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January 9, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 5






– Necrology


Making sense of mystery: Theological, pastoral & practical approaches to sacraments in the Parish Community

The Sullivan Conference 2012 — OUR FIRST BI-LINGUAL CONFERENCE!!!

In 2012 Sullivan Conference is not only in TWO locations, but in TWO languages!!! Through mutual planning with the Hispanic Director for Catholic Education, the Christian Formation Commission and the diocesan staff, Sullivan Conference 2012 will be conducted in English on Tuesday/Wednesday, May 15-16 and in Spanish on Saturday, May 19. All parish leaders serving English and Spanish communities, Catholic School Religion Coordinators, principals, RCIA leaders, pastors, and deacons will benefit from this conference.

graphic: Emily Filippi is the diocesan Director of Christian Formation.Focusing on Sacraments, our keynote speaker Father Andrew Ciferni, O.Praem will explore the nature of ritual, helping us notice the patterns/rituals that identify us as members of our family. Probing further, Father Ciferni will look into our initiation and patterns/rituals so we recognize the deeper significance of how we are formed in faith. Father Ciferni will expand our understanding of the power of sacraments as encounters with God’s grace leading to discipleship and mission. Through his four keynote talks, our understanding of Baptism, Eucharist and Penance will be challenged and enriched.

Noted national speakers will present engaging breakouts focusing on empowering families to partner with parishes to nurture the spirituality of their children.

Subsidy from the Annual Appeal will make this conference affordable for many to attend from your parish! Online registration opens in early January.

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