July 18, 2018

Catechetical Congress 2018 | Congreso de Catequesis 2018

Living As Missionary Disciples

 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip

Doors open 8:30 a.m. for Registration

Registration is $50.00 per person.

This year’s Catechetical Congress promises once again to be exciting, enjoyable, and rewarding. The worship, keynote address, and many workshops will touch on every aspect of catechetical parish ministry. It will be an opportunity for renewal, formation, and fellowship.

Viviendo como Discípulos Misioneros

 

Sábado 15 de setiembre, 2018

St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Inscripción  $50.00 por persona

Inscripción  $50.00 por persona.

El Congreso de Catequesis de este año promete nuevamente ser emocionante, divertido y gratificante. El culto, la presentación principal y los diferentes talleres estarán referidos a cada aspecto del ministerio de catequesis en la parroquia. Será una oportunidad de formación, renovación y camaradería.

Our Keynote Speaker

Presentador Principal

Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski
Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre
Vicar for the Western Vicariate

Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski was born and raised in Poland where he studied philosophy and theology before coming to the United States in 1987. He completed his studies for the priesthood at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington and was ordained by Bishop John R. McGann, for the Diocese of Rockville Centre in 1990.

Bishop Zglejszewski has served several parishes on Long Island. He was an Associate Pastor in the Parish of Saint Christopher, Baldwin (1990-1995), in Saint Thomas the Apostle, West Hempstead (1995-2003), and Saint Rose of Lima, Massapequa (2003-2007), before he was appointed Director of the Diocesan Office of Worship in 2007 and Co-Chancellor in 2013.

His graduate studies include theology at Fordham University in New York and sacramental theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. For several years he also was Adjunct Professor in the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, teaching in the Diaconate Formation Program.

Workshops

1. Signs of Missionary Discipleship for Parish Leaders

Description: This workshop will explore key theological and practical bases for catechetical and other parish leaders who wish to embrace and model essential leadership components of missionary disciples in their ministries.
Presenter: Robert Cammarata , B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Pastoral Management. M.A. Theology and Pastoral Education, St. Mary’s University, MN
Suggested for: Catechetical and other Parish Leaders

 

2. Physician Assisted Suicide: A Prescription for Disaster

Description:How and why physician assisted suicide will limit choices for all of us; and the lies and motivation behind compassion and choices.
Presenter: Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC
Suggested for: Patient advocates; Priests, Deacons, Grass Roots concerned citizens

 

3. Witnessing the Wisdom of Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later

Description:Understanding Humanae Vitae:  The FertilityCare System and how we all can help to heal the confusion in our culture.
Presenter: Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC and Jamey Hutchinson RN, Creighton Model Fertility Care Practitioner
Suggested for: Patient advocates; Priests, Deacons, Grass Roots concerned citizens

 

4. Baptism: Preparing for Mission

Description:To examine how the sacrament of Baptism prepares not only the child, but parents, godparents and the entire Church Community for Mission.
Presenter: Lucy V. Creed, MA Theology, MS Education, Certified Director of Faith Formation
Suggested for: Catechetical Leaders: Baptism Prep Teams, Clergy, Deacons

 

5. Discovering Your Own Faith Story For Evangelization

Description:Open your spirit, prod your memoires, and begin to develop a vocabulary about your faith story. The more you understand your religious experience and affirm God’s presence in your life, the freer you can be to share that experience with others.
Presenter: Maria Davidson , M.A. in Theology, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, B.A. in English/Secondary Education. 25 + years in Faith Formatiaon
Suggested for: Open to All

 

6. Dealing with other Faith Traditions

Description:Prayer, worship, and the celebration of sacraments with people from other faith traditions.
Presenter: Rev. Lee Descoteaux , M.A. in Theology, JCL Canon Law
Suggested for: Open to All

 

7. The Joy of the Lord is My Strength: Maintaining Joy in Ministry

Description:We are not effective witnesses for Jesus Christ if we do not have joy. The importance of sharing our stories of ministry: the successes, the moments when God was particularly present to us and our encounters with others.
Presenter: Rita Dlug , M.A. Religious Studies, DRE 16 years
Suggested for: Catechetical Leaders, catechists, all those in ministry

