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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Annual Catholic Conference: ‘Good News in New Times’ on Oct. 19

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 3, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

The annual Catholic Conference, set for Saturday, Oct. 19, takes the theme of “Good News in New Times” this year.

Keynote speaker will be Father John Hurley. Father Hurley is a Paulist priest who serves as executive director for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Evangelization and is a consultant for the committee on catechesis.

The annual conference returns once again to the International Ag Trade Center in Spokane.

It begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by prayer at 9 a.m. and the first general session.

Father Hurley’s keynote talk is titled “Nurturing Discipleship: a Walk on Holy Ground.”

As in years past, the day is broken up into three sessions, with a variety of topics offered and often repeated.

Session A begins at 10:45 a.m.
• Deacon Tom Gornick is director of evangelization for the Department of Evangelization and Office of Stewardship in the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore. He will speak on “The 21st Century Parish: Folgers vs. Gourmet.”
• Patrick McCormick, associate professor of Christian ethics at Gonzaga University, will speak on “War and a Preferential Option for Peace.”
• Father Michael Savelesky is pastor of Assumption Parish, Spokane, and a regular contributor to the Inland Register. His talk is titled “Knowing the Difference: Exploring the Major Differences Between Catholics, Protestants and Evangelicals.”
• Father Steven Dublinski, vicar general of the Diocese of Spokane and pastor of St. Mary Parish, Spokane, will speak on “Confronting Sexual Abuse and Harassment: Policies and Procedures.”
• “PR That Works! Using Technology with Youth,” will be lead by Jim Main, director and founder of Extreme Youth Ministry in Vancouver, Wash.
• Gloria Reinhardt Majerus will talk on “Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?” addressing questions of teaching adults vs. teaching children. Majerus has been a religious educator for over 30 years, including time as associate director of religious education for the Diocese of Wilming-ton, Del., and diocesan coordinator for youth ministry for the Diocese of Richmond, Va.

Session B begins at 1 p.m.
• First up is Paulist Father John Hurley, “Reconciliation: A Time to Listen ... a Time to Heal.”
• Scott Cooper, director of Parish Social Ministry for Catholic Charities, will talk on “Catholic Social Teaching: Boldly Living It Out in Parish Ministry.”
• Professor Ted Nitz, assistant professor of history and director of the International Studies Program at Gonzaga University, will discuss Islam in “The Straight Path: Understanding the Faith of Muslims.”
• “The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research,” by Dr. Michael Stebbins, director of the Gonzaga Institute of Ethics at Gonzaga University, will examine the issues pertinent to the debate over stem cell research.
• “Welcoming All: A Comprehensive Youth Ministry Approach” will be presented by Paul Mach, the Spokane Diocese’s youth ministry consultant.
• “Proclaim and Educate: Evangelizing through Witness and Word,” by Deacon Thomas Gornick, addresses the catechist’s call to evangelization.

Sesson C begins at 2:15 p.m. and includes:
• Paulist Father John Hurley, “Journey Toward the Fulness of Life: A Report on the National Study of the Implementation of the RCIA in the United States.”
• Rob McCann, Associate Director of Catholic Charities in Spokane, will talk on “Global Justice with No Fences” – right relationships with the developing world, the work of Catholic Relief Services, and other topics.
• “Rediscovering Our Treasure: Catholic Spirituality for the Third Millennium,” by Holy Names Sister Mary Garvin, will explore paths of spirituality found in the rich tradition of Catholicism. Sister Mary is on the faculty of Gonzaga University’s Religious Studies department.
• The tension between faith and the day-to-day demands life places on us, especially at work, will be part of Dr. Michael Stebbins’s “Faith and Values at Work.”
• “Developing and Nurturing a Strong Youth Ministry Team,” by Jim Mains – recruiting and training volunteers, then keeping them charged up.
• “Do Jack and Jill Really Learn Differently?” What catec-hetical teaching approaches work best? How do teachers get the most out of their teaching experience? By Gloria Reinhardt Majerus.

The day will close with prayer at 3:30 p.m.

Registration for the Catholic Conference is $40 per person, which includes lunch. Vegetarian lunches are available.

Credit can be earned toward catechist certification.

For registration, contact the Parish Services Office: 358-7311; (800) 831-1556; P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453.

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