2012 NCCL Conference

I am very excited to announce that I will be attending and speaking at the 2012 NCCL Conference in San Diego! I’ll be speaking at two sessions of the conference:

  • Embrace New Methods (Tuesday, May 8 at 9:10a): This TED-style keynote address will focus on adapting our catechetical methods in an information-based society.
  • Resistance is Futile: The Catechetical Benefits of Being Assimilated by the Digital Culture (Tuesday, May 8 at 3:30p): In this learning session I will expand on the theme of my keynote by asking the question “How is the information revolution changing expectations of catechesis and catechetical leaders?” I will also examine five trends in the “digital culture” and how they may help parishes support adult faith formation.

In addition to these events I will also be attending the National Association of Catechetical Media Professionals (NACMP) session the morning of May 6 and hosting a Catholic Tweet-Up at 9p on May 8. (More information on the Tweet-Up will be posted next month.)

If you’ll be at the conference be sure and stop me to say hello!

How Young Catholics Will Save the Church

Last night I had the pleasure to present a Theology on Tap talk at St. Boniface parish in Edwardsville, IL. Entitled “How Young Catholics Will Save the Church,” it was my own thoughts on the gifts young Catholics bring to the Church and how those gifts will help the process of renewal in the Church. While I didn’t have an opportunity to make a video recording of the talk (I forgot my tripod!) I did have an audio recorder going.

As I warned the group last night, these thoughts are in no way systematically laid out; they are closer to an extended  reflection  based on my own experiences as a young adult Catholic and what I have gleaned from other sources. I welcome any critique or correction to these thoughts.

Click to Play: How Young Catholics will Save the Church

Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference – November 7-8

If you are in the central Illinois area — or can get here easily! — I’d like to invite you to the Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference being held November 7-8, 2010, in Decatur, Illinois. My office sponsors this conference (held every-other year) for the benefit of all adults Catholics in our diocese.

The theme of this year’s conference, œEntering the Mystery, Renewing the People,  reflects the importance of the liturgy in the life of the Church. We hope that, through the general sessions and breakout workshops, we will lay the groundwork as we prepare to implement the Roman Missal, Third Edition in our diocese.

Our keynote speaker is Fr. Richard Fragomeni; his two general sessions will open up the theme of the conference and explore how we are formed by our participation in the Church’s liturgical life. Our closing address will be given by Fr. Paul Turner, who will speak about the forthcoming changes to the Mass.

I will be offering two breakout sessions this year:

Administration as Service: Practicing Leadership in the Light of Christ
In 2006 Jonathan Sullivan met a woman who would change his understanding of what it means to be an administrator in the Church. Come discover her story, best practices for Catholic leadership and the single most important responsibility of administrators. An ideal session for principals, DREs and pastoral associates.

Marketing Your School Online
The internet offers a wide variety of options for marketing your school ” so many options that it can be overwhelming! What really works? How can you use your web site ” and other online tools ” to spread your school’s message?

Admission is $40 for one day or $50 for both days. More information on the conference, including a downloadable information brochure and online registration form, is available at www.dio.org/catechesis/daec.

Upcoming Catechetical Events

Here’s a few upcoming events I’ll be a part of:

  • Next Wednesday, May 5th, I’ll be giving a short presentation on “Passing on the Faith to the ‘Net’ Generation” at St. Cecelia Church in Glen Carbon, Illinois.   A potluck, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will start at 6p; the presentation will begin sometime around 6:30p.
  • I’ll be teaching a two-day course on the Second Vatican Council at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Collinsville, Illinois, on June 7 and 8. For more information, or to register, contact my office.
  • I’ll be giving two breakout sessions at this fall’s Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference: “Administration as Ministry” and “Marketing Your School Online.” The theme of this year’s DAEC is “Entering the Mystery, Renewing the People” and will feature keynotes by Fr. Richard Fragomeni and Fr. Paul Turner. Registration information will be available in late summer.