Religious Education Congress

Saturday Workshops - Period 5

March 1, 2003 • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.


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5-01 Not Another "Ice Breaker" … Ugh! Building Community with Young Adolescents
Mary Lee Becker
It is impossible to be Christian alone! Young adolescents know this instinctively – they "long to belong" and be a part of the group. So what’s the difference between a "clique" and a "community"? Discover the keys to building community with this self-conscious and self­expressive age group. Learn guiding principles and practical ideas for helping young adolescents feel comfortable, connected and cared about!

5-02 Five Great Heroes of the Bible … Who Happen To Be Women
Not all biblical heroes are male. Women play critical roles in the untold unfolding of God’s plan, and five of them are presented as the major agents by which God directs the fate of Israel. The five who will be treated are Rebecca, Ruth, Esther, Mary Magdalene, and Prisca, the co-worker of St. Paul.

Rev. Lawrence Boadt, C.S.P.
Los Angeles native Fr. Lawrence Boadt has taught at Fordham University and at St. John’s University. Since 1997, he has been Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the Washington Theological Union. Currently, he serves as President and Publisher of the Paulist Press in Mahwah, N.J., and resides at Good Shepherd Parish in New York City.

5-03 Maintaining an Active Presence in the Moral and Spiritual Growth of Your Teen
Busy working with other people’s children while barely hanging in there with your own? Given in a casual parent-to-parent style, this session aims to help all of us gain clarity and confidence in working with the spiritual growth of our own teens.

ichael Carotta, Ed.D.
Mike Carotta has spent more than 25 years working with adolescents as a religious educator, author, researcher, parent and volunteer coach. He is currently National Catechetical Advisor for Harcourt Religion Publishers. Author of numerous articles, he conducts national seminars and has been a keynote and workshop presenter at many national and regional Catholic conferences. He was one of three Americans asked by the U.S. bishops to facilitate the catechetical sessions for World Youth Day in Paris.

5-04 Gospel Women: New Models of Church and Authority for Troubled Times
Gregory D. Comella, C.P.P.S.
A deeper call during the current crisis/sex scandal in the Catholic Church is to inquire contemplatively as to whether our Scriptures point us to see and acknowledge alternative ways of gathering and making decisions. This workshop will suggest that Gospel Women provide images and narratives that help us understand Church identity and authority in new and livable ways.

5-05 Teaching Good Liturgy and Music Skills to Our Young Generation
The key to good liturgical formation for students of parish and school religious programs is to have a solid relationship between music teachers and the diocese’s Office of Liturgy. Come and listen to some musical examples and discuss some ideas to implement this in your parish.

Jaime Cortez
Liturgical musician Jaime Cortez is presently Music Director of St. Bridget Church in Arizona. His work has focused on bilingual communities, and through his ministry and travel he works to join the Hispanic culture with other cultures throughout the United States. Cortez performs as a recording artist and has a number of pieces published, including a new compilation of Spanish, English and bilingual music entitled "Sacramentos."

5-06 Real Presence, Eucharist and Justice
Many Catholics limit their understanding of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ to the Sacred Species. However, this has consequences on our personal piety. In this talk, Fr. Michael Crosby will discuss the fuller meaning of the Real Presence and how justice must define our liturgical piety.

Michael H. Crosby, O.F.M.Cap.
Michael Crosby, a Capuchine Franciscan, is currently a Retreat Director. He lives with four other Capuchins in downtown Milwaukee among the poor. He has written 13 books – including "The Prayer that Jesus Taught Us" and " ‘Do You Love Me?’ Jesus Questions the Church" – and lectures extensively around the world.

5-07 The Ongoing Catechumenate – Not an Option!
This presentation will explain why an ongoing, year-round catechumenate process is the only way to implement the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults faithfully. Suggestions will be offered about how to transition from an academic year model to an ongoing process.

Rev. Robert D. Duggan
Fr. Robert D. Duggan, a presbyter in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has taught at the Washington Theological Union, The Catholic University of America, and the University of Notre Dame. His current ministry is Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg, Md. Fr. Duggan has lectured widely and is an author of books and a regular column in Church magazines.

