• The 2018 MAC offers single and multi-day intensive courses in parish renewal, cultural competence, music ministry, and parish engagement.


(Thursday, Feb. 15-Saturday, Feb. 17)

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Divine Renovation: Developing Parish Leaders for the 21st Century is a track for pastors/pastoral life directors and their staff to look at ways to renew and revitalize your parish for mission and evangelization.

Fr. Simon and Ron Huntley, leaders of numerous Divine Renovation workshops with Fr. James Mallon, author of the book, will lead you and your pastoral team through highly successful strategies to renew your parish life and make it a source of evangelization in your community.

  • Rethink your model of parish life.
  • Revitalize your parish evangelization program quickly and easily.
  • Address the “fear factor” that prevents Catholics from fully participating in parish life.
  • Learn simple and concrete strategies to transform parish morale.

Here’s what you need to know in order to participate.

  • Divine Renovation takes place during the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Congress, Feb. 15-17, 2018
  • Participation is limited to parish groups of 3-4 people led by the pastor (or pastoral life director.)
  • The registration deadline for Divine Renovation is December 15, 2017.
  • Registration fee for Divine Renovation is $225, and includes MAC, lunch on Thursday and Friday, and all materials.

Fr. Simon Lobo is pastor of St. Benedict Parish, and mentored by Fr. James Mallon. He has recently  published a book, Priest, Prophet, Pupil, based on what he has learned about parish renewal and leadership through Divine Renovation.

Since working side-by-side with Fr. James Mallon to transform St. Benedict Parish, Halifax, Canada, Ron Huntley continues his work through international speaking engagements, the Divine Renovation podcast, and the Divine Renovation coaching network.


(Thursday, Feb. 15-Friday, Feb. 16)

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Training of the Trainers workshop provides an opportunity for ministers to attain a foundational level of competence in intercultural relations and communications. It is also designed to orient trainers to methodology, strategies, and activities suited to teach the content of the program. 

The two-day workshop aims to prepare the ministry leader to: 

  • Articulate the general outlines of a theology and spirituality of ministry in intercultural settings, with special attention to concepts of evangelization and inculturation.
  • Seek an understanding of cultures and how they work.
  • 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 life and mission of your parish and diocese.
  • Teach the five modules with confidence.

Have questions about the training? Contact: Yolanda Taylor-Burwell at 

SponsorU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops/Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church


(Friday, Feb. 16)

During this full-day track, you will learn about the 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.

Who should attend? This Intensive is especially for clergy, business managers, parish administrators, financial managers and committees, stewardship committees, and faith formation leaders.

Sponsor: Our Sunday Visitor

¡CELEBREMOS! LET US CELEBRATE! (Hispanic Music Track) (en espanol)

(Saturday, Feb. 17)

Un día de formación, reflexión, y oración para ministros de música
Acompaña Peter Kolar, Rafael Moreno, y Ángel Correa en un día de instituto para directores de música, directores de coros, y músicos pastorales, ofrecida completamente en español.

Temas incluyen:

  • Un entendimiento detallado de los documentos USCCB Cantemos al Señor: La Música en el Culto Divino
  • Lo que significa planear y ofrecer música durante la liturgia
  • Espiritualidad y discipulado de los ministros de música
  • ¡y más!

SponsorWorld Library Publications