 

8 Exhibiting the Fruits of the Spirit

Description:The fruits of the Spirit identify us as disciples; we draw others to Christ by how we exhibit the fruits of the Spirit. A reminder for the need for spiritual development, Scripture, renewing oneself with prayer, retreat, devotion, leisure, hobbies and fellowship.
Presenter: Rita Dlug , M.A. Religious Studies, DRE 16 years
Suggested for: Catechetical Leaders, catechists, all those in ministry

 

9. “Apostolic Athletes/Apostolic Coaches”

Description:Sport as ministry approach centers on the conviction coaches are not only teachers, they are also called to encourage dramatic missionary growth.
Presenter: Paul J. Echausse , Executive Director CYO, B.S./M.B.A./J.D.
Suggested for: Those who are so called to produce missionary disciples

 

10. The 7 Deadly Sins of Technology & Life Giving Virtues

Description:This workshop acknowledges the challenges we face in our engagement with technology and offers concrete steps for hope.
Presenter: Reverend Patrick Flanagan , C.M., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology, St. John’s University
Suggested for: Those seeking to make a connection between holiness and wholeness

 

11. Spiritual Combat, Vigilance & Discernment

Description:This workshop offers an overview and insights into Pope Francis’ recent exhortation placing it in the context of his now 5 year pontificate.
Presenter: Reverend Patrick Flanagan , C.M., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology, St. John’s University
Suggested for: Those seeking to learn about the new exhortation or make a connection between holiness and wholeness.

 

12. “Hope is the thing with feathers”

Description: Finding meaning and commitment in the present can only be sustained through faith-filled hope.
Presenter: Revered Patrick J. Griffin , CM PhD in Biblical Studies from Catholic University in Washington, DC; currently Executive Director of Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s University, NY
Suggested for: Leaders of communities, families, religious

 

13. Walking with God

Description: The ability of people to “Walk with God” is one of the most attractive images found in the Scripture.
Presenter: Revered Patrick J. Griffin , CM PhD in Biblical Studies from Catholic University in Washington, DC; currently Executive Director of Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. John’s University, NY
Suggested for: Parish people: leaders of local communities

 

14. Formando Discípulos Misioneros Para El Mundo

Tema/Descripción: Ideas para que el catequista forme Buenos Discipulos. (Tips for Catechists to form good Disciples).
Presentador: Aida M Hidalgo, M.A. in Theology, Boston College. Consultante of OSV Publisher. Director of  the St. Bartholomew (Providence) Confirmation Program. Retreat Facilitator for Women in the Diocese of Providence. 21 plus years as the Director of the Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Providence.
Público: Catequistas y líderes ayudando a la propagación de la fe.

 

15. “Shine Like the Stars” Catechists as Missionary Disciples

Description: What does it mean for a catechist to be a missionary in the parish, campus, or school ? A catechist brings the Word of God to the baptized who have a right to be instructed in the faith.
Presenter: Susan Kay , B.A., Catholic University of America, M.A. Religious Studies, Boston College. Professor MA program Saint John’s Seminary, Boston.
Suggested for: Catechists, Parish leaders

 

16. WWYDJ- What will you do for Jesus?

Description: Catholic Social Justice for teens. Teaching and Living Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
Presenter: April Kleinlaut , M.A. Education and M.A. Theology. DRE 8 years.
Suggested for: Catechists

 

17. Encounter & Accompany:  Practical Ideas for Faith Formation Programs

Description: Are we on the Road to Emmaus with the families enrolled in parish faith formation programs or are we simply heading in the same direction? Learn how to explore practical ways to deepen key moments with our parents in our programs.
Presenter: Jennifer Menneci , Associate Director of Faith Formation, M.A. Theology, Graduate of PFI, Catechist
Suggested for: Catechists, Catechetical Leaders

 

