Imagination Sessions, Monday 05/23

1:30–3:00 pm


Bird 201. The Care and Feeding of Catechists:  Seven Simple Strategies to Honor, Inspire and Motivate Your Catechists!
The General Directory states that nothing is as important as the person of the catechist and Pope Francis supports the vocation of catechists when he says:  “More than ever we need you and your catechetical ministry, so that with your creative gestures, you may as David did, bring music and joy on your journey with God’s tired people.”  Join us as we share strategies to affirm the courageous call to this vocation and inspire catechists on their formative journey.


Curran 202. Individual Spiritual Growth Plans: What They Are and Why You Need Them!
If your children are to be viewed as apprentices and not depositories of facts as our documents suggest, they we must first stop the practice of simply pushing children who come from multiple spiritual development backgrounds through the “system” as if they were in a factory. To be engaged in their faith requires all children AND families be received as individuals and in partnership with the parish they have a specific spiritual growth plan that outlines what is to be learned, how it will be practiced and what needs to happen at home.


Dayler, M.T.S 203. Sharing Our Stories: Sharing Our Faith 
Sharing Our Stories : Sharing Our Faith is a workshop that explores the role of Seniors/ Grandparents in passing on of the faith to their Grandchildren.  More and more we see active involvement of seniors in the on-going spiritual lives of their grandchildren. Both as Memory Keepers or Memory Makers, grand parents have a significant role to play in handing on the faith. This session will look at the importance of acknowledging and encouraging grandparents in this role. Together we will look at current trends, and resources for how we might use the great gift of seniors in our catechetical work.  This workshop is based on a book by the same title, to be published by Novalis, in the fall of 2016


Dees 204. Empowering Parents as Disciples and Teachers  
What if we looked at parents as the primary beneficiaries of our religious education programs instead of just the kids? How would that transform our catechetical ministries? In this session, Jared Dees will inspire participants with a new vision for religious education that catechizes the kids and evangelizes the parents. Only after the parents have encountered Christ through the evangelizing efforts of the parish, can they truly embrace their calling as primary educators of the faith. With the practical tools and inspiring case studies offered in this session, participants will be able to go back to their parishes and finally tear down the barriers between the parents and their catechetical programs.


East 205. Catechizing Youth for Missionary Discipleship 
We are being called to form youth as missionary disciples. Parishes throughout the country have found key practices and are providing youth ministry in new ways that help young people live their faith actively as young adults and adults.  These communities built a strong foundation for effective youth ministry through vision, collaboration, faith witness, connections with families and active involvement of youth.  This workshop will explore the essential strategies and practices of parishes that are developing young disciples who thrive and building youth ministry that grows.


Kremer 206. Forming Missionary Disciples through Parish Small-Faith Sharing Groups
This workshop will explore how the core purpose of parish small faith-sharing groups is to make missionary disciples who gather, pray, listen to, and act on God’s Word in light of our current human situation. Supporting Pope Francis’ vision in The Joy of the Gospel, practical insights will be offered on how to launch and grow parish small communities as vehicles of discipleship.

Deacon Steve

Mitchell 207. Alpha and the Year of Mercy 
We believe that the Lord has blessed Alpha to be an instrument of His mercy this year. What a great act of mercy to run Alpha, invite someone to Alpha, or serve on Alpha. Through Alpha and the work of the Holy Spirit we can feed our brothers and sisters both physically and spiritually, attending to their wounds and binding them up with the tender mercy of our God. Join us to learn how you can bring Alpha to your parish or diocese.  Catholics stand for a culture of life even in the face of what Pope Francis calls a ‘throw-way culture’. Yet, many Catholics struggle to understand the consistent ethic of life as it relates to capital punishment. Catholic Mobilizing Network will explore how to educate and evangelize around respect for life, social justice, and the year of mercy in the context of the death penalty. We will provide you with practical engagement tools to be used in your diocese, parish, or school for a variety of age groups and audiences.

Jo Ann

Paradise 208. Do You Dare?
Do you dare give yourself permission to honestly reflect on what might be necessary to meet the needs of the families in your parish? How do you invite them to move deeper into relationship with Christ? Maybe what they need is a “faith coach.” What is a faith coach? How do you find coaches and train them? Explore this innovative concept and imagine the difference it might make for your parish.


