that impact the development of a religious identity in a secular age. Are we listening? Have we experienced the challenge of proposing Catholicism as a comprehensive way of living? In this session we will grapple with the implications for our pastoral ministry. Genuine engagement provides a ministerial paradigm and “accompaniment” is the lens through which we can chart out the implications for school, parish, vocational discernment, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. And we will consider pastoral strategies that enhance affiliation and engagement with the parish and school faith communities.

Session 2-15
Preparing Masses With Children, Not For Children

This workshop will assist school teachers (and others) in teaching children the language of the liturgy by including them in the preparation of the Mass. Doing so will reinforce their Catholic identity by breaking open the Word, selecting music, preparing liturgical environment, and serving in liturgical ministries. Participants will gain (or improve) the tools necessary for collaboration and communication while knowing they are doing the “right thing” liturgically.

Session 8-15
Preparing and Celebrating First Communion Liturgies

This workshop presents a collaborative and liturgically appropriate approach for preparing Masses in which children are receiving Communion for the first time. Participants will be presented with the liturgical norms and acceptable practices. Additionally, they will receive ideas for scheduling liturgies, seating arrangements, processions, attire, and preparing liturgical ministers. This workshop is intended for pastors, liturgists, music directors, directors of religious education, catechists, and worship commissions so they can help foster the participation of children and bring them to full communion at the table of the Lord.(Worship)

Sponsor Liturgy Training Publications

 

Anna Scally

Anna Scally is the President of Cornerstone Media, Inc., in Santa Rosa, California. Anna is an inspiring workshop and youth rally speaker, youth ministry training consultant, and a disc jockey. She is a columnist for Cornerstone Media’s Top Music Countdown quarterly poster, and also the host for the audio show Burning Issues, dealing with relevant youth topics. She was M.C. of the catechetical sessions for 77,000 young people at Mile High Stadium in Denver for World Youth Day. Anna has authored several articles on popular music, religious education and youth ministry that have appeared in several journals and popular publications. She has travelled all over the world to make over 2,000 public presentations at youth rallies, training events, retreats, adult education days, and other youth ministry related events, including all the major conferences for religious educators in North America.


Session 2-11
Bring New Hope to Your Ministry A New Approach to Getting, Keeping and Surviving Volunteers

It’s not just about what you can get from people; it is what you want for people. Elevate volunteering from an obligation to a privilege. Discover the “hidden gems” in your community. Grow your ministry by uncovering real ways to understand true needs and gifts of those you are trying to teach. This workshop will include five strategies that will result in more volunteers for your ministry. Real volunteers have more than time; they have hope and heart.(Witness)

Session 5-08, 7-10
Changing Lives, One Song at a Time 

To effectively reach a culture, we must realize that the Church needs to focus on evangelization “not because we need more numbers,” but to let young people know they are appreciated and that their “gifts are important to building the Kingdom of God.” This may be easier to achieve when we realize that a significant key may lie in their music. Walk away with practical and achievable ways to make the Gospel relevant. Arrive ready to learn, laugh, and be inspired by the soundtrack of their heart.(Worship)

Sponsor Cornerstone Media

 

Fr. Thomas Scirghi, SJ

Father Thomas Scirghi is a native of New York City and a member of the Jesuit Order. He is associate professor of theology at Fordham University where he teaches sacramental and liturgical theology. He is also the Rector for the Jesuit Community of Fordham. Previously he taught at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. There he instructed students – seminarians and laity – in the theory and practice of liturgy. Fr. Scirghi is the author of numerous articles and several books, most recently Longing to See Your Face: Preaching in a Secular Age. With this work he hopes to rekindle the fire for preaching for those who preach from the pulpit as well as for those who listen in the pews. He is also the author of “Signs of God’s Grace: A Journey through the Sacraments,” a series of lectures for CD and DVD. He has lectured on preaching and worship around the United States, Africa, Nepal and Australia. He explains that his chief concern for the Roman Catholic Church today is making our tradition accessible to the next generation.


