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

Author, columnist Father Ronald Rolheiser to deliver keynote address for 2005 Catholic Conference

by Mitch Finley, Inland Register staff

(From the Aug. 18, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

The Diocese of Spokane’s 2005 Catholic Conference will take place at Gonzaga Prep High School, 1224 E. Euclid, Spokane, on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Father Ron Rolheiser OMI The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is theologian and author Father Ronald Rolheiser. Father Rolheiser is a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and he also the new President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

Father Rolheiser is the author of 10 books, including The Holy Longing and The Restless Heart, and writes a popular syndicated column on spirituality that is carried by many Catholic newspapers, including the Inland Register.

For many of his 32 years as a priest, Father Rolheiser taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta.

Father Rolheiser’s keynote address is titled “Blessed & Broken: Bearers of Hope in a Changing World.”

Following the keynote, there also will be two concurrent workshop sessions. During his Session A workshop Father Rolheiser will be available for an informal dialogue and discussion.

• Heading up the Session A workshop speakers list for this year’s Catholic Conference is Bishop Skylstad. His workshop is titled “Remain With Us…” and will focus on the Emmaus passage in the Gospel of Luke.

Bishop Skylstad said that this passage is “one of the most powerful in the New Testament. Like the two disciples who recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread, so we continue our journey of discovering and recognizing Jesus in the breaking of the Bread.

“The two disciples on the road were trying to make sense out of life, and all of a sudden they knew who this ‘stranger’ was in their midst,” said Bishop Skylstad. “In this Year of the Eucharist, we as a Catholic community have a special opportunity to appreciate and reflect upon this marvelous sacrament. Whoever and wherever we are, the sign of Jesus’ presence is clear through the liturgy of the Eucharist. I hope that our coming to Eucharist will be a clear sign of our wanting to remain with him.”

Susan-Rae Bell • Susan-Rae Bell, of Aloha, Ore., is a consultant with the catechetical publisher William H. Sadlier. She will present a workshop titled “Total Community Catechesis: Another Parish Program?!”

Bell told the IR that her presentation “will be an introduction to the concept of ‘Total Community Catechesis.’ I will cover what it is, where the idea comes from, and the fact that it is more a movement than just another program.”

Bell also will explain how we are called to Total Community Catechesis and present practical guidelines on how to do it. She will continue her discussion of Total Community Catechesis in a second workshop, during the afternoon’s Session B.

• For the past 14 years, Nick Senger has been on the staff of Spokane’s All Saints School. Currently, he teaches eighth grade and serves as vice-principal. His workshop is titled “Liturgy of the Hours: The Spirit Will Teach Us to Pray.”

Since 1996, Senger has regularly prayed the church’s Liturgy of the Hours, and he told the IR that his workshop “will help those who attend to discover how to extend and deepen the celebration of the Eucharist by participating in the church’s other liturgy, the Liturgy of the Hours. We’ll talk about the history of the Divine Office and introduce everyone to this beautiful way of making the day holy.”

Participants will learn how to pray the Psalms and will be introduced to various editions and adaptations of the Liturgy of the Hours.

Kathy Finley • Gonzaga University Religious Studies instructor, author, and pre-marriage counselor Kathy Finley’s workshop, “Praying with Our Senses: Hands-On Prayer,” will be based on her book, Savoring God: Praying with All Our Senses.

“As we talk more about seeing God’s presence in the everyday things around us, how does that affect our prayer?” Finley said. “Are there some ways to pray with ordinary objects, such as a shoe or a set of keys, that can help us listen for and see God’s presence in what we do every day?”

She will lead participants in prayer exercises that can be used by individuals as well as groups of all ages.

Maggie Albo • “Spirituality at End of Life: Bearers of Hope at the End of Life” is the Session A workshop to be offered by Maggie Albo, a chaplain with Hospice of Spokane.

“We can calm a colicky baby or cope with a truculent teen,” said Albo. “But how do we walk with a parent or other loved one on their final journey toward death and eternity? The Hospice Chaplaincy offers spiritual care at this time of unique opportunity for peace, hope and even joy. My workshop will explore this sacred passage, transcending the experience of terminal illness and arriving at a place of harmony,” Albo said.

Albo lives with Multiple Sclerosis, which she calls “a pivot point” in her life and career in business and management. Today, her life work centers on service. Currently, Albo serves on advisory boards for Immaculate Heart Retreat Center and the Gerontology and Health and Human Services Department at Spokane Falls Community College.

Session B workshops, scheduled for early afternoon, include an equally wide variety of topics.

Scott Cooper • Scott Cooper is Director of Parish Social Ministry for Catholic Charities. He will present a workshop titled “The Eucharist and Justice: Real Food for Change in a Suffering World.”

“The Eucharist is a sacrament of eating and drinking,” said Cooper, “but how can this celebration raise our awareness of food, eating, or bodies, hunger, and sacrifice?”

Sister Mary Garvin SNJM • Holy Names Sister Mary Garvin, professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, said that her workshop, “Spirituality of Dialogue: Speaking Our Truth in Love,” will consider “the question: If the bishops of Vatican Council II mandated that the church is to be an example to the world of sincere and honest dialogue [Gaudium et spes #92], then how shall we live?

“We have received an invitation to grace,” said Sister Mary, “a call to holiness that in practice means loving God and our neighbor in ways that make our world a better place. A spirituality that sustains our call to holiness and dialogue becomes a gift of the Holy Spirit, a charism for our times.”

• From Pasco’s St. Patrick Parish, Peggy DeBord and Jackie Keyes – respectively, Youth Ministry Coordinator and Director of Religious Education – will offer a workshop on “Praying With Children and Youth.” DeBord said that the workshop she and Keyes present will give participants an opportunity to “expand your prayer life and discover ways to share forms of prayer with children and youth. Our workshop will explore ways to be creative with community/classroom prayer, personal prayer, scripture, rituals and environment.”

Sister Celeste Crine OSF • The workshop to be offered by Franciscan Sister Celeste Crine is titled “Holistic Spirituality: Holistic Spirituality and Prayer.” A spiritual director and retreat minister for over twenty-five years, and currently Director of Spirituality, Healing Arts and Hospitality at Spokane’s St. Joseph Family Center, Sister Celeste described her workshop as focusing on “the meaning of holistic spirituality. Participants will experience prayer from a holistic stance through the use of breath, movement, and color.”

Sister Celeste has a deep appreciation for individuals’ spiritual journey as they grow toward becoming more fully the person God creates each one to be.

• Advocate Coordinator and Legal Advocate for Lutheran Community Services’ SAFeT Response Center, Marcia Black-Gallucci’s workshop is “An Overview of Child Sexual Abuse for Teachers and Aides.”

She explained that her workshop “will consider the nature of child abuse, a description of symptoms, what to do if you get a disclosure, how to interact with an abused child and their parents or caregivers, and where to go for help for the child and the teacher or aide.”

An advocate for 18 years, Black-Gallucci is a trainer for the state of Washington to promote collaboration in the three disciplines of Women’s Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Abuse.

For Catholic Conference registration information, contact the Parish Services Office, (509) 358-7313. Information may also be obtained from the Evangelization section of the diocesan website:

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