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Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference Sessions of Interest Part II

(Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference formerly known as The Johannes Hofinger Conference)

Friday, January 9, 2014 - 2:45-3:45 p.m.

302 Ansel Augustine -  Reaching the Unreachable: Outreach to At-Risk-Risk Youth. Where is the church not at? How do we reach those young people that may or may not, be in our parishes? This workshop will look at the lives of “at-risk” youth and how we, as adults, can engage our leadership to reach beyond our comfort zone to reach those youth that are times unseen/forgotten by society.

308.  Paul Sanfrancesco -  Technology Evangelizers of the Gospel.  Like the original evangelists, today's tour technology evangelizers offer ways to present the Gospel message to different purposes to varied audiences. This session includes the four technology evangelizers making them your means of proclaiming Jesus Christ - Youth Tube, Vine, Instagram and Twitter106.

Saturday, January 10, 2014 - 11:12:00 p.m.

 401 Ansel Augustine - Engaging the Next Generation of Ministry Leaders This workshop will focus on how adults can effectively reach out to the young people and young adults of our community.  We will look at youth and young adult culture today and how we, as church leaders can effectively engage them to share their gifts in ministry.

 402 Pamela Elsey -  Bible Stories Alive! Come learn and share some fun, compelling, and memorable ways to pass on our beloved Catholic Bible stories to our beloved elementary children! (See website for complete information on presenter and this workshop. www.GulfCoastFaithFormationConference.org

404 Ann Garrido -  Challenging Conversations: Strategies for Working thru Ministerial Conflicts. Do you find yourself stuck in the same disagreements over and over again?  Are you avoiding a situation in the hope that it will just go away?  Come and learn a framework for analyzing the conflicts that pop up in any ministry along with a set of skills to help engage the difficult conversations that need to be had.,

Saturday January 10th - 1:30-2:30 p.m.

506 Katrina Rae -  Who Me, an Evangelist?  God calls and we assume His call is for someone else...anyone else! But, it's not just Father Joe, Sister Maria or that person sitting next to you...it's you who God is calling. This workshop addresses our ability to see ourselves as evangelists and to respond to God's call on our life. Often we do not recognize and fulfill the potential that God has placed in us to serve Him and effectively help others in their faith journey. This session will help explore the deterrents to becoming the evangelist that God calls us to be. The session will also help attendees respond positively to that call.

508 Dr. Joseph White -  Early Childhood Catechesis: Why It's Important and Six Steps to Success.  This workshop led by a child psychologist and author of the Allelu Early Childhood Curriculum, will focus on current research about how preschoolers and kindergartners learn best.  Participants will be shown specific techniques for actively engaging the mind of the preschooler in learning the lessons of our faith.

Saturday January 10th - 2:45-3:45 p.m.

601 Kathleen Dorsey Bellow -   African-American spirituality in Liturgy. The people of God are called to Sunday worship that forms them to live Christ-centered lives Monday through Saturday. This session will focus on particular gifts of the African American community that promote a celebration of the Eucharist that will send us forth to witness, proclaim and serve.

604 Br. Mickey McGrath, OFSF -  The Holy Family: A Mama, A Papa, and their Baby Boy. Using the colorful images and stories from his art book trilogy on Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Brother Mickey will offer unique and inspirational glimpses into the life of the Holy-Family and their relevance for us in the twenty-first century, multi-cultural church. The themes of Respect for women and a thirst for social justice will be highlighted alongside the simple details of ordinary family life.  A joyful and moving look at life, death and love...all the elements that make ordinary families quite extraordinary indeed. 

Mornning of Reflection 2014

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Morning of Reflection

Dr. Carole Eipers, Executive Director of Catechetics for William H. Sadlier, Inc., was the guest speaker at the Morning of Reflection recently for DREs, CREs and Youth Ministers of the diocese. She has served in parish ministries for over 20 years as a teacher, Director of Religious Education, Youth Minister and Pastoral Associate. Through pantomime and story telling and exercises for group participation, Eipers shared her many years of experience and wisdoms. Her book, Sending Out Roots: Helping Parents and Teachers to Share the Faith was published by Veritas Publishers, Dublin, Ireland and is available through William H. Sadlier, Inc.    

Gulf Coast Formation Conference: Part 1. Sessions of Interest

(Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference formerly known as The Johannes Hofinger Conference)

Friday, January 9, 2015 - (Breakout session 11:00-12:00 p.m.)

106  Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale - Is There An App for That? Best Practices for Integrating Social Media and Digital Technologies Into Fatih Formation How can social media and other digital technologies be used in faith formation? Are you tired of working harder not smarter when it comes to ministry and technology?  This workshop will answer these key questions, and explore free or inexpensive internet based technologies to help you integrate technology into your work as a ministry leader.

108  Dr. Joseph White - The Way God Teaches: Catholic Schools and the Divine Pedagogy. What makes a Catholic school unique? One clear difference is Catholic identity. But how can we ensure that his difference permeates everything that we do?  The answer to this question can be found in the pedagogy of God. This session will discuss five aspects of the divine pedagogy (the way God teaches us) and how to practically apply them in a Catholic School community. (Sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor).

Friday, January 9, 2015 - (Breakout session 1:30-2:30 p.m.)

204  Amy Florian - Grieving While They're Still Growing Up. What do you do when a child is grieving? What are normal signs of grief and how can you support the child through them? Is there anything you can do before grief strikes to educate yourself and your students so you are all better able to cope? Come for an information-packed, practical session and learn how to help.

207  Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP - If you Build It, They Will Come. (Assembling Adult Faith Formation in 2015). "If you build it , he will come", a voice said in Field of Dreams. The Church's on-going dream is adult faith formation for everyone. Where do we begin (or add on a new addition)? We'll look at some plans for a firm foundation and a few tools for constructing a spacious and sprawling structure of adult faith formation for today's adult disciples.

Look for another entry next week. You can also access the complete schedule for the Conference at www.GulfCoastFaithFormationConference.org and/or www.HofingerConference.org

Gulf Coast Conference Saturday Keynote Speaker

2015 Hofinger Gulf CoastKeynote Speaker for Saturday morning. Reverend Michael Carrano. January 10, 2015 - 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Are You in Tune with God? Is your ministry, as a catechist or parish leader of Religious Education, spiritually, intellectually and creatively, in tune with God's symphony? Our ministry in Religious Education shdould celebrate the rhythm, melody and harmony of God's plan as we proclaim, witness and serve the Church.

Rev. Michael A. Carrano was a parish priest, school principal, DRE, pastor in brooklyn and now is pastor of Our Lady of Hope parish in Queens. For ten years Father was the Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry/Adolescent Catechesis and College Campus Ministry. Presently, Father is also an adjunct faculty member in the Religious Studies Department of St. Francis College, Brooklyn. He has an M.Div. from Immaculate Conception Seminary. Father Carrano has been privileged to conduct a Webinar for Sadlier and was a consultant for Sadlier's new Confirmation text.

(Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference formerly known as the Johannes Hofinger Conference).

Complete registration information can be found on either of these websites. www.GulfCoastFaithFormationConference.org or www.HofingerConference.org   

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