Clergy Track 
Preaching in the New Millennium

Homilies in the context of Sunday Eucharist and Sacramental celebrations are privileged opportunities to evangelize and inspire all who are present. Fr. Scirghi will explore homiletic approaches and technique to more effectively preach to congregations of the new millennium.

Christina Serma 

Christina Serma comes from Los Angeles, CA. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Management & Human Resources from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. After receiving her degree, she worked as an Executive Team Lead for Target but left her career to serve for nine months as a missionary with NET Ministries. Currently, Christina is the Western Scheduling Administrator for NET Ministries in their Los Angeles office. She enjoys sharing her creative gifts, going to Dodger games, and making a phenomenal cup of coffee.


Session 5-09   
Relational Ministry

There are many ways of evangelizing: social media, mail, phone, TV, etc. We believe the most effective evangelization is done relationally: right there, one-on-one, face-to-face. This is a practical workshop designed to equip Catholics to share the good news of Jesus Christ wherever you go. This is not a workshop on apologetics- it will focus on relational evangelization. Workshop objectives: Learn to articulate the good news and to share your faith with anyone.(Witness)

Sponsor NET Ministries

Bishop Oscar Solis 

Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis is the tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, appointed by Pope Francis on January 10, 2017 and installed on March 7, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. On February 10, 2004, he was ordained Bishop and served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles till 2017. He was the first Filipino-American bishop ordained in the United States. Bishop Solis is presently serving as Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs (SCAPA). He is also currently the Episcopal Liaison of the Catholic Volunteers Network and Founding Bishop and Episcopal Moderator of the National Association of Filipino Priests-USA (NAFP-USA).


Session 8-06   
Encountering Christ in Harmony (Part Two): Implementing the New Pastoral 

The new U.S. Bishops’ response, Encountering Christ in Harmony, offers us a model of how to better minister towards and alongside of our Asian and Pacific sisters and brothers. Join us for a dynamic panel discussion among key API leaders as we celebrate our unity and our diversity.

Sponsor Encountering Christ in Harmony – Asian and Pacific Island (API) Track 

Janèt Sullivan Whitaker 

Janèt Sullivan Whitaker is a lifelong music minister for the Diocese of Oakland. In addition to her work as a composer and recording artist, Janèt is a cantor, pianist, arranger, percussionist, workshop presenter and retreat leader. For almost two decades, she has served on the catechetical music staff for the One Bread, One Cup Summer Liturgical Leadership Conferences at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Southern Indiana. She holds a BA in music from California State University, Hayward (CSUEB), and a master of theological studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Janèt has three solo collections with OCP. She currently resides in Hayward, California, and serves as full-time director of music and liturgy at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in San Ramon.


Session 3-12 , 8-08
Sharing Faith in Everyday Ways 

We are called to bear witness to the saving presence of Christ in our lives. This presentation explores everyday ways in which we can more generously share our faith with others, through Christian hospitality, gratitude, and sincere attentiveness.(Worship)

Sponsor OCP

Brian Robert Taberski, Ed.D.

Dr. Brian Robert Taberski is the life-long product of Catholic Education. With an academic background in theology and ministry (M.Div. from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and leadership studies (Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Seattle University), Dr. Taberski offers a unique perspective regarding the intersectionality of the three. A particular interest of Dr. Taberski’s scholarship and practice is ecclesial leadership, especially in Catholic Schools. By employing theological reflection, organizational theory, and change management frameworks, Dr. Taberski facilitates conversations for lay and ordained ministers alike. He currently is Chair of the Theology Department at a Catholic high school in metro Seattle and teaches in the Educational Leadership doctoral program at Seattle University.


2-12
Catholic School Leaders as Ministers of Faith and Agents of Hope

The dynamic nature of Catholic education requires leaders at all levels with the skill sets to navigate the complexities of the this dynamism. The Catholic school at once seeks to ensure it faithfully lives out its mission, serves as an authentic experience of Church, maintains the standards of academic rigor, and focuses on the formation of the whole person. This task can be daunting. Catholic School Leaders as Ministers of Faith and Agents of Hope will provide a framework and points to consider as the Catholic school and its leaders find themselves living in a world experiencing globalization, exponential access to information, unbridled technological advancements, a crisis in the Environment, and a Church responding to crisis.