5-08 Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality
There is a vital need in our church and culture to reclaim an affirming sense of human sexuality. Spirituality and sexuality are intended to be friends, not enemies. Intimacy is the holy and gifted ground of our relationships. We can experience deeper joy and delight in our lives when we see the erotic as a sacred energy that shapes all facets of our living. This workshop explores the practical ways that we are called whatever our gender, age, orientation or vocational path to embrace a generative and loving way of being fully human.

Fran Ferder
Fran Ferder, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and Professor in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. She maintains a busy schedule of national and international speaking engagements and writing. Her latest book, with Rev. John Heagle, is "Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality."

Rev. John Heagle
For 16 years John Heagle, along with Fran Ferder, has served as Co-Director of Therapy and Renewal Associates (TARA), located in Seattle, Wash. He also teaches in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University and maintains a full national and international speaking schedule. The former pastor has authored two books on his own and those with Fran Ferder.

5-09 After the Flame: Lessons from the Crucible of Death
Death is the most devastating experience. Yet there are indispensable lessons that can only be learned from death and grief. If you have shared the pain of loss through a death, if you minister with the bereaved, or if you want to prepare yourself for a death experience, come be inspired by someone who has been there herself and has led others on the journey. For this brief time, face death to learn about life.

Amy Florian
Amy Florian is widely skilled in parish ministry, with more than 25 years of experience in liturgy, bereavement and religious education. Currently a liturgy and bereavement consultant in the Chicago Archdiocese, Florian conducts workshops, missions and training sessions on parish, diocesan and national levels. She has published several articles and authored a book on celebrating ritual with children.

5-10 New Foundations for a Theology of Ministry
Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz
The flowering of lay ministries is one of the great gifts bequeathed to the Church by the Second Vatican Council. However, conflicts still remain in working out the proper relationship between ordained ministry and the ministry of the baptized. This presentation will offer a vision of Christian ministry that can nourish a fruitful relationship between the ordained and the baptized ministries.

5-11 The Holy Spirit: A Job Description
Knowing who the Holy Spirit is and what the Spirit does is key to experiencing the "payoff" of the Sacrament of Confirmation and to understanding Parts One and Two of the Catechism of the Catholic Church – "The Profession of Faith" and "The Celebration of the Christian Ministry." Dr. Paul Ford will share insights gained in a decade of teaching pneumatology, the theology of the Holy Spirit.

Paul Ford
A "cradle" Catholic, Paul Ford is Professor of Theology and Liturgy at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif. An international authority on the life and writings of C.S. Lewis, Ford has taught, since 1978, at Fuller Seminary, Loyola Marymount University and Mount St. Mary’s College. The chant scholar, cantor and choir director appears frequently at the Religious Education Congress and the Young Adult and Liturgy conferences and is a workshop and retreat director throughout California.

5-12 A Child Shall Lead Them: Celebrating & Praying the Word with Children
Paule Freeburg, D.C.
If you love children and want to share God’s Word with them, you are invited to bring your enthusiasm and your questions. This workshop will demonstrate how to celebrate God’s Word in two settings – the Sunday assembly and the catechetical session (Catholic school or parish program). We will share actual experiences of celebrating the Word and responses of children. Topics of discussion will include: reflecting and proclaiming the Word to children, principles for adapting the Word for children, the role of music, creeds for children, and recruiting and preparing leaders for Liturgy of the Word.

5-13 Encountering Jesus, Discovering Discipleship
Jesus calls people and then sends them as disciples. The initiative belongs to God (Jesus) and the response to the disciple. We look at how people in the Gospels encounter Jesus, come to faith, and are sent out as disciples. Then we can apply these lessons to ourselves today.

Anthony J. Gittins, C.S.Sp.
Anthony Gittins, a Holy Ghost Father (Spiritans), is currently the Bishop F.X. Ford Professor of Missiology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. A former teacher of theological anthropology, Fr. Gittins has served as retreat preacher, public speaker and workshop leader. British by birth, he travels and teaches widely.