Pinto 209. The Gift of Being Catholic 
In our pluralistic American society—where the average Catholic grows up in the midst of dozens of different religions—it is easy to lose sight of the particular blessing of being Catholic. In this upbeat, positive talk, Matthew Pinto takes us on a beautiful journey to both the overt and sublime gifts that Jesus gave the world in the Catholic Church.


Ruzicki 210. From Mass to Mission: The Connection between Liturgical Catechesis and Dynamic Discipleship
In Catechesi Tradendate, St. John Paul II states that “catechesis is intrinsically linked with the whole of liturgical and sacramental activity” of the parish. Participants in this session will specifically explore how catechists can/must echo their faith as liturgical disciples who gather weekly at Eucharist and are then sent forth in mission. Special attention will be given to the role of ongoing mystatogy (post-baptismal catechesis) in the life of the parish.

Sr. Janet

Schaeffler, OP 211. The Future of Adult Faith Formation   
This workshop will present a vision of the future through four scenarios that describe what adult faith formation could look like in parish communities throughout the next five years (2016-2020). We will explore practical strategies for the four scenarios to develop vibrant faith formation for the four seasons of adulthood: young adults, midlife adults, mature adults, and older adults over the next five years.

Mary Ann



Muller  212. Why Do They Do It That Way? Mentoring Millennials in an Intergenerational Church
In 2015, Millennials surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the U.S. labor force. According to a 2011 study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), 68% of ministry staff members in parishes are over the age of 50, and 40% are over the age of 60. In this interactive workshop we hope to address the challenges and fruits of intergenerational professional relationships and share our experience of welcoming millennials into the ministerial workforce. Participants will engage in and learn how to mentor and retain millennials with the hope that together we can better catechize as a Church. All generations are encouraged to participate in this session!






Valenzula 213    Connectiong with Generation “C”
Generation “C” is being defined as people who are under 25 years of age.  The reason for the “C” label is that they are connected, creative, looking for community, curious and they seek good content. One of the things that may be missing from the “C” generation is Christ. In the spirit of the New Evangelization we need to develop new and engaging ways to connect with this generation and not just evangelize but catechize them as well. In this workshop we will explore who is Generation “C” and possible strategies to reach out to this group. Online and social media activities will be shared during this session.


Ductram 214, Hechos a Imagen de Dios: Catequesis para Niños con Necesidades Especiales
Las Sagradas Escrituras y los documentos de la iglesia, nos llaman a que formemos en la fe a todo bautizado, especialmente a los que tienen una discapacidad. Y aunque hacemos eco a esta visión, nos preguntamos, cómo los invitamos? Cómo damos la bienvenida o los incluimos? Dónde iniciamos? Cuáles son las estrategias más efectivas? Cómo saber si estamos preparados para trabajar con niños con discapacidad? En esta sesión hablaremos sobre la visión de la Iglesia en los Estados Unidos para la catequesis con las personas con necesidades especiales y la aplicación efectiva de esa visión. En esta sesión compartiremos recursos valiosos que ayudaran a iniciar y fortalecer una catequesis más inclusiva.
Made in God’s Image: Catechesis for Children with Special Needs 
Sacred Scripture and church documents call us to form the faith of all the baptized, especially those with special needs. And although we echo this view, we wonder how do we invite? How do we welcome or we include them? Where do we start? What are the most effective strategies out there? How do we know if we are ready to work with children with disabilities? On this session, we will discuss the vision of the Church in the United States for catechesis with people with special needs and the effective implementation of that vision. We will share valuable resources to help start and build a more inclusive catechesis.


Ospino, Ph.D. 215. El Quinto Encuentro como modelo de catequesis evangelizadora
En el año 2017 la Iglesia Católica en los Estados Unidos entrará en un proceso de evangelización de cuatro años, llamado el Quinto Encuentro Nacional de Pastoral Hispana/Latina. Este proceso tiene como meta involucrar a miles de parroquias, casi todas las diócesis y todas las organizaciones e instituciones ministeriales en el país. Uno de los objetivos del proceso es identificar al menos 20,000 líderes hispanos nuevos y muchos más de otras etnicidades. Ésta es una oportunidad para que los católicos en los Estados Unidos renovemos nuestra identidad como “Discípulos misioneros: testigos del amor de Dios”. Este taller explora la visión y el contenido de las cinco catequesis que guiarán el proceso del Quinto Encuentro.