Sponsor Landings International

Carolyn Trumble

Carolyn Trumble works as a Mission Education Promoter for Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, in the Bay area. Carolyn brings with her a vast experience of working in education and mission. She has been a Pastoral Associate, Coordinator of Youth Ministry and DRE. In 2011 she went to Brazil as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner for 3 ½ years. Now she is able to merge her education experience with her mission experience and accompany teachers and catechists in promoting mission in their classrooms.


Session 5-10
Building Bridges of Hope in our Polarized World

Looking to find positive ways to minister in our polarized world? In this workshop we will look at ways we can be effective bridge building missionary disciples. We will also share resources from Maryknoll’s education program DiscoverYourNeighbor as a means of resourcing teachers & catechists to empower young people to live as missionary disciples.

Sponsor Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers

Lesa Truxaw

Lesa Truxaw is the Director for the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Orange, where she has worked since October of 2002. Before her appointment to the Office for Worship, Lesa was on the pastoral staff at St. Vincent de Paul in Huntington Beach as Director for Liturgy and Initiation for over eight years. She was also very involved with the design and building of the new church at St. Vincent de Paul, which was dedicated February 2, 2002. She has a Masters Degree in Pastoral Liturgy from Santa Clara University. Lesa is a native of Orange County, and is currently living in Costa Mesa with her husband, Joe, of thirty five years.


Session 3-15
Celebrating Children’s Liturgy of the Word

How can you help children participate and understand scripture that is proclaimed at Mass? Should you be offering children a separate experience of the Word proclaimed at Sunday Mass? When can you use the Children’s Lectionary? What about school or class masses where children form the majority of participants? We will explore Church Documents regarding the participation of children at Mass as well as the pastoral implications. Come and explore best practices to breaking open the Word with Children at Sunday Mass and at other celebrations.

Sr. Rose Marie Tulacz, SND

Sister Rose Marie Tulacz, SND is a visual storyteller. Through theological reflection, she brings people to the truth of who we are in the mystery of God. Guided by the Holy Spirit, she uses photographic images to connect our spiritual and humanitarian purposes, embracing our common humanity and the love the Father has for us through Jesus. She has passionately deepened her engagement with the mission of the Church, scripture, and the family of God. She uses her photography to connect us to our spiritual and humanitarian purposes, emphasizing our common humanity and the love the Father has for us through Jesus. Many have found genuine freedom, healing, and peace through her Notre Dame Creations ministry that includes spiritual direction, speaking, retreats, family catechesis, and parish missions. She holds an MA in Pastoral Theology and Ministry from Boston College School of Theology and graduate work in Spiritual Direction from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. For the past 10 years she has given the Saturday evening highlight, Sacred Illuminations, at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, CA. By offering retreats, parish missions, spiritual presentations, faith formation, catechesis, Sister leads others to reflect on their experiences in light of the scriptures through contemplative prayer so as to encounter God in a deeper way.


Session 5-11
Finding Your Resurrection: The Paschal Mystery in Your Life Today

The saints were sinners, but they radiated Jesus. Jesus will live where we are when we unite our suffering, dying, and rising with His. The Paschal Mystery transforms us so we become on fire with God’s love. What does it mean to find your resurrection? What waits to suffer and die in you, and how can we love one another in ways that midwife their resurrection? We are in the midst of a new paschal mystery: a dying, a rising, to give way to a new hope, a new evangelization. God is depending on us. By reflecting on our experiences in light of the scriptures through contemplative prayer, we come to find God in a deeper way.

