In the Image of the Holy Trinity: The Church is One
The Church is One. One because of her source, her founder and soul. Fashioned after the Holy Trinity, and a most perfect example of this mystery, the Church is called to exist as a communion in difference, a community of love and life, with an essential unity of being and belief, that finds many expressions according to the gifts of the Spirit and the diversity of its members and traditions. Unity is of the essence of the Church. Together we will explore the bonds of unity which are of the Spirit, as well as the wounds that threaten it, and recall our duty to pray and actively work for Christian unity.
María del Mar Muñoz-Visoso is executive director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Mar holds a B.A. in Communications with a major in Journalism from C.E.U. San Pablo in Valencia, Spain, and a master of theological studies (M.T.S) from the Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. Before her appointment as executive director in 2012, she was assistant director of Media Relations since 2007. She also was a consultant to various USCCB committees, including on Communications, Women in Church and Society, and Divine Worship in Spanish. Her pastoral work specializes in Hispanic/Latino and intercultural ministries. Prior to her work at USCCB, Mar worked for the Archdiocese of Denver in various capacities for over a decade, including as director of Hispanic Ministry, and first executive director of Centro San Juan Diego, the archdiocesan pastoral institute and adult education center for Hispanics. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI awarded her the Benemerenti Medal for “sustained and exemplary service to the Catholic faith.”
Striving to be Holy in Today's World
What does it really mean to be "Holy" in today's world and Church? As ministry professionals and committed volunteers, many of us long to devote our lives to the Church and her people. But we may find ourselves falling short of the "holiness" we strive to encourage in others. Join Lisa Hendey as she shares her unlikely but exciting ministry journey and leads a conversation on how God calls those of us who don't particularly think we are "holy" to minister to and serve others through our day to day faith walk. Together we'll look at specific ways in which we can strive for holiness in our busy lives and examine resources to help individuals and families grow closer to God and one another. Using the wisdom of Venerable Patrick Peyton, who said: "The family that prays together stays together," we'll consider what "family" means today and how to help create holy and happy family communities in our parishes and schools.
Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Grace of Yes, The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion, The Handbook for Catholic Moms, I Am God's Storyteller and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. Her children's fiction project, the “Chime Travelers”, based upon the lives of the saints, is being studied in schools internationally. Lisa is the host of "Lisa Hendey & Friends" on Breadbox Media and the co-host of "Catholic MomCast", a production of Holy Cross Family Ministries and CatholicMom.com. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology topics. Lisa has traveled and shared her writing from Tanzania, Colombia, the Philippines, Kenya, and India in service of non-profit organizations.
Being Catholic: Ever Ancient, Ever New
Each ministry context is unique and, in today’s challenging times, we need to find way to help people encounter Christ, deepen their personal relationship with him and live it out as a disciple no matter what their generation and circumstance. Forming adults in Faith with new generations challenges formation and teaching styles and demands more creativity to make the Gospel and the tenants of the faith meaningful. As a result, congregational leaders need firm grounding in spirituality and leadership skills as well as the opportunity to network with others. This course will offer strategies to enhance pastoral directions, skills, and ways to engage the church community as "life-long learning" disciples. Bring your experience and ideas!
Sister Donna is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey and she is the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark. She is the director of Church Leadership Consultation and works internationally and nationally in promoting parish vitality and pastoral direction, congregational and leadership development, faith formation, small Christian communities, consulting with parishes and dioceses, and in many other areas. She served as the international coordinator for Renew and the director of Pastoral Services of the National Pastoral Life Center and as parish consultant for the Jesuit Conference USA. Sister Donna also serves as the director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, New Jersey, is an adjunct faculty member in Drew University’s Doctor of Ministry program and is a consultant for RCL Benziger Publishing Company.
Faith Knows No Bounds: The Church's Apostolate of Love to Transform the World
Through this workshop on the Apostolic Mark of our Church, you'll journey with Annemarie—over the years and around the world—on a tour of faith on the frontlines of humanity's most pressing challenges: poverty, disease and war. News headlines offer an incomplete and often depressing tale about the state of the world. But at CRS, we are proud to report and proclaim the Good News! You'll hear stories where outcomes—powered by faith—illuminate how human agency, partnership and love for all (caritas)—triumph. Believe in better and join us to bring love to scale so that all people can reach their full, God-given human potential in a world where faith knows no bounds.
In 1992, Annemarie Reilly answered God's call to serve at the global apostolate of Catholic Relief Services. Almost three decades later, Annemarie serves the organization as Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President of Strategy & Organizational Development.