RECongress 2003Religious Education Congress

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February 28, 2003 • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.


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1-01 Single Parent Family Ministry: A Need In Our Parishes
There are many single parents with their children in our Catholic parishes. A great number of these folks feel disconnected and feel slighted in our churches. In this workshop, Fr. Tom Allender will present the content utilized in evangelizing the Catholic community about the need of Single Parent Family Ministries. Sr. Agatha Faimon will explain the techniques and methodologies possible within a parish setting.

Rev. Tom Allender, S.J.
Fr. Tom Allender has worked in a variety of fields from high school to college as a teacher and administrator. A former parish priest, he has served in the Chicago ghettos and the Indian reservations in Washington. Also an author, he has written "The God Within" and "God Loves an Unmade Bed." For the past 19 years, he has been involved in parish evangelization/renewals in more than 800 parishes in 45 different states.

Sr. Agatha Faimon, C.H.S.
Sr. Agatha Faimon has ministered on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the Sioux in South Dakota. She has worked in the inner city with the African-American community in San Diego. For the past 30-plus years, she has served as a pastoral assistant in California parishes. Sr. Faimon has 15 years of teaching and 35 years of organizing, developing and promoting various parish ministries – one of the most recent being Ministry to Single Parent Families.

1-02 The Sexual Abuse Scandal and Young Adult Catholics: Where Do We Go From Here?
How are "active" and "inactive" young adult Catholics in your area responding to the present Church scandal? What are different ways that ministry can respond to these young adult questions and concerns? Please come ready for conversation as we discuss concrete challenges to and opportunities for ministry in a wounded church.

Dr. Tom Beaudoin
Tom Beaudoin is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College. He has taught at colleges around the country and speaks internationally at theology and ministry conferences. He is the author of "Virtual Faith" and plays bass for the rock band "Mother Cruiser."

1-03 The Necessity of Forgiveness: The Possibility of Reconciliation
Based on extensive doctoral research, Fr. Patrick Brennan will explore the process of real-life forgiveness as well as the needed ingredients of empathy, decision-making and the gratuitous nature of forgiving. Forgiveness’ impact on stress, hostility and depression will also be explored. When and how forgiveness can lead to real-life, existential reconciliation will also be discussed, as well as when reconciliation is not recommended. How all of this could and should lead to a sacramental encounter will also be studied.

Rev. Patrick Brennan
Fr. Patrick Brennan, a priest for nearly three decades, is Pastor of Holy Family Church in Alverness, Ill. He is currently specializing in "re-imaging" parishes to help develop evangelization and build genuine experiences of community. A licensed psychologist, he also serves as President of the National Center for Evangelization and Parish Renewals.

1-04 Will There Be Faith on Earth? The Church and the Next Generation
The church is facing a crisis in leadership, on a national, diocesan and parish level. At the same time, we are losing many of the strong leaders from our young adult population. Is it possible that their spirituality (and we all know they are spiritual) is issuing a call to conversion in the church? What can we learn as parents and pastoral ministers from our young adults’ extended presence in our homes and extended absence from our churches? Is there a particular revelation their generation has to offer all of us?

Dr. Kathleen O’Connell Chesto
Kathleen Chesto is a storyteller of insights on the holiness of ordinary life. She holds a doctorate in ministry and a master’s in theology and has been actively involved in family ministry and religious education for 30 years. Dr. Chesto presently leads parish retreats throughout the United States and Canada. She has produced numerous books and videos on faith, prayer and family life and has received several national awards for her work.

1-05 Even Darkness is Held by Light
How can we open our eyes to the potential blessing inside sorrow? How do you stop resisting your life in order to live from an entirely new place?

Paula D’Arcy
Paula D’Arcy, a licensed therapist, is an author, retreat leader and internationally known speaker. Her ministry grew from personal tragedy, when at the age of 27 she lost her husband and 21-month-old daughter in a drunk driving accident. She and the child with whom she was three months pregnant survived. Her latest book, released in fall 2002, is titled "A New Set of Eyes."

1-06 Catholic Christian: The Sacramental Perspective
Two powerful and complementary perspectives – the Catholic and the Protestant – shape the face of Christianity in the United States. Peering under doctrinal differences, this session will pose several helpful paradigms for thinking about the importance of keeping "the Catholic perspective" alive and vibrant in our national dialogue.

