Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Father Rolheiser to address diocese’s
Catholic Conference in September

the Inland Register

(From the July 28, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

“Blessed and Broken: Bearers of Hope in a Changing World” is the theme of the 2005 Catholic Conference to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane.

The annual conference’s keynote speaker and workshop presenters will explore ways to build a culture of hope and bring renewed vitality to the life of faith.

The Catholic Conference, originally designed for catechists, is now for anyone seeking quality adult spiritual formation.

This year’s keynote speaker is Oblate Father Ronald Rolheiser, who will address the theme of the conference in the opening and closing sessions.

Father Rolheiser, author of The Holy Longing and many other books, is a well-known presenter and columnist whose writings in the area of spirituality are challenging and inspiring. His column appears in the Inland Register and many other Catholic publications internationally.

Father Rolheiser begins a new assignment in August as the President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

A workshop titled “Conversation with Father Rolheiser” will give participants an opportunity to dialogue with him.

Two workshops on the Eucharist are offered from two different approaches. Bishop Skylstad will talk about the Year of the Eucharist and the Emmaus journey. Scott Cooper’s presentation will raise awareness of the relationship of Eucharist and social justice.

The importance of prayer in a healthy spiritual life is emphasized particularly in two workshops: on holistic spirituality, by Franciscan Sister Celeste Crine, and praying with the senses, by Kathy Finley. Both will be experiential opportunities to “try on” new ways of praying.

Presenting an older liturgical model of prayer will be Nick Senger’s workshop on the Liturgy of the Hours, a way of making the day holy.

Practical, hands-on workshops are also planned. Two workshops on “Whole Community Cate-chesis,” by Susan Rae-Bell, an experienced catechist with Sadlier Publisher, will offer a vision of this movement and a nuts-and-bolts how-to session. Two long-time ministers in the diocese, youth minister Jackie Keys and religious education director Peggy DeBord, will give a creative workshop on praying with children and youth.

Marcia Black-Gallucci’s workshop considers the nature of child abuse and what to do if a disclosure of abuse is made.

Hospice chaplain Maggie Albo will present end-of-life spirituality in a workshop that offers hope in the experience of terminal illness.

A workshop on authentic dialogue, led by Holy Names Sister Mary Garvin, is designed to assist participants to move toward truly “Catholic conversation,” a call to use the gift of speech in building communities of hope.

The Catholic Conference is designed to be a spiritually enriching day for the people of the diocese with a variety of speakers, all of them realistic about the present and hopeful about the future.

The Parish Services Office is providing registration information for the Catholic Conference in early August. That information also is available on the diocese’s web site:

The Conference fee is $35.

For more information, call 358-7311.

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