18. Forming your RCIA Team to Be Missionary Disciples

Description: This workshop will focus on how to form a new RCIA team, recruiting team members and preparing them for the work of evangelization.
Presenter: Jo-Ann Metzdorff , Doctor of Ministry, Advanced degrees in Education & Theology, Catechetical Leader in the Diocese of Rockville Centre for 20 plus years
Suggested for: Catechetical Leaders, RCIA Coordinators, Catechists

 

19. The Art of Storytelling – Sharing the Mystery of God in Your Life

Description:Sharing your experience and relationship with God does not always come easy. This workshop explores ways of talking to others about your relationship with Jesus.
Presenter: Jo-Ann Metzdorff , Doctor of Ministry, Advanced degrees in Education & Theology, Catechetical Leader in the Diocese of Rockville Centre for 20 plus years
Suggested for: Catechetical Leaders, Catechists, Ministry Leaders

 

20. “Holy? Who, me?”

Description: How is Pope Francis inviting us to follow the witness of “our mothers, grandmothers, other loved ones…and our next-door-neighbors” on the path to holiness and discipleship? “Gaudete Et Exsultate- Rejoice and Be Glad”.
Presenter: Sr. Diane Morgan , OP, Pastoral Associate at St. Ignatius Martyr, Long Beach. M.A. in Liturgical Studies, Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education from University of Notre Dame and Boston College. Certified Director in Religious Education.
Suggested for: Anyone and everyone who is on the journey of life, longing to love God, neighbor an self.

 

21. “Saved by Beauty” Facilitating Encounter through the Arts

Description: One’s heart needs to encounter Christ in order for one to live out the call of discipleship. As a means of evangelization, the beautiful allows for different opportunities of encounter.
Presenter:Mary Mullan (Russomanno) M.A. Religious Education, Fordham University. Director of Youth Ministry and Confirmation Preparation, St. Edward the Confessor.
Suggested for: Catechists, DRE’s, Youth Ministers

 

22. “Saved by Beauty” Using the Arts in Religious Education   Sorry this workshop is now filled to capacity. 

Description: Our goal is to help teachers engage students through different learning methods, while using visual arts, literature, music, and movies to teach about church history, God’s love and discipleship.
Presenter: Mary Mullan (Russomanno) M.A. Religious Education, Fordham University. Director of Youth Ministry and Confirmation Preparation, St. Edward the Confessor.
Suggested for: Catechists, DRE’s, Youth Ministers

 

23. Understanding the Principals in Theology of the Body

Description: Understanding the Principals in Theology of the Body
Presenter: Allison O’Brien, RN, BSN, MA in Theology, Certification in Health Care Ethics NCBS. Director of Respect Life for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Suggested for: DRE’s, Catechists, Healthcare Professionals, Teachers, Parents, Clergy

 

24. The Gift of Administration

Description: Exploring 12 Spiritual Habits and Best Pastoral Practice
Presenter: Mary Christine O’Connor-Thomsen, DMIN Candidate, Catholic University, Liturgical Catechesis; MDIV Union Theological Seminary NYC, BA History & Dance, Denison University.
Suggested for: Catechetical Leaders, Parish Admin, Parish Leaders

 

25. Redeeming Conflict

Description: Following the Saints and Developing the skills to lifting the greatest hindrance to all missionary efforts – The way we ‘do not’ model well done
Presenter: Mary Christine O’Connor-Thomsen, DMIN Candidate, Catholic University, Liturgical Catechesis; MDIV Union Theological Seminary NYC, BA History & Dance, Denison University.
Suggested for: Catechetical Leaders, Parish Admin, Parish Leaders

 

26. Going “Live” with the Spirit

Description: Living the Mission in our Daily Lives.
Presenter: Bertha Peralta-Rodriquez, Assistant Director of Counseling and Programming, Hunter College. Consultant in the Youth Ministry and vice-director of Defenders of the Most Holy Trinity
Suggested for: English speaking Catechists: Youth leaders, Directors of Faith Formation. Young Adult Leaders, Volunteers & other ministries.

