Navigate to...

Ministerial Forums

Home Workshop Session I Workshop Session II Workshop Session III Registration

01 Catechetical Ministers and Youth Ministers:
Introduction to the Thresholds of Pre-Discipleship
Sherry Weddell
As with any relationship, following Jesus and becoming His disciple involves a journey that passes through distinct stages, or thresholds. Learn how to recognize these thresholds and help others along the journey to intentional discipleship. (Topic is continued in workshop 309.)

02 Liturgists:
Imbued with the Spirit: Liturgy and Evangelization
Monsignor Rick Hilgartner, S.T.L.
As liturgical ministers, we often focus on preparing the Liturgy—bringing it to life with sights and sounds, rubrics and rituals, vessels and vestments, translations and texts.  But the Liturgy is, first and foremost, God’s work.  How is His Liturgy shaping us?  How does it transform our lives?  Through word and sacrament, God invites us to love Him more deeply, to live His Gospel message more faithfully, and to share our faith more courageously.

03 Pastoral Associates:
Spirituality of Administration
Ann Garrido, D. Min.
This interactive session will look at several practices of administration that can be potentially transformative, making us not only effective administrators but holier, healthier Christians. Participants will be invited to reassess their own daily tasks with an eye toward how they might serve not only the greater Reign of God, but their own personal spiritual journey.


04 Business Managers:
Bridge Building toward Evangelization
Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C., D. Min.
Juggling a variety of roles, the business manager serves a unique position on the pastoral team.   Fr. Frank Donio, sharing from his extensive background in church management, will discuss effective communication, balancing competing interests, and keeping Christ at the center of our efforts.  Come learn how this position can be a key bridge builder supporting staff and parishioners to more effective evangelization.


05 Priests: (Closed Session)
Priesthood and the Work of Evangelization: Called to be Witnesses of Hope
Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, S.T.D., D.D.
Despite the challenges that we sometimes face in our daily lives, our priestly ministry is dedicated in large part to bring the Good News of the Gospel, in prayer, word and action, to those whom we serve. The foundation of our hope is the Lord Jesus Himself, to whom we have been configured by the grace of our ordination and for whom we serve and love His people. We will explore together new and creative ways by which we can rekindle the fire of divine hope in our own lives so that we can become more effective, credible and joyful evangelizers of the message of salvation in Christ.

06 Principals: (Closed Session)
Business Meeting    
Leadership is vital to the successful Catholic school.  During this session, Catholic school principals will meet together to discuss issues related to the ministry of Catholic education.

07 Deacons: (Closed Session)
Smile and Say Hello: Diaconal Ministry in a Changing Catholic Culture and Climate
Rev. Robert J. Hater
Based on his two recent books, Parish Guide to the New Evangelization and Common Sense Catechesis: Lessons from the Past: Road Map for the Future, this forum addresses challenges to the diaconal ministry in light of our rapidly changing United States culture. Fr. Hater roots his approach to the New Evangelization on refocusing the Catholic attitude toward missionary discipleship and culture, including the new world of technology. In so doing, he compares the past and present and uses insights gleaned from his Common Sense Catechesis to show how the changing climate of Catholicism after Vatican II affected the Church’s response to issues facing the Church today.