5-14 Teaching as Jesus Taught
Thomas Groome
As religious educators, we are always apprentices to the Master Teacher, Jesus. This workshop will review both what and how Jesus taught as the model for how to carry on our catechetical ministry, especially in times like these.

5-15 Looking at Criminal Justice Through Eyes of Faith
A panel – comprised of a prison warden, a murder victim’s family member, a former inmate and family members of inmates – will share their experiences of the criminal justice system and help us look at a Gospel response to all those impacted by this system.

Fr. George Horan & Panel
Since his ordination, Fr. George Horan has served for 16 years as a county jail Chaplain. For the past seven years, he has been Associate Director of Detention Ministry and Catholic Liaison for the Los Angeles County Jails. A previous Congress speaker, Fr. Horan is a frequent presenter on the death penalty and other criminal justice topics.

5-16 The Catechist and Spirituality
Most Rev. Howard J. Hubbard
In this session, Bishop Howard Hubbard will focus on the call and the ministry of the catechist, the spirituality of the catechist, and the qualities needed for contemporary catechetical ministry. (This is a repeat of Session 4-14.)

5-17 Music in Sacred Moments with Children
Carey Landry & Carol Jean Kinghorn
Using the new music of "Hi God 5" and many of their prayerful songs for children, Carey Landry and Carol Jean Kinghorn will demonstrate how music can be used in various forms of prayer with children, quiet times of meditation and joyful classroom celebrations.

5-18 Celebrating African-American Holy Days
Eva Marie Lumas, S.S.S.
Effective catechesis and liturgy in the African-American community require catechists and liturgical ministers to interpret African-American "special days" as holy days and celebrate them well! This workshop will propose strategies and resources for Africentric liturgical catechesis.

5-19 Vocation: The Difference Between House and Home
Patricia M. McCormack, Ed.D.
Is parenting primarily a job or a calling? The answer distinguishes a house from a home. This session will explore the meaning of vocation, the role of parents as primary teachers, and essential elements for making a happy home. The presentation may serve as a model for replication in parish settings.

5-20 Communication: A Guide to Effective Collaboration
Loughlan Sofield, S.T.
This presentation will explore some practical aspects of collaboration. It will look at the role of self-esteem and anger as major issues that affect communication.

5-21 Native American Spirituality
Join in an exploration of Native American spirituality through story, song and humor. This Chumash/O’odham family welcomes participants into their tribal cultural world, sharing with them their ancient covenant with our Creator God.

Georgiana Sanchez
Georgiana Sanchez is a Chumash/O’odham storyteller and nationally published writer. She teaches full time for American Indian Studies at California State University, Long Beach and is invited to numerous conferences and gatherings as keynote speaker, lecturer and workshop presenter. Since 1996, she has participated in ecumenical dialogues on Native American spirituality with the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns.

Susan Diaz
Susan Diaz, a Chumash/O’odham, is a wife and mother of five – and grandmother of 26. A storyteller, workshop presenter, retreat master and lecturer, she now works at her lifelong dream of hospice work for TrinityCare with Little Company of Mary in Torrance, Calif.

Patricia Estrada
Pat Estrada is a Chumash/O’odham wife, mother and grandmother of 11. After more than 30 years of service as a Master Catechist for the Los Angeles Archdiocese and as a parish DRE she has retired and is now a presenter and storyteller. Her interest remains in working with Native American Catholic youth living on the reservations near to her home in Riverside, Calif.

Sarah Koyo
Sarah Kayo is a storyteller and singer of Chumash songs. She has been called one of the "emerging voices" of the California Indian Storytelling Association.

Mary Moreno
Mary Moreno is an educator and storyteller. She is a mentor of practicum teachers at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, Calif., and a facilitator for workshops and yearly RCIA retreats. She is a member of the California Indian Storytelling Association.

Joseph J. Moreno, Jr.
John Moreno is a Chumash/O’odham of indigenous heritage. An artist/painter of Chumash spirit art and a singer/songwriter and storyteller, this husband and father of two daughters is the Chumash language keeper for his family and has been working with linguists to reawaken the Barbareno Chumash language. He is a member of the Barbareno Chumash Council and the California Indian Storytelling Association.

