Jesus chided the Pharisees and Sadducees, “You know how to judge the appearance of the sky, but you cannot judge the signs of the times.” For those who work in the vineyard, the climate is critical; but isn’t determined by the sky. We will examine the ministry climate,
consider the seasons, and prepare to go back into the vineyard. Can we affect the forecast?
Dr. Carole Eipers is vice president and Executive Director of Catechetics for William H. Sadlier, Inc. She served in parish ministries for more than twenty years as a teacher, director of religious education, youth minister, and pastoral associate. Carole was Director of the Office for Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Chicago for nine years and also served as president of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. She has been a member of the adjunct faculties of Mundelein Seminary, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University New Orleans, and Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. She has written and presented for national and international groups in the area of catechetics. Carole holds a master of pastoral studies degree from Loyola University, Chicago, and a doctor of ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana.
Friday, June 1, 2012, 10:30 AM
Grace in a Competitive World
We live in a society dominated by ranking and defined by success in competition. How do we conduct ourselves with grace and a capacity for others? Can we approach competition in a way that promotes positive growth and contribution to others?
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo assumed the position of CEO and president of Catholic Relief Services in January 2012. Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, it has expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries on five continents. Before CRS, she served as the dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame in 1997. Dr. Woo previously served as Associate Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University. She joined Purdue as an Assistant Professor in 1981, became a full professor in 1991 and directed the Professional Master Degree Programs in the Krannert School of Management from 1993 to 1995.
Saturday, June 2, 10:00 AM
Inviting Others to Ministry
We believe that God’s calling is the root of all ministry, but God depends on us to invite people to grow in faith and to help them develop discipleship skills and a maturing faith even as they are sent into the world to invite others. We must ask ourselves: How do we encourage and empower people to live their baptismal call to ministry and to consider lay ecclesial ministry? How can we invite younger disciples into ministry as current lay ministers grow older? How can we be more inclusive in our call so that the cultural diversity of the Church is reflected among lay ministers? Join us as we look at who is ministering and reflect on how we can empower others to pursue ministerial service within the Church.
A native of San Francisco, Bishop John C. Wester was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. After his priestly ordination, many facets of ministry in the Church followed in the Bay Area that included assignments as an associate pastor, pastor, high school faculty member, director of campus ministry, high school president, assistant superintendent for high schools, and administrative assistant to the Archbishop. In 1998, Wester was ordained auxiliary bishop of San Francisco and appointed vicar general. From 2005-2006, Bishop Wester served as the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He was named Bishop of Salt Lake City in 2007.
Friday June 1,
Dan Misleh, Greener than the Pope? Michael Howard, Opening Your Eyes in Your Ministry Marianne Evans Mount, PhD, Formation in the New Evangelization Through Technology Mark Moitoza, Welcoming Wounded Warriors Home Dr. Pat Fosarelli, Ministry to the Ill and Dying: A Physician-Theologian Perspective
Robert McCarty, Leadership in the Faith Community: The Dance of Professionalism and Passion
Saturday June 2
Margaret Alarilla, The New Evangelization: What's So New About It? D. Scott Miller, How Youth Ministry Evangelizes the Whole Church Robert Brancatelli, Entrepreneurial Discipleship: Having Faith in the Marketplace Lee Nagel, FEED YOUR HOPES…even if your cupboards are bare!