2014 Conference

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NCCL's 78th Annual 
Conference and Exposition    


Energize, Evangelize, Catechize

Energizar, Evangelizar, Catequizar

          Monday-Thursday:   May 19-22, 2014
          Pre-conference:         May 18, 2014
          Post-conference:       May 22, 2014

The 78th Annual NCCL Conference and Exposition
will be held in St. Louis, MO. at the 
Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel, 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, Mo.
Conference Dates: May 19-22, 2014
with pre-conference events, NACMP, FCH and the
Representative Council Meeting on Sunday, May 18, 2014.A peek inside the NCCL 2014 Annual Conference plans:

Monday: Energizing the church – keynote by Sherry Weddell, author of Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus.

PCL Forum: Being and forming better disciple-teachers and servant-leaders – Jared Dees, author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator.

DCL Forums, Collaborative Meeting: A panel of presenters, including Sr. Margaret Kuntz, Dr. Peter Murphy, Matthew Pinto, Jonathan Sullivan, and Sherry Weddell will offer insights to assist the forum members in processing the Monday keynote, applying it to their ministries and networking among themselves.

Tuesday: The call to evangelize – 3 perspectives: 

Intercultural – Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, assistant director for the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church at the U.S.C.C.B..
Technology – Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator for Distance Learning Systems, Loyola Institute for Ministry.
Young adults – Fr. Paul Marshall, SM, educator at St. Louis School.

Wednesday:The catechumenal model as inspiration for all catechesis – Mary Birmingham, author of Year – Round Catechumenate, and Dorothy Mensah-Aggrey, Curriculum Design & Adult Catechesis Coordinator, Institute for Pastoral Initiatives.

Thursday: Taking Steps Forward: Making Church Matter  by Thomas Corcoran, co-author of “Rebuilt” and “Tools for Rebuilding” by Ave Maria Pres, and Chris Wesley, Director of Student Ministry at Church of the Nativity.

Prior to the call of Pope Francis to share the “Joy of the Gospel”, the Church of the Nativity embarked on a process “to grow disciples, develop a healthier parish community, and more intentionally and effectively serve the New Evangelization.”

This presentation will include the Church of the Nativity’s story, offer key strategies that drove the transformation of the parish and provide a living witness to the words of Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation: “Whenever we make the effort to return to the source and to recover the original freshness of the Gospel, new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today’s world. Every form of authentic evangelization is always “new”.(11)

Don’t delay. The 78th Annual NCCL Conference and Exposition is May 19-22, 2014 in St. Louis at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel. Discounted early pre-registration for NCCL members and all Catechetical Leaders from the conference host city!  Click here to Register online or Click here to download the registration form.

The 2014 Conference Planning Committee Members are:

Chris Malmevik, Chair
José Amaya                      Lee Nagel
Kim Diaz                            Karen Pesek
Richard Drabik                  Kathy Schoen
Elizabeth Girton                Jonathan Sullivan
Joanie McKeown              Russell Peterson

Watch this site for updates on:
–  Conference brochure
          –  Conference schedule
          –  Conference speakers
          –  Conference sponsors and exhibitors

The NCCL 2014 Planning Committee is accepting sponsorship offers for meals, receptions, speakers and in-kind donations.  Please contact Terry Wessels or Jacki Giacone (contact information shown at the bottom of this page) to discuss possibilites that are open for the 2014 Conference.

The NCCL 2014 Exhibit Hall
Will be open on:     Tuesday May 20, and Wednesday May 21, 2014
Setup will be on:     Monday, May 19, 2014

Dismantling will be on:     Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in the evening.

Publisher Round-Robin will be held on Monday evening from 5:00 – 6:15 pm.

Exhibit Invitation  and On-line Registration will be available on December 3, 2013!