• Sessions & Speakers

    Over 75 of the best speakers on Catholic leadership in two days!

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  • Resources & Networking

    Spend time in the Resource Center with exhibitors and colleagues.

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  • Leadership Track

    Leaders and leadership are the focus of MAC.

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  • Diversity

    The Mid-Atlantic Congress strives to be diverse.

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  • Technology

    Digital is the way MAC goes.

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What It Is

Welcome to the 4th Annual Mid-Atlantic Congress – Forming Catholic Leaders for Faith-filled Service, co-sponsored by the Association of Catholic Publishers and the Archdiocese of Baltimore, in partnership with the National Leadership Roundtable for Church Management. Together, these organizations have created a unique and dynamic conference created just for you, today’s Catholic pastoral and administrative leader.

The Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC) is organized around three themes, one for each of the three days, related to the New Evangelization.

  • Thursday—Encountering Christ in Faith
  • Friday—Encountering Christ in Worship
  • Saturday—Encountering Christ in Witness

Each day offers you the opportunity to be inspired by prestigious Leadership Assembly Keynote Speakers.

  • Thursday Afternoon: Brian Johnson (Director, Office of Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston)
  • Thursday Evening: Cardinal Timothy Collins (Archdiocese of Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
  • Friday Morning: Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP (Musician/Composer, OCP; lecturer at Santa Clara University)
  • Saturday Closing: Sherry Weddell (author and presenter on Forming Intentional Disciples, co-founder of the Siena Institute)

Working in partnership with other organizations, the Congress offers parish and diocesan staff and volunteers an in-depth opportunity to address temporal challenges facing Catholic leaders in the areas of management, finances, human resources, and planning.

Enjoy interacting with more than 75 extraordinary speakers as you meet people engaged in all ministries of the Church. Share your learning experiences through new communication technologies. Visit the new resource center to learn about important products and services to support your ministries.

We hope the 2015 MAC opens the doors for your faith-filled witness and service. We are happy you are here.

Goals of the Mid-Atlantic Congress

The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) on behalf of its publisher members and the Archdiocese of Baltimore in service to its parishes, convene a pastoral ministry leadership conference to:

  1. Bring the best of Catholic pastoral ministry, religious education/catechesis, prayer and worship, and theology to parish leadership through traditional and new forms of communication media.
  2. Provide an opportunity for parish and school leaders to network with each other and meet in peer groups for support and enrichment with possibility of these meetings continuing through informal groups and emerging social media following the conference.
  3. Provide an opportunity for parish and school leaders to dialogue with the Publishing community to discuss ministry resources and develop best practices and best ways of communicating faith in today’s fast changing environment.
  4. Provide an opportunity for skills development and enrichment.
  5. Celebrate our faith through prayer and worship.