Pre-Conference Thursday Sessions At Marriott Hotel

Below is the 2018 Schedule.
Stay tuned for the 2019 Schedule to be announced late August.

Pre-Conference: Leadership Roundtable

Michael Brough, Carol Fowler, Jim Lundholm-Eades, Dominic Perri

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This Workshop is for Bishops and Diocesan Senior Staff

Managing Diocesan Transitions

How diocesan leaders can be effective in transition when episcopal and other senior leadership change and/or when the diocese shifts in focus or priorities. There are practical tools and models that dioceses across the US have found useful during times of change.

Empowering Parishes as the Mission Delivery Point

How bishops can create mission delivery relationships with pastors and lay leaders across the diocese and structure a parish-centered chancery. How bishops can impact the guiding frames of reference in a diocese.

Keeping the Best: Identifying and Keeping the Right People in the Right Place

Three elements are needed in order to move a plan forward: 1) a plan, 2) the right people, 3) the right people doing the right things. This session will focus on identifying the right people for the right positions and what can be done to move people into the right positions if they are not there already. (Witness)


Michael Ruzicki, Timothy Johnson, Victoria Tufano

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The Catechumen’s Journey – An Experiential Workshop for Christian Initiation Ministers

Conducted in a retreat-like manner, this institute will offer participants an experiential understanding of the RCIA as they walk through its periods and rites. Together they will participate in catechesis, ritual celebration, and apostolic witness adapted from the vision of the RCIA.


Thursday, November 29 (9:00 am – 8:00 pm)

  – Day one presentations include: An Introduction to the Ritual Text: Vocabulary, Periods, and Stages; An Evangelizing Parish; The Period of Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate, The Rite of Acceptance, The Period of the Catechumenate; Apprenticeship and Mentoring


Friday, November 30 (9:00 am – 8:00 pm)

  – Day two presentations include: The Rite of Election; Discernment and Conversion; The Period of the Purification and Enlightenment; Scrutinies and Presentations


Saturday, December 1 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)

  – Day three presentations include: The Sacraments of Initiation and the Paschal Triduum; The Paschal Mystery; Eucharistic Living and the Mission of the Church. The Period of Mystagogy

RCIA coordinators, teams, and clergy are invited to attend this institute and gain a deeper appreciation for the spiritual journey, catechesis, and ritual celebrations of the catechumenal process.  


Taller de RICA

Presentado del taller:
Rosanne Belpedio, CSJ

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Los Principios del Ministerio de Iniciación

Sabado, December 1 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Este curso proveerá un repaso del proceso del RICA, incluyendo los periodos de formación y ritos litúrgicos. Los participantes profundizarán en la apreciación de los principios elementales que guían el RICA: comunidad, conversión, liturgia y catequesis, todo esto encaminado hacia el discipulado misionero. Los métodos de enseñaza para adultos de los presentadores combinarán lectura, discusión en grupos pequeños, oración, narración y canto. El taller comienza a las 8:30 a.m. y termina a las 4:30 p.m.

Presentadora del taller


Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics

Elizabeth Dresher, PhD, Bob McCarty, D.Min, Josh Packard, PhD, John M Vitek

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Pre-Conference: SMP- Young Adult (Thursday- 1/2 Friday)

Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics

Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics

Why are young people leaving the Catholic Church? What does that mean for my ministry?

Three goals of the conference

• Explore in-depth the findings from the research of disaffiliated young Catholics
• Position these findings within the broader cultural context and current research on the millennial generation and religious identity and affiliation
• Identify tangible implications for the Church and its pastoral ministry to, with, for, and by young people

Over the last two years, Saint Mary’s Press has been leading a national conversation on significant research in partnership with CARA at Georgetown University. Going, Going, Gone presents the findings of a national study of US teens and young adults (ages 15–25) who previously self-identified as Catholic, but no longer do so (the disaffiliated). The research illuminates the richness, complexity, textures, and nuances of disaffiliation, providing deep insights well beyond what prior studies suggest.

Please join us and become part of an important national conversation. Add your particular insights as we consider the implications of this research for ministry with young Catholics, and as we consider the broader implications for the future of religious affiliation and practice in the US. (Witness)

Day one: November 29, 9 am–6 pm          Day two: November 30, 9 am–11:45 am

Option for the Poor: Moving Beyond Charity and towards Social Justice

David Orth-Moore, Maria Arroyo, Sean Wendlinder

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Pre-Conference: Social Justice (Thursday)

Bishop Oscar Cantú, David Orth-Moore, Maria Arroyo, Sean Wendlinder

Option for the Poor: Moving Beyond Charity and towards Social Justice in the Local and Global Church

Three Goals of the Symposium

–  Engage parish and diocesan ministers around building greater awareness to both local and global social justice issues, such as housing and migration
–  Provide practical and effective tools for ministers to apply Catholic Social Teaching to their ministry.
–  Identifying the ways parishes can move from charity to social justice ministry.