5-22 A Restoring Spirit – Standing in the Need of Prayer
One of the two great themes of the lenten season is repentance – our "standing in the need of prayer." This workshop will examine the two key concepts centered around repentance: sin and reconciliation. Concrete suggestions will be made for celebrating Reconciliation in a variety of settings: individually and communally, with youth, among African-Americans and multiculturally.

Rev. J-Glenn Murray, S.J.
Fr. J-Glenn Murray is Director of the Office of Pastoral Liturgy for the Cleveland Diocese. He was the principal drafter of "Plenty Good Room: The Spirit and Truth of African American Catholic Worship," a document from the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Liturgy and the Black Catholic Secretariat. In addition to his other duties, Fr. Murray maintains a busy national speaking schedule.

5-23 Toward a Poetics of Dreaming . . .
Hundreds of thousands of years before we ever came to Earth, God was dreaming our lives and who we would be. Then, we were born and entered into the gift path of the life dreamed for us. We spend at least one-third of our lives in the secret world of sleep. The dreamed life is rich with every kind of possibility. By contrast, our lives abroad in the day are narrow, predictable and limited. We force ourselves to be who we are expected to be. In this session, we will explore how dreaming could deepen our spirituality, how the rich life of the night might be sistered with the thin life of the day, and how the vision of dreaming might bring us into the tenderness of God, the primal Dreamer.

Rev. John O’Donohue
Irish poet and acclaimed author, John O’Donohue was born in the Burren region of County Clare, Ireland. His popularity stems from his international best-seller, "Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom." He travels widely throughout the United States and Europe, lecturing and leading seminars.

5-24 Catholic Christian Morality: Life, Love, Loyalty & Laughter
Richard Sparks, C.S.P.
Remember the days of Catholic "lists"? The 7 Sacraments, 10 Commandments, 3 theological virtues, 7 gifts of the Spirit, 12 fruits, 4 evangelists, 12 Apostles, and 8 Beatitudes. I’d like to offer a new list – the 4 Ls – the keys to sound, solid, approachable Catholic morality. This promises to be a life-giving, love-inspiring, loyalty enhancing and laughter-evoking look at the basics of teaching morality.

5-25 The Spiritual Storytellers
The connection between storyteller and listener is holy. Recognizing this holy connection is a beginning step to witness the grace that comes with the stories we tell. Learn about ways to be open to the Holy Spirit during your storytelling as preacher, teacher or lector. Come share your experiences of witnessing God’s presence in your storytelling.

J. Thomas Sparough
Tom Sparough, "The Space Painter," is a freelance performer, writer, storyteller and facilitator. He is an entertainment minister who tells stories and illustrates them with juggling, performing at keynotes, parish missions and retreats. The former performer/writer (with the Fountain Square Fools) and teacher (at the University of Cincinnati) has been a full-time speaker and teacher of the juggling arts since 1988.

5-26 Foundations of Multiculturalism: A View of Acts
Ronald D. Witherup, S.S.
Although the Acts of the Apostles is read in the liturgical year every Easter season, it is a book that receives little attention from educators and preachers. This workshop will examine the Acts from the perspective of its remarkable lessons on multiculturalism. Ancient words can affect modern deeds!

5-27 Heroes and Heroines of the Gospels: The Men and Women Around Jesus
The Gospels provide us with a variety of male and female characters who surround Jesus; some are identified, while others are unnamed. These are the heroes and heroines of the Gospels who relate to Jesus in a variety of ways and are often models for discipleship and the practice of faith. This workshop will explore some of these characters and their interaction with Jesus in an attempt to better acquaint participants with each of them as role models for living and practicing one’s faith in Jesus.

Arthur E. Zannoni
Arthur Zannoni is a Scripture scholar, theologian, author, editor, workshop leader and a master teacher. He conducts adult education programs, parish missions and retreats based on the Bible. An award-winning freelance writer, he is editor of two books, author of four, and has contributed articles to a variety of publications. In addition, he has served as a consultant to several Catholic publishing companies.


John-Francis Cha Toàn, S.J.

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