 

27. Regocíjate y Sé Feliz como un Discípulo Misionero

Tema/Descripción: ¿Como se hace para ser un buen cristiano? ¿Cual es el camino a la santidad? El Papa Francisco nos da una respuesta sencilla en su ultima Exhortacion Gaudete Et Exsultate
Presentador: Diana Pizarro, Directora Asociada-Oficina de Formación en la Fe-DRVC. BA en Educación: MA en Teologia
Público: Ven participa de este taller, reflexionaremos y te llevarás ideas prácticas sobre el llamado a la santidad en el mundo actual.

 

28. Catequesis para la Periferia

Presenter: Deacon Luis Roberto Polanco , Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, MA Pastoral Studies
Suggested for: Parishes Hispanic Ministry

 

29. Lectio Divina para acompañar a los Padres y Tutores de los Alumnos

Presentador: Deacon Luis Roberto Polanco , Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, MA Pastoral Studies
Público: Comunidad Hispana

 

30. Evangelization and the Sacramental Life

Description: Seeing sacrament preparation meetings as opportunities for reconnection with Catholics who have been away from practicing their faith to create a sense of connectedness and belonging by welcoming newcomers of all ages.
Presenter: Dr. Lauri Przybysz , Doctor of Ministry, Catholic University of America; MA Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University of Ecumenical Institute; MS Religious Education ,Duquesne University, College of Graduate Education/CCD; BA Michigan State University.
Suggested for: Catechists, Teachers, Parents, Clergy

 

31. Virtues for Healthy Relationships

Description: Preparing catechists and parents of elementary and middle school children to teach virtuous living that leads to happy, holy and just relationships, prevents bullying and honors human dignity.
Presenter: Dr. Lauri Przybysz , Doctor of Ministry, Catholic University of America; MA Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University of Ecumenical Institute; MS Religious Education ,Duquesne University, College of Graduate Education/CCD; BA Michigan State University.
Suggested for: Catechists, Teachers, Parents and Clergy

 

32. “Follow Me”; The Heart of Discipleship

Description: Exploring the spirituality of being a disciple and how to invite others to follow.
Presenter: Suzanne Richards , M.A. Religion, Fordham University; Certified Catechetical Leader, DRVC. Pastoral Associate, Christ the King; Associate, Sisters of St Dominic, Amityville.
Suggested for: RCIA Catechists, Catechists of Children

 

33. Renewing & Refreshing & Recharging your Missionary Disciple Spirits

Description: A look at ways to help the minister keep ministering in the changing landscape.
Presenter:Suzanne Richards , M.A. Religion, Fordham University; Certified Catechetical Leader, DRVC. Pastoral Associate, Christ the King; Associate, Sisters of St Dominic, Amityville.
Suggested for: Catechists of children and adults

 

34. Spiritual Direction and the Catechetical Leader

Presenter: Reverend Jerry Ringenback , Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, Holbrook
Suggested for: Open to All

 

35. Evangelization isn’t just for the grownups: Teaching our children how to evangelize by sharing God’s love.

Description: Evangelization is an active part of our faith. Going out into the world to share in the living nature of the Church.
Presenter: Lisette Robustelli, MA Pastoral Theology, Loyola Marymount, CA. Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation for Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Centereach.
Suggested for: DRE, Catechist, Parents

 

36. Evangelización no es solo para los Adultos: Enseñando a nuestro hijos como evangelizar compartiendo el amor de Dios.

Tema/Descripción: Evangelización es una parte activa de nuestra fe, debemos salir al mundo a compartir el amor bondadoso de Dios.
Presentador: Lisette Robustelli, MA Pastoral Theology, Loyola Marymount, CA. Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation for Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Centereach.
Público: Líderes Catequeticos, Catequistas, Padres

 

37. Renew your Vision

Description:Bridging the Gap between Religious Education and Youth Ministry.
Presenter: Juan Rodriquez, Pastoral Associate, Director & Founder of Defenders of the Holy Trinity
Suggested for: English speaking Catechists: Youth leaders, Directors of Faith Formation, Young Adult Leaders, Volunteers, other ministries

