2019 Mid-Atlantic Congress
Feb. 14-16, 2019
BC1, Going, Going, Gone: Now What?
Speaker: Bob McCarty
In their study, Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, Saint Mary’s Press provides extensive research on young Catholics who have left the Church, identifying the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation. Now we need to identify the practical pastoral responses and strategies that can enhance affiliation and engagement with the faith community and examine implications for parish and school life, vocational discernment, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. Come ready to enter into candid, honest, and realistic discussions, both as ministry leaders and as caring individuals, as together we explore what it means to accompany young people on their spiritual journeys.
Sponsor: Saint Mary’s Press
BC2, The Effective Catechetical Leader: Practical Skills, Strategies, and Approaches
Speakers: Joe Paprocki, DMin, Donna Grimes
In this boot camp, Joe Paprocki, DMin and Donna Grimes will walk catechetical leaders through six critical aspects of catechetical leadership drawing from the Effective Catechetical Leader series from NCCL and Loyola Press. Participants will explore the vocation of catechetical ministry, servant leadership, the relationship between catechesis and evangelization, how to cultivate catechists, best practices for catechetical ministries, and the target audiences of faith formation.
Sponsor: Loyola Press
BC3, Accompanying Youth in a Digital World
Speaker: Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp
This bootcamp is for those who feel they have some proficiency with the use of technology, but want to take it to the next level in terms of engaging their youth to form them as digital disciples. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices for this hands-on boot camp. Attendees will practice curating and creating content as well as developing a toolbox to share in their parish or diocese.
Sponsor: National Catholic Educational Association
Speaker: Rich Curran
Sponsor: World Library Publications
BC5, Are You Ready to Enter the World of Family Catechesis?
Speakers: Dr. Kathie Amidei, Dr. JoAnn Paradise
Do you have some trepidation about the time and energy this will take? Are you concerned the parents will simply walk away? If so, this is the place for you. You will flex your imagination muscles and get both theological and practical help in making this vision a reality for your parish. Dr. Kathie Amidei and Dr. Jo Ann Paradise who have a combined 70 years in parish ministry will facilitate this engaging and interactive intensive.
Sponsor: Our Sunday Visitor
Plan on spending your Thursday morning with us from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at one of the boot camps led by our collaborators and sponsors.