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Boise Diocese hosts regional Parish Social Ministry conference

the Inland Register

(From the March 21, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Catholics from Washington, Oregon and Utah will be joining their Idaho counterparts at a regional conference on parish social ministry May 17-18 at St. Mark Church, Boise.

“We are looking for people who are engaged in the social ministry of the church,” said Christine Smith, director of Parish Social Ministry for Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI). “We are also looking for novices in the field.”

The regional conference is sponsored by Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA). Other sponsors include CCI, the Diocese of Boise, Catholic Charities of Spokane, the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., the Diocese of Salt Lake City, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The structure features three keynote speakers and two workshop periods with three sessions in each.

Three critical areas will be addressed: Direct service, leadership development and legislative advocacy.

A fourth area – immigration – has been added to the workshop menu because of its regional importance. Smith said there was overwhelming agreement on the need for immigration education from leaders in Spokane, Portland, and Salt Lake City.

On May 17, after a brief welcome, the first keynote will feature Jack Jezreel, creator and executive director of JustFaith Ministries. JustFaith is a key partner of CCUSA, Catholic Relief Services, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Bread for the World, Maryknoll, and Pax Christi USA in the campaign to eliminate poverty.

Keynote speakers the next morning include Rachel Lustig, CCUSA’s senior vice president of Mission and Ministry; and Sheila Gilbert, St. Vincent de Paul national president.

The first workshop period features:

• Direct Service: A panel discussion will be moderated by Mac Chester, a deacon candidate studying in the Boise Diocese’s Servant School program. The panel will be comprised of Henry Krewer, executive director of Corpus Christi House, a Boise homeless shelter; Mike Gallagher, president of the Southwest Idaho District Council of St. Vincent de Paul and a member of the national board; Scott Cooper, Catholic Charities of Spokane’s Parish Social Ministry director; John Pettinger, the Knights of Columbus State Deputy in Idaho; and Raul Yumul, Refugee Resettlement for Catholic Community Services in the Diocese of Salt Lake City.
• Legislative Advocacy: Kathy Saile, director of Domestic Social Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Lucreda Cobbs, senior director of Advocacy and Civic Engagement at CCUSA.
• Leadership Development: Lustig, and Deacon Richard F. Kulleck, diocesan director of Deacon/Lay Ministries Formation.

The second workshop period begins after lunch with the following lineup:

• Immigration: Cobbs, and Janie Mendez, regional director of CCI’s Family Strengthening Center in Nampa.
• Legislative Advocacy: Jean Hill, Government Liaison for the Diocese of Salt Lake City; and Matt Cato, director of the Archdiocese of Portland’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace.
• Leadership Development: Lustig and Deacon Kulleck continue their discussion.

A similar program will be held in Northern Idaho later in the year, led by Catholic Charities Spokane.

Because the topics are important, CCUSA offers some financial assistance to anyone who would like to attend but cannot afford it. Scholarship applications are due May 1; deadline to register is May 3. Translation in Spanish and Swahili will also be available.

A registration form and other information can be found at CCI’s Web site or at the CCUSA Web site:

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