Speaker and Session Info

Keynote address by 

 Joe Paprocki

“Living as Missionary Disciples”

joe-2015We are pleased to welcome back Joe Paprocki to the Archdiocese of Atlanta to deliver the keynote address.

If your car runs out of gas and you pull off to the side of the road, the last thing you want is for someone to come along and tell you what you did wrong! What you really want and need is someone with a gas can who can drive you to the nearest station – someone who is going to help you get going again; to find a way forward. To be a missionary disciple is to be someone who is sent forth by Jesus to search for those who are “stuck” on life’s journey because they have placed their faith in sources of energy that are unreliable. Missionary disciples offer people a way forward – namely, a life that is powered by the renewable source of energy offered to us through the Holy Spirit. In this keynote, Joe Paprocki, DMin, will identify how today, people of all ages are “running dry” and how we, as evangelists and catechists, are sent on a rescue mission, equipped with practical tools for inviting them to find a way forward in Jesus Christ.

Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press in Chicago. He has over 35 years of experience in pastoral ministry and has presented in nearly 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is the author of numerous books on pastoral ministry and catechesis, including the best-selling The Catechist’s Toolbox and A Well-Built Faith and his most recent, A Church on the Move: 52 Ways to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion (all from Loyola Press). Joe earned his Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies, and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL. Joe serves as a catechist and blogs about the experience at www.catechistsjourney.com. He and his wife Joanne, who have 2 grown children, live just outside of Chicago, IL.

Keynote Address  (en español):

Padre Victor ReyesVictor Reyes

“Viviendo Como Discípulos Misioneros”

Muchas veces no reconocemos el potencial que Dios nos ha dado para servirle a él y para acompañar a otros en el camino de la vida. El discípulo misionero es alguien que reconoce es enviado por Jesucristo para identificar y acompañar a otros en su caminar de fe, especialmente a aquellos que se sienten “atascados” o “maniatados” a lo largo de ese sendero. Discípulos misioneros ofrecen una visión que es impulsada por la gracia del Espíritu Santo y que responde a los anhelos más profundos del ser humano. 

El Reverendo Victor Reyes nos ayudará a identificar como los bautizados y especialmente los catequistas somos llamados a ser instrumentos para llegar cada vez más al pueblo de Dios y como somos enviados de manera especial a acompañarles a encontrar el camino para conocer y para seguir a Jesucristo.

El reverendo Victor Reyes es un sacerdote de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta y actualmente sirve como párroco de Our Lady of La Salette Parish en Canton, Georgia. El reverendo Reyes tiene amplia experiencia en ministerios catequéticos y de iniciación a nivel parroquial, diocesano y nacional. Victor se ha desempeñado como instructor de liturgia y homilética para programas de formación ministerial tanto para laicos como para el clero. Su labor pastoral a nivel parroquial, diocesano, regional y nacional le ha llevado a servir extensamente facilitando talleres, dirigiendo retiros, y predicando renovaciones parroquiales. El es consultor bilingüe en las areas de Iniciación Cristiana, Formación Litúrgica, Ministerios Multiculturales y Desarrollo de Liderazgo. El reverendo Reyes