 Sponsor Notre Dame Creations 

Dr. Christauria Welland 

Christauria Welland, Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology), a native of Canada, is a Catholic clinical psychologist residing in San Diego, California, USA. She is the founder of Pax in Familia, an international Catholic ministry dedicated to peace, and to the prevention of violence and abuse in Catholic families. Dr. Welland was a speaker at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, USA, in September 2015. At the Meeting, Dr. Welland addressed the participants on the topic of pastoral responses to domestic violence in Catholic families. She was asked to speak on this area of specialization after a meeting with Bishop Jean Laffitte, then Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, in Rome during the Extraordinary Synod of 2014. The Bishop also requested that she write an illustrated booklet on pastoral responses to domestic violence in Catholic families in time for the World Meeting. This booklet was printed in six (6) languages and is online in other languages. She speaks all over the world on this topic.


Session 4-11
Responding to and Preventing Partner Violence in the Families we Serve 

Are we prepared to respond to victims of domestic violence and their children who come to us for help at our parishes and Catholic schools? Worldwide, more than 100 million Catholic women have suffered partner violence! In this session we will learn to identify cases of domestic violence, as well as the basic facts of this issue, including in Catholic families. We will learn how to respond compassionately and effectively, and how to locate the resources in our communities. Dr. Welland will also provide a brief summary of the basic skills necessary for violence prevention that we can teach our parishioners and students, and material will be available for further information.

Katie Wolf

Katie has been developing and implementing curriculum to teach the creative process for over 40 years in San Francisco. Subject areas include architecture, sculpture, painting and set design. Her teaching has inspired thousands of students to recognize, express and share their gifts of creativity and in so doing their resultant pieces give praise to the Creator. Their work consistently receives national and regional honors. Her personal creative work ranges from environmental fabric designs for the vast and modern St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco to intimate sacred spaces, Byzantine icons and an Art and Nature Retreat Site in northern California. An ancient and personal symbol system imbues her large scale paintings, welding steel sculptures, stained glass pieces, painted fabric wall scrolls and wearable art with an energy that presents itself as a bridge allowing the Sacred to be sensed in our daily living.


Session 4-15
Creating Sacred Environment outside of Church Buildings

Teachers, catechists, and other church leaders often lead prayer in classrooms, meeting rooms, and other spaces outside of the church building. In this workshop, you will learn practical strategies for transforming these spaces into environments rich with symbols that engage the senses, speak to the heart, and help lead your groups into deeper prayer.(Worship) 

Mary Wuertz von Holt 

Mary Wuertz von Holt is director of sales, marketing, and product development for Liguori Publications which offers the popular Journey of Faith Christian Initiation Program. She was a member of the RCIA team at her former parish of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, which routinely welcomed 80+ catechumens and candidates each year.


Session 4-12
Teaching RCIA/RICA to Create Vibrant Witnesses and a Vibrant Parish 

While teaching RCIA/RICA is a lot of work, team members know they get more benefits out of the class than the work they put in. The new members received at Easter become vibrant witnesses and renew the Church. Can we leverage RCIA to create a vibrant parish as well as vibrant witnesses? How can we structure RCIA so that the entire parish is involved and they grow in their faith? Attend this session and learn tips for catechizing not only your catechumens and candidates but also their sponsors, team volunteers, and long-time parishioners.

Sponsor Liguori Publications

Rev. Michael Zampelli, SJ

Michael Zampelli, SJ is the Paul L. Locatelli University Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University where he has been on the faculty since 1998. He teaches courses in performance studies and theatre history, and his scholarship on the intersection between theatre and religion/spirituality has appeared in journals and several book volumes. At present, he is working on the retrieval of Jesuit performance traditions in 19th- and early 20th-century US educational institutions. He serves on the Boards of Trustees at Marquette University and Loyola Marymount University. Michael entered the Society of Jesus in 1982 and was ordained a priest in 1993. He has served the Diocese of San Jose by presiding for the Emmaus community (1998-2008) and ministering to the incarcerated (2010-2019).


Session 1-01
Ongoing Clergy Formation: Effective Presiding  
Session is offsite at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

Presiding at liturgical prayer is a challenging endeavor. Liturgy uses language, music and symbols to facilitate an encounter with The Divine. Consequently, presiding is an action of the entire person, bodily, spiritually, and affectively. Fr. Zampelli brings his experience as a presider and university professor in
performance studies to facilitate the development of presidential skills of participants.