Building Intercultural Competence for Ministry
(Thursday, Feb. 16-Saturday, Feb. 18)

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Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) training will increase your capacity to welcome, receive, and encourage all emerging cultural groups to participate and assume leadership roles in the Church. Our hope is that, in turn, you will train others to do the same.

Gain a foundational competence in intercultural relations and communications. You will also learn methodology, strategies, and activities to teach the content of the program.

This two and a half day program aims to prepare you to:

  • Articulate the general outlines of a theology and spirituality of ministry in intercultural settings, with special attention to concepts of evangelization and inculturation
  • Increase awareness regarding how to communicate appropriately and effectively with persons and groups in cultures other than your own
  • Gain the ability to identify and articulate obstacles that impede group interaction
  • Provide a rationale for the inclusion and integration of diverse cultural groups into the life and mission of your parish and diocese

Sponsor: USCCB-Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church

The “Engaged” Parish:  Best Practices to Foster a Vibrant Community of Faith-Filled Parishioners
(Friday, Feb. 17)

Attend this full-day to start your journey to a vibrant parish community full of parishioners who are living your parish mission.  You will learn about best practices and practical ideas for getting and keeping the attention of parishioners, operating in gratitude for your abundant gifts, and setting a direction for the parish that inspires everyone.  You will also hear ideas about working as a full parish leadership team to catechize and form everyone to know and love Christ.

This full-day track will help the parish team plan and implement the components to become a community of engaged parishioners who have opened their hearts to Christ.  Start with an overview of best practices for engagement, with foundation in the bishop’s pastoral letter for stewardship.  We will review what experts say about engaging parishioners and making the connection between spirituality and financial giving and lay out the concept of an annual process that can become an outline of a plan for the parish.

In the next section of the day you will review how to use your resources to create “the Engaged Parish”.   This will include a session on Digital and Print Communications and another on Financial Transparency and Stability.Then we will provide ideas and recommendations for re-evangelizing your parish community as they become excited about the parish and about their Catholic faith.  You will hear great ideas for ongoing faith formation including traditional resources and digital apps as a resource.
Sponsor: Our Sunday Visitor

The 2017 MAC offers one- and two-day intensive courses in cultural competence, RCIA, music ministry, and parish engagement.

RCIA: The Conjunction of Catechesis, Liturgy, and Apprenticeship

(Friday, Feb. 17-Saturday, Feb. 18)
This intensive has been designed for “seasoned” RCIA ministers, as well as those new to initiation ministry. Building upon the foundational principles for the catechumenate espoused by the Second Vatican Council, this intensive will focus on proven catechetical methods for initiation and principles for the celebrations of the rites of the RCIA. Rooted solidly within the apprenticeship model of Christian formation, this intensive will surely help “shake up” our current initiation practice!

Five One Hour Sessions
Session One: RCIA Introduction – getting us all on the same starting page. RCIA: Structure and foundational principles; The Apprenticeship Model

Session Two: importance of the liturgical year as formative; what “accommodated to the liturgical year” really means; Initiatory Catechesis: What is the Precatechumenate

Session Three: Brief Overview of the Rite of Acceptance, The Catechumenate Period, including a possible sample experience of this kind of catechumenal formation

Session Four: Brief Overview of the Rite of Sending for Election, then a focus on Purification and Enlightenment and the Scrutinies.

Session Five: Time for Questions; Let the participants raise the Pastoral Issues: Be ready for questions about Christian Initiation of Children of Catechetical Age, Baptized Candidates, “Adult Confirmation,” Ongoing vis a vis accommodated to the liturgical year.


Jerry Galipeau is Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer for the J.S. Paluch Company and its music and liturgy division, World Library Publications (WLP), in Franklin Park, Illinois. Before coming to WLP, he served for fifteen years as Director of Liturgy and Music at parishes in Florida and Illinois. Jerry has presented keynotes and workshops throughout the United States and Canada on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, liturgical spirituality, ritual music, evangelization, and adult spiritual formation. Past chair of the Board of Directors of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, Jerry was a frequent team member for Forum's institutes. A popular parish mission presenter and retreat leader, Jerry earned the Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in liturgical studies from Catholic Theological Union at Chicago in 1999. Jerry's articles have appeared in Catechumenate, Liturgical Singer, Pastoral Music, Today's Parish, and other magazines, as well as Sourcebook for Sundays and Seasons. Jerry's books are published by World Library Publications, including Prayer Services for Parish Life, Apprenticed to Christ: Activities for Practicing the Catholic Way of Life, and his latest book You Have Put on Christ: Cultivating a Baptismal Spirituality.

Mary Birmingham is the director of music, liturgy, and Christian Initiation at Ascension Catholic Community in Melbourne, Florida. Mary is a graduate of Saint John University's School of Theology, Collegeville, Minnesota, with a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Liturgy.  She has been the recipient of the Diocese of Orlando's annual "Sower Award" for excellence in the area of evangelization on a local and national level.  Mary was a team member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and is a popular presenter at national and diocesan workshops in the areas of initiation and sacramental and liturgical catechesis across the United States and Canada. Many of her books, including Formed in Faith, Confirming Adult Catholics, and Purified and Enlightened, are published by World Library Publications. She is currently working on a new resource focused on children and Christian initiation.

Sponsor: World Library Publications

Instituto OCP--Cantemos al Senor!

(Viernes, 17 de febrero-Sabado, 18 de febrero)

Dia de formacion para ministros de musica (salmistas, cantores, miembros del coro, instrumentistas y todo miembro del ministerio de musica.) Dirigido por Damaris Thillet, Ivan Diaz, Alberto Coppo, Rodolfo Lopez.

  • La dinamica de la Misa y la musica
  • El musico lirico en la liturgia
  • Eleva tu voz al cielo (tecnicas de vocalizacion)
  • Un pueblo, una voz: Como guiar a la asamblea en el canto

Sponsor: OCP


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