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101 New Evangelization: Sharing your Faith Story
Deacon Royce Winters
How do we evangelize in this 21st century if we ourselves have not been transformed? If we have not been born again? In order to tell our story, we must be evangelized and empowered by God’s Spirit to share the Good News in all seasons. In our fast-paced society, we must “stir into flame the gift of God” that is in us. This “stirring” occurs as we intentionally seek ways and opportunities to deepen our relationship with Jesus. In this workshop, our hope is to: recommit ourselves to journeying with the Lord through prayer, study of Scripture and Eucharist; identify the “faith stories” in us that have moved the mountains in our lives; and rediscover the art of sharing faith stories in our lived experience of daily life. For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands… For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.” 2 Timothy 1: 6-10 (Repeated in Workshops 201 and 301)

102 Spirituality of Administration
Ann Garrido, D. Min.

Administration is often critiqued both by those within and out of the profession as work that takes good, fun-loving people and turns them into anxious curmudgeons, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Speaking out of her own experience as an educational administrator and parish catechetical coordinator, Ann Garrido 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. (Repeated in Workshops 202 and 302) Sponsored by Ave Maria Press.

103 Is the New Evangelization Really So New?
Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C., D. Min.

The New Evangelization, a term first used by St. John Paul II, is an expansion on the teaching of Pope Paul VI in Evangelii Nuntiandi. Developed further by Pope Benedict XVI, the Synod on the New Evangelization, and now by Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, the New Evangelization finds its roots in the Gospel mandate to “Go and make disciples.” This mandate led to the great missionary efforts of the Church and to the call for renewal that came from the Second Vatican Council. This session will present the New Evangelization as a way of ongoing Church and personal renewal that can result in vibrant parishes with all the baptized living as missionary disciples. Sponsored by the Catholic Apostolate Center.

104 Spiritual Climate Change and How to Get There from Here
Sherry Weddell

Our new cultural climate has direct impact on efforts to make disciples of Jesus in our parishes. In this workshop, Sherry will consider this impact and the concrete steps we can take in our own communities to prepare the soil and foster growth toward fruitful discipleship. Sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor.

105 Preaching that Proclaims
Monsignor Rick Hilgartner, S.T.L.

The preacher faces the multi-faceted challenge of teaching the faith and inspiring the faithful to worship and to go forth as witnesses. This session will explore how the homily must, in the first place, be an act of worship even as it teaches, and will include practical suggestions for those who preach. (Repeated in Workshop 203)

106 Intercultural Competencies with Teens
Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, D. Min. (cand.)

This workshop unfolds six stages of intercultural sensitivity that help youth ministers engage teens from different cultural backgrounds in a profoundly Catholic missionary way. Participants will gain knowledge spirituality of engagement and mission will also be explored.

107 A Missionary Looks at Missionary Discipleship 
A Panel of Local Missionaries, facilitated by Dr. Mike Gable
Pope Francis has reminded us that every baptized Catholic faith is called to evangelize and to be a missionary disciple— that is, to both be in a relationship with our Lord and to go to the outskirts to preach the Gospel. So how do we as individuals and as parish communities become a dynamic and viable presence in the wider community? This workshop will focus on some practical actions and tools in order to implement the call to be a missionary disciple.  Panelists include: Dina Beach, Sue Keefe, Keith Pfaller, Fr. Neil Pezzulo (Glenmary Home Missioners), and Fr. Tom Hemm, CPPS. (Repeated in Workshop 304)

108 The Social Dimension of Evangelization
Jack Jezreel

To proclaim “Good News” in the tradition of Jesus is to proclaim the “Reign of God,” as he does. The Good News is the proclamation of what God is up to in this world: healing, restoring, and making whole all things. This is the work that translates as compassion, forgiveness, charity and justice. It’s a proclamation that necessarily mixes words with action. Come consider the ways our actions must be part of any effective evangelization of the world. Attendees will learn of some best practices for parish life and a tool to measure progress and steer parish planning. (Repeated in Workshops 204 and 303) Sponsored by JustFaith Ministries.

109 Forming Eucharistic Disciples
Brad Bursa & Courtney Brown

In his 2004 apostolic letter, St. John Paul II wrote, “The Eucharist not only provides the interior strength needed for this mission, but is also —in some sense—its plan.” This workshop will examine the essential role of the Eucharist – with a specific focus on the role of Eucharistic adoration – in the mission of the New Evangelization. We will discuss ways in which the faithful can be led to a personal encounter with Christ in the Eucharist, and formed through the encounter into Eucharistic disciples whose eyes are opened to the Mystery and whose hearts burn to proclaim it.

110 Context of Family in the New Missionary Age
Rev. Norm Langenbrunner & Colleen Gerke

As we gather for PROCLAIM, Pope Francis and bishops from around the world will be participating in a Synod entitled Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. Late in 2013, a survey was released from the Vatican, seeking input from clergy, religious and laity to help define the state of marriage and family life. In this workshop, Fr. Norm Langenbrunner and Colleen Gerke will examine some of the general trends emerging from this discussion of family life. What are the realities and beliefs of the families to whom we minister? How does this impact how we reach out and proclaim the good news?

111 The Holy Spirit and the New Evangelization
Bruce Murphy & Sr. Christine Edwards

This presentation will show the role of the Holy Spirit and the Charismatic Renewal in the New Evangelization, and share practical ways to integrate Charismatic spirituality into evangelization efforts.  It will include a brief historical development and theological grounding for the Charismatic Renewal.