Take a deep dive into a specific ministry topic or concern when you register for the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Congress Intensives.

The 2020 MAC offers single and multi-day intensive courses in parish renewal, cultural competence, and parish engagement.

Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers

Wednesday, January 29–31, 2020

Training of Trainers Workshop

Starting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29

On behalf of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, the goal of the Training of the Trainers for Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers is that ministry leaders who attend these trainings increase their capacity to welcome, receive, and encourage all emerging cultural groups to assume their role of leadership in the Church and, in turn, to train other ministry leaders to do the same. This formation program aims to prepare ministry leaders to:

  • Articulate the general outlines of a theology and spirituality of ministry in intercultural      settings, including the manner in which the Magisterium understands the concepts of evangelization, the New Evangelization, and inculturation.
  • Increase awareness regarding how to communicate appropriately with persons and groups in cultures other than one's own.
  • Increase awareness regarding how to communicate effectively with persons and groups in cultures other than one's own.
  • Gain the ability to identify and articulate patterns of prejudice that impede intergroup interaction.
  • Provide a rationale for the inclusion and integration of diverse cultural groups into the life and mission of the parish and diocese.
  • Teach the content of the five modules with confidence.

The Training of Trainers Workshop provides an opportunity for ministers to attain a foundational first level of competence in intercultural relations and communications. It is also designed to orient trainers to methodology, strategies, and activities suited to teach the content of the program.

Fee: $190 (includes lunch)


The Church in Crisis: A Way Forward for Catholic Laity

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020--8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The clergy sexual abuse crisis has been a time of great reckoning for the Catholic Church in the United States and around the world. Despite the great damage done, however, we hold firm to Our Lord’s promise that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against” his Church (Mt 16:18). The crisis has opened the door for Catholic laity to respond to God’s desires for the Church and to help bring about a new beginning. Catholic laity have the opportunity and responsibility to work to renew and bring hope to a broken Church, but many do not know where to begin. 

This intensive will equip lay leaders to begin this process of renewal in their communities. In three 45-minute sessions, including lunch, participants will: 

  • Gain a fuller knowledge of the crisis in our Church, including how and why events unfolded the way they did;
  • Discuss how the revelations around the crisis have affected people’s view of the Church; and
  • Share their experiences and propose solutions.

Fee: $99.00 (includes lunch)

Registration Limit: Maximum of 75 people


Growing an Engaged Church: The Faith Community Challenge

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020--11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

This Intensive is specifically for clergy--priests and deacons. Based on the recent research that identifies the decline in denominational membership, especially among young adults, this day-long Intensive will focus on the implications and implementation of that research in our parishes.

Session 1: Going, Going, Gone … the Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics

This session will identify the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation, describe the factors that reinforce those dynamics, and examine the implications for parish life, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. 

Session 2: Crafting a Religious Identity in a Secular Age 

This session will look at questions like where are young people meeting their spiritual hungers and what is the role of Church in this new, normative age? This session will propose pastoral strategies that actualize the strengths of Catholicism in a postmodern age.

Session 3: Engagement: The Ministerial Paradigm for the New Evangelization 

In this session we identify the practical pastoral responses and strategies that can enhance affiliation and engagement with the faith community and examine implications for parish and school life, vocational discernment, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. 

Session 4: Pastoral Leadership for an Engaged Church

This session will propose characteristics of the engaged, evangelizing faith community and highlight the mission to which Jesus calls us.


Fee: $99.00 (includes lunch)

Registration Limit: Limited to clergy


Retreat Experience: Through the Liturgical Year with Our Lad

retreat, journal, Mid-Atlantic Congress, quiet, silence, reflection

Facilitator: Haley Stewart

Inspired by Caryll Houselander's spiritual classic The Reed of God, walk through the seasons and feasts of the Christian Year with Mary. Discover Houselander's insights into how emulating Mary is the goal of the Christian life by embracing the call to give Christ flesh in the world and seek the Christ Child at all times. This retreat experience will make the liturgical rhythms of each year point us toward God with the help of Mother Mary.

This retreat experience led by Haley Stewart is an opportunity to step back, gear down, and focus on your spiritual journey with a small, limited group of MAC attendees. The retreat group will meet periodically throughout Saturday with Haley to touch base, dive deeper, and give the day a different tempo and focus. During the rest of the day, you are invited to participate in the general and breakout sessions that most meet your needs.

Fee: $25

Registration Limit: 25-30 people