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201 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 from Workshops 101 and 301)

202 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 from Workshop 102 and 202) Sponsored by Ave Maria Press.

203 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 from Workshop 105)

204 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 from Workshop 108) Sponsored by JustFaith Ministries.

205 Pastoral Planning for the New Evangelization: A Leadership Resource from the USCCB
Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C., D. Min.

The Pastoral Planning Guide for the New Evangelization is designed to be a roadmap to help parishes who wish to begin or continue their journey that has as its outcome the proclamation of Jesus Christ and an invitation to Christian discipleship. The Guide provides a strategic approach for planning and is enriched by the accompanying website. This session will present a road map that leaders can use to: create a pastoral plan for their specific community and to identify the rich inventory of pastoral and theological resources that already exist that can be adapted and integrated into existing initiatives. Sponsored by the Catholic Apostolate Center.

206 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 continued in workshop 309.)

207 Building Intercultural Competency
Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, D. Min. (cand.)

This workshop presents five guidelines for intercultural competency developed by the USCCB. Participants will explore the five guidelines through practical examples in the areas of intercultural knowledge, attitudes and skills. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to assess their own level of intercultural competency, and set some specific goals to become more interculturally competent leaders in their own ministerial area. (Repeated in Workshop 305)

208 Moving Members from Consumers to Contributing Disciples
Tom Corcoran

The Church is to be a movement and since the Church is people, it means that people need to move. In this session we will look at seven simple strategies to employ to move people from simply sitting in the pews to serving the mission of the Church.

209 Catholic Schools in a Changing Catholic Culture and Climate
Rev. Robert J. Hater           

This workshop is intended for Catholic school principals, teachers, other school personnel, and anyone interested in the future of Catholic education. Fr. Hater develops insights from his new books, Parish Guide to the New Evangelization and Common Sense Catechesis: Lessons from the Past: Road Map for the Future. He describes the changing culture and climate of Catholic education before and after Vatican II and during the past seventy years. He traces this history in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and elsewhere by using stories and personal insights. In particular, he considers the present climate of the Church and society, including the new world of technology, and how this climate influences Catholic education, especially catechetical ministry. His Common Sense Catechesis concludes by proposing a new model for catechesis – a common sense one.

210 Engaging Young Adults: Leading with Christ
Amy S. McEntee

Things young adults like: Christ, community, causes. Things young adults don’t like: Church. Understanding how young adults arrive at this dichotomy provides key insights into how to best engage them. Explore the young adult worldview and identify key opportunities to accompany young adults on the journey to Christ and His Church. (Repeated in Workshop 306)

211 Sacramental Ministry: Opportunities for Evangelization
Karen Kane

How do those seeking the sacraments meet Christ in preparation for and celebration of the sacraments?  How does the parish community enter the life-long journey of Christian living with those seeking the sacraments?  Discover new approaches to evangelization through revitalizing sacramental ministry at your parish.

212 Sports and Faith Formation:  A Great Opportunity to Win Young People, Dads and Moms
Greg (Dobie) Moser, D. Min.

It is easy to blame sports for taking the time and resources of parents away from the church. There is a more effective way to think about and respond to this challenge and opportunity. Consider how sports programs can be a great way to build Christian discipleship while bringing parents, faith leaders, and families together to grow disciples and strengthen parish and family life. (Repeated in Workshop 307)

213 CANCELLED: Please select another workshop.

214 New Media Panel: Lessons from the Field
Representatives from Local Parishes, hosted by Sean Ater

Julie Scott, St. Antoninus, Cincinnati
Fr. Satish Joseph, Associate Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Dayton & St. Helen, Riverside
Ryan Lopez, NET Ministries
How do we incorporate current modes of communication in helping us share the good news? Local practitioners of new media will share their lessons learned in using the latest tools and technology for evangelization.

215 Small Christian Communities: Vehicles for Evangelization
Joe Ollier 

As Pope Benedict XVI reminded us, the heart of the Good News is an encounter with the person of Jesus
Christ.  With this reality in mind, our efforts at the New Evangelization must make a personal encounter with Christ a key priority.  In this workshop, we will examine the unique way small faith communities can create
opportunities for those encounters, and thus bring people closer to Christ and his Church.