 

38. Es Tiempo de ser Verdadero

Tema/Descripción: El Cristiano en Contra de la Corriente
Presentador: Juan Rodriquez, Pastoral Associate, Director & Founder of Defenders of the Holy Trinity
Público: Catequistas de habla española: líderes juveniles, directores de formación de fe,  voluntarios y otros ministerios

 

39. Working with Children who have special needs (ADD & ADHD)

Description:This workshop will offer information and tips on how to teach our children who have special needs. Providing resources and techniques to the catechists to work in the classroom setting.
Presenter: Kathy Russell-Sica, Coordinator, Ministry with Persons with Special Needs Office of Faith Formation DRVC, Director of Faith Formation, St. John Nepomucene, Bohemia
Suggested for: Catechists, Catechetical Leaders

 

40. Lumen Gentium to Exultate et Gaudete: The Universal Call to Holiness

Description:What do these documents say to the lay person today?
Presenter: Dr. James Spence , Senior Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI)
Suggested for: Catechists, Catechetical Leaders, all others

 

41.  Humanae Vitae

Description:A discussion of the teachings of Humanae Vitae. An encyclical written by Pope Paul the VI and issued on July 25, 1968. It re-affirms the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding married love and responsible parenthood.
Presenter: Dr. James Spence , Senior Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHSLI)
Suggested for: Open to all

 

42. Scouts as a School for Missionary Disciples

Description:This workshop with look at the relationship between faith formation programs and scouting in the development of the young Catholics.
Presenter: Marsha J. Terry , Scout Leader and Catechist
Suggested for: Priests, Catechetical Leaders, Catechists, Parents

 

43. Would you be mine, could you be mine, won’t you be my neighbor? Sorry this workshop is now filled to capacity. 

Description:The Wisdom of Pope Francis and Mr. Rogers
Presenter: Msgr. James Vlaun , MA Broadcasting, CEO and President of Telecare Television
Suggested for: Parish Ministry, Catechists, All!

 

44. “Who can take a Nothing Day and Suddenly Make it all Seem Worthwhile?”

Description:Witnesses for Christ; Gaudete Et Exsultate
Presenter: Msgr. James Vlaun , MA Broadcasting, CEO and President of Telecare Television
Suggested for: Parish Ministry, Catechists, all

 

45. Learning to Live and to Love the Catholic Faith at Home

Description:Sharing ideas for Family Catechesis to make a Traditional Curriculum come alive at home.
Presenter: Lynn Wilson , BSEd, MSEd Teacher Certification N-6 NYS, Texas, Missouri, Kansas
Suggested for: Family Ministers, Catechists, Youth Ministers

 

46. How to be responsible for multiple ministries within a parish without being overwhelmed by them.

Description: As we strive to have parish Faith Formation programs that are inclusive and involve all members of our Parish interacting and working together, let us discuss ways to involve the key players in the Parish as well as the staff.
Presenter: Ellen Zafonte, Assoicate Director of Office of Faith Formation, DRVC, Masters of Theology, Pastoral Studies, Masters of Science – Elementary Education
Suggested for: Priests, Deacons, Catechetical Leaders, Catechists, PA

 

47. The Eucharist: Source and Summit of Missionary Discipleship

Description:The teachings of the Second Vatican Council and Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical Mysterium Fidei will be studied to provide a liturgical catechesis on the Sunday Eucharist.
Presenter: Most Rev. Andrzej Zglejszewski , Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre
Suggested for: Priests, Deacons, Catechetical Leaders, Catechists

 

48. Children’s Grief: Grieving in the context of Child Development and the Facilitation of Healthy Coping

Description: Looking at the different developmental stages of children and how each one holds differences in the way children cope with loss and grief. As adults working with young people, you will be made aware of how best to deal with children who are grieving. Knowing when to be compassionate and when to refer for further professional assistance.
Presenter: Maribeth McKeever , C.M., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology, St. John’s University
Suggested for: Anyone who interfaces with a grieving child

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