Catechist Formation Day
Our Catholic Faith:
Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future
Saturday August 24, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.(CST)
Catholic Diocese of Evansville
4200 North Kentucky Avenue
Cost: $20 by August 9, $25 after
Sponsored by The Office of Catechesis,
Diocese of Evansville
New this year: 2 Breakout sessions in Spanish
Nuevo este año: 2 sesiones de grupo en español
Schedule for the Day:
8-8:30 a.m. Registration/ Snacks
8:30- 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Prayer
9:10-10:20 a.m. Keynote Speaker Dr. Tim Hogan
10:20- 10:35 a.m. Break
10:35- 11:35 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:35- 12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:40 p.m. Breakout Sessions & Evaluations
1:45 p.m. Closing Prayer
Vendor tables will be available with a variety of resources and gifts.
Morning Sessions (10:35- 11:35 am)
1. Faith and Science in Conversation (young adults/adult)- Sarah Bohrer
What role has science played throughout our religious tradition? How do we talk to about science and faith? Are they seen in conflict with one another? Where do we begin when talking about topics like evolution, bioethics, etc. What resources may be of help to us?
2. Teach me to Pray (elementary/ junior high)- Mary Grady
One of the greatest gifts we can give to the individuals we minister is to facilitate rich and diverse opportunities for prayer. It is in these experiences that we encounter the holy. We will look at the many different ways to engage youth in prayer.
3. Faith We Can Touch (elementary/junior high)- Sr. Bridget Arnold
We are familiar with the saying “actions speak louder than words.” Often, what we do (or experience) as part of worship or private practice may impact us more profoundly and be more meaningful than what we hear or speak. As catechists how do we integrate these opportunities for encounter into the time spent with our youth?
4. The Rhythm of Life: The Liturgical Year (all audiences)- Fr. Jason Gries
The Liturgical year has been described as marking time in a Catholic Way. How great is that? Just as seasons communicate to us the natural flow of life, the liturgical year leads us to a deeper spiritual way of life.
5. The many Faces of Mary (all audiences)- Dr. Sarah Wannemeuhler
What a beautiful Marian tradition we have within in the Catholic faith- one that needs to be shared in the present and with generations to come. We will look at ways to present Mary that will resonate with a new generation of believers.
Sesión de grupo de la mañana: Compartiendo nuestra tradición católica- Pedro Mendez
Uno de los grandes gozos de ser padre de familia o ser catequista es poder compartir nuestra fe con nuestros hijos. En esta sesión presentaremos algunas de las principales tradiciones de nuestra fe y daremos ejemplos concretos de cómo estas tradiciones pueden ser vividos en familia.
Afternoon Sessions (12:30- 1:30 pm)
6. Reconstructing Sacred Relationships within Today’s Cultural Hurricane (all audiences)- Dr. Tim Hogan
Today’s radical cultural changes are changing the landscape of human connections, often washing away our felt connection with God and one another. Dr. Hogan will help us understand the sources of these forces, then guide us with proven strategies to reconstruct sacred connections in our communities.
7. Connecting Faith and Life: The practice of Theological Reflection (all audiences)-Carol Ann Gaddis
What is Theological Reflection? How do we use it for our own personal growth? How do we use this method effectively in any ministry setting? Concrete examples will be given and discussed.
8. The Power of Prayer (young adults /adults)- Charlie Hardesty
We will explore an array of ways to pray as well as tips for enhancing the experience through the environment.
9. Signs, Symbols and Sacramentals: Opening the door to the Sacred Mystery (young adults/adult)- Sue Grenough
Our Catholic faith possesses a plethora of sights, sounds, and smells that can ignite our spiritual sense and lead us to moments of grace. We will discuss ways we can give life to all those in practical yet significant ways.
10. Chosen and Gifted (elementary/junior high)- Sharon Vogler
How do we awaken our young Church to knowledge of their giftedness and help them explore what gifts they possess and how they may be used in the here and now? How do we introduce this idea of giftedness and being called by relating scripture to their lives?
Sesión de grupo de la tarde: Una familia que reza... Padre Martin Estrada
En qué consiste una vida de oración profunda? Cómo la desarrollamos dentro de nosotros mismos y cómo la favorecemos dentro de nuestras familias? Como catequistas, cómo apoyamos a los padres de familia en esto?
Art by Julie Lonneman
Dr. Tim Hogan is a psychologist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist who co-authored How to Find the Help You Need, a guide to psychotherapy and spiritual direction, and recently released an album of guided meditations, Awakening Your Heart (iTunes). He directs The Grace Counseling Center in Detroit. He lives in Plymouth, Michigan, with his wife of 30 years, and has three adult children. Tim's weekly blogs inspire us to transform our desires and deepen human connections. He blogs at DrTimHogan.com/my-blog/. He contributed to RCL Benziger’s Family Life series.
What people have said about
"I love the Spirit that is alive among the folks who attend."
"I enjoyed the whole day. The keynote was great. The breakouts were great. Lunch was great. Thank you for putting this day on."
"The speakers were phenomenal. Their topics were relevant."
"Got me fired up for the new year! Thank you!"
"I love gathering every year for this!"