Nancy A. Dallavalle
Dr. Nancy Dallavalle is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. Because of her ongoing work on Catholic feminism, she has produced several articles and was funded by a Christian Faith and Life Sabbatical Grant from the Louisville Institute. She is co-chair of the Roman Catholic Studies Group at the American Academy of Religion and serves as a cantor and eighth-grade catechist at her local parish.

1-07 Refreshing the Vision for Youth Ministry
We have had five years to implement the bishops’ document, "Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry." What do we see now? In this session, we will explore comprehensive youth ministry and examine what needs to be done to realize the vision more fully.

Carole M. Eipers, D.Min.
Dr. Carole Eipers is the Director of Catechetics for William H. Sadlier, Inc. She has served in parish ministries for over 20 years as a teacher, Director of Religious Education, youth minister and pastoral associate. She was Director of the Office for Catechesis in Chicago for nine years and also served as President of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. Eipers has written and presented extensively in the area of catechetics.

1-08 A Spirituality of Love, Joy, Need, Fear, Sorrow and Anger
Fr. Bob Fabing will use his insights to explore our life experiences of love, joy, need, fear, sorrow and anger. The specific problems addressed in this session: Where is God in my experience of these emotions? Where is my God while I am "being tossed about" in my deep experience of love, joy, need, fear, sorrow and anger? How can I find God as I experience such deep emotions? Fr. Bob Fabing will explore a method of prayer that will address these questions and will present a habit of reflecting on our inner emotional life and the Presence of God therein. He will use music from his new album, "Shadow of My Wings," to bring to light these themes.

Bob Fabing, S.J.
Fr. Bob Fabing has founded 37 marriage counseling and family therapy centers from San Diego, Calif., to Portland, Ore., through the Jesuit Institute for Family Life Network. He is Director of the 36-Day Program in the Spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola at the Jesuit Retreat House in Los Altos, Calif., where he lives. He is also author and composer of eight liturgical music compilations.

1-09 Seeing God With Fresh Eyes
We live in a time of change in our society, in our church, and in our world. What about our symbols and images of the Divine? Are they continuing to change or have they grown? This workshop will examine how we understand the Incarnation as the Divine Presence in human reality, how the Word became flesh so that we might know God’s love and experience God’s liberating power. We will explore dogmas of Incarnation and redemption that will speak to the experience of contemporary Christians.

Rev. Richard Fragomeni
Since 1990, Fr. Richard Fragomeni has taught at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he now is Associate Professor of Liturgy and Homiletics, and Chairperson of the Department of Word and Worship. He has been active in parish renewals and diocesan workshops and has been keynote, speaker or presenter at many national events. Fr. Fragomeni has contributed articles to a variety of journals.

1-10 Human Sexuality: A Catechetical Paradigm
The Church’s most recent "dark night of the soul" has shown us that there is a need for a paradigm shift in our approach to human sexuality. This session will propose a model for addressing human sexuality and Christian responsibility. It will address explicitly such heterosexual and homosexual issues as "hooking up," "loco nasty" and sexual abuse.

Greer Gordon
Dr. Greer Gordon is the Director of the Frederick Douglass Unity House and a member of the faculty of the Department of African/African American Studies and Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. The Baton Rouge, La., native is a former teacher, religious education director and consultant.

1-11 Keeping On As Catechists
Times of crisis and confusion put a special strain on catechists, the frontline troops of the Church’s educational ministry. This workshop will review some of the spiritual resources that can sustain us to keep on teaching our Catholic faith in times like these.

Thomas H. Groome
Tom Groome is Senior Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College. The award-winning author has written a half-dozen books and more than 100 articles and essays. In the past 25 years, he has made over 500 public presentations, including keynote addresses at all the major conferences of religious educators in North America, both Catholic and Protestant.

1-12 Praying From Folk Tales and Other Stories
Children love stories! In this session there will be stories told, talked about, and prayed. The "how to" lead children into meditation and contemplative prayer will be practiced and noted. You will know success when the children complain that you don’t pray enough with them!

Marlene Halpin, O.P., Ph.D.
Marlene Halpin is a teacher with experience from kindergarten through graduate school and adult education and is presently Catechetical Consultant for Loyola Press in Chicago. Author of 18 books, she has been a lecturer/facilitator for professional and religious groups, both regional and national, in 34 states, Canada, England and New Zealand. Sr. Halpin is currently helping to set up a spirituality center in a large, Chicago day-care center.

1-13 Many Voices, One Text
The Bible is a sacred story as well as a product of culture. It tells the stories of many different people and their experience of God. It is also read and interpreted by many different people down through the ages in their experience of God. Cultural studies on the Bible helps to bring that diversity and plurality to bear upon the text and its interpretation. This session will explore how "Cultural Studies of the Bible" helps to accommodate the rich diversity of our global church.

Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza
Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza is an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, Calif. Previously an instructor at the University of Portland and at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, she has written and lectured extensively on the Bible, biblical prophets, culture, and women’s issues in biblical interpretation.

1-14 Sharing a Game Plan for Life With Teens
After decades of helping mold teenagers into adults as a highly successful football coach, including a national championship as coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Lou Holtz shares a common-sense message with teens in an easily understood game plan for life. In this talk, Coach Holtz tells catechists, teachers, coaches, administrators, parents, and all who live and work with teens how to apply and communicate this message of sacrifice, commitment, taking responsibility and setting goals.

Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz is Head Football Coach at the University of South Carolina. He is also a nationally recognized motivational speaker and author of "A Teen’s Game Plan for Life." Holtz is the first coach to lead four different schools to Top 20 finishes. He coached the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996, winning the national championship in 1988.

1-15 The Eucharist in Mark’s Gospel
In this session, we will closely examine the Last Supper/Lord’s Supper in Mark’s Gospel (4:17-26), which refers to the breaking of the bread (Mark 6:34-52; 8:1-21) and the drinking of the cup (Mark 10:35-40).

Eugene LaVerdiere, S.S.S.
Fr. Eugene LaVerdiere, a member of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, is Senior Editor of Emmanuel magazine and National Secretary of the Pontifical Missionary Union for the Clergy and Religious. He is also an Adjunct Professor of New Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union and a distinguished lecturer at Fordham University. He is author of numerous books, publications, dictionary entries, articles, a syndicated column, as well as audio and video cassettes.

1-16 Mass Confusion in the Music of Mass
"Praise & Worship"? Choir? Band? Ensemble? Super Cantor? Drums? Are we still Catholic? Youth mass, Spanish mass, multicultural mass, straight mass, gay and lesbian mass, young adult mass – mass confusion! Is it performance or proclamation? Entertainment or empowerment? Come for some observations, suggestions and possible solutions.

Jesse Manibusan
Presenter, workshop clinician, composer, performer – Jesse Manibusan is a familiar face at the L.A. Congress and conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Focused on youth and young adult ministry, liturgy and music, his appearances as emcee, keynote and speaker have him traveling extensively throughout the year. Manibusan wrote the 2003 Religious Education Congress Theme Song, "Bearer of Hope, Restoring Spirit."

1-17 Family Essentials for Positive Soul Formation
If soul formation practices are applied with consistency, repetition and continuity, positive identity formation will take root, and the product will be a fertile soul that supports positive self-esteem, conscience development, a vibrant spirituality, and a character that can withstand peer pressure. This session will transform theory into useful practice and support the soul formation efforts of parents and teachers.

Patricia M. McCormack, Ed.D.
Dr. Pat McCormack is an Associate of the Center for Catholic Education at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She is currently Director of Formative Parenting Support Services in Delaware and a consultant in formation education issues. An experienced teacher and public speaker, McCormack authors "Parent Partnership Handbook," a feature of Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine.

1-18 Tipping Points for Building Strategic Readers
This session will highlight nearly 20 ways teachers can create conditions for students to become engaged and take risks for improving their reading. Participants will engage in the KIVA process to discern personal reading and teach practices, and then they will role-play "tipping points" for enhancing their teaching.

Dr. Robert A. Pavlik
Bob Pavlik’s career as a teacher, professor, administrator and author spans 37 years. He renewed his K-12 teaching experiences during a recent sabbatical, experimenting with Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Today, he is Director of the School Design and Development Center, Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, which helps schools transform their programs and various groups open new schools.

1-19 Celebrating the Eucharist Around a Round Table
How does one celebrate the Eucharist as a memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection in Asia? How can the Eucharist be celebrated in Asia as "a sacrament of love, a song of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet"?

Dr. Peter C. Phan
Dr. Peter Phan, a native of Vietnam, is a priest of the Dallas Diocese. He has served as President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and is currently the Warren-Blanding Professor of Religion and Culture in the Department of Religion and Religious Education at The Catholic University of America. Author of several books, his latest is titled "The Asian Synod."

1-20 Teaching the Virtue of Hope to Young People
How do you teach a virtue that is far less tangible than faith or love? Creatively! This workshop is designed to give participants who work with young people creative ideas for using prayer, Scripture and activities not only to teach hope but also to encourage growth in hope. We will explore our own reasons for having hope as well!

Ken Doran
Ken Doran has 25 years experience in catechetical ministry and is currently Sales Representative for William H. Sadlier, Inc. Teaching certification courses for the past 11 years, he is also Master Catechist for the Diocese of Camden, N.J., as well as fifth-grade and Communion catechist at Holy Saviour Parish in Westmont, N.J. The former high school teacher has been a workshop presenter at numerous national and diocesan catechetical congresses.

1-21 U.N. Attacks on Life, Faith and Family
The United Nations and other international organizations are advancing a social policy that is harmful to the religious tradition, the traditional family, and unborn children. A coalition of states, including the Holy See, has moved to stop this travail.

Austin Ruse
Austin Ruse is President of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. He is also founder and President of the John Paul II Center for the Study of International Organizations. Ruse regularly briefs the White House and the U.S. House and Senate on U.N. matters and appears frequently on television, radio and in print. His U.N. expertise has him travelling and lecturing throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Far East and Europe.

1-22 Teens Are Ready For Some Good News
Young people are struggling in their lives just like some adults are. They are ready for some good news. Learn how to meet their needs by hearing God’s messages all around them. You will walk away with a guaranteed approach of reaching young people. Let’s make the Gospel relevant to our young people. The Church has what they are searching for; let’s help them find this out.

Anna Scally
A workshop and youth rally speaker, youth ministry training consultant and disc jockey, Anna Scally has made over 2,000 public presentations at youth rallies, training events, retreats and adult education days, including major conferences for religious educators in North America. Scally, President of Cornerstone Media, is also a columnist for their "Top Music Countdown" quarterly poster.

1-23 Biblical Vision of the Christian Vocation
Every Christian has a "vocation" to follow the way of Jesus. The Bible has a rich and profound understanding of the call to life and to service. This session will trace the various notions of "call" in the biblical literature and reflect on its meaning for Christian life today.

Donald Senior, C.P.
Donald Senior, a member of the Passionist Congregation, is President of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also Professor of New Testament. A frequent lecturer and speaker throughout the United States and abroad, Fr. Senior has published extensively on biblical topics, with numerous books and articles for both scholarly and popular audiences. In 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

1-24 In a Poetic Minefield: Problems with Psalms
The Psalms are treasured poems of faith and piety in the Old Testament – but there is more than meets the eye! Come explore some of the "subversive" Psalms.

Dr. Daniel L. Smith-Christopher
Dr. Daniel Christopher teaches Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) in the Theological Studies Department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he is also Director of Peace Studies. He has several published scholarly articles, reviews, chapters and books and lectures widely in the United States. He appears frequently in conferences of the Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and United Methodist churches throughout Southern California.

1-25 Character Matters: A Discussion on the Importance of Building Character in Children
Come and hear Pam Stenzel’s insights and share her knowledge in the difficult task of raising emotionally healthy children.

Pam Stenzel
Pam Stenzel, as President of the Core-Alliance Group, speaks to more than 500,000 teens a year about the issues of sexuality and the importance of abstinence. She is also Director of Alpha Women’s Center in Minneapolis, a counseling center for women undergoing crisis pregnancies. Her curriculum, "Sex, Love and Relationships," received the 1999 Crown Award for Curriculum of the Year.

1-26 A Moral Response to Terrorism
Terrorism is a real threat to our lives, families, nation and world. But is the current "war on terrorism" the best response? Is there another way to fight terrorism? What are the roots of terrorism, and how do we deal with them? Can non-violence meet this challenge and respond to the most difficult situations in the world today, like the Middle East? What are the possibilities for such ideas as a "new Marshall Plan" for developing countries? This session will explore alternatives to the war on terrorism that may be both more effective and consistent with our biblical faith.

Jim Wallis
Jim Wallis – author, preacher and activist – is currently Editor in Chief of Sojourners magazine and Convener of the Call to Renewal Network. A regular contributor on ethics and public life for MSNBC Online, Wallis is also author of numerous books and columns which have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines. He travels extensively both here and abroad, organizing, preaching, debating, and leading seminars and retreats.


Rev. Joseph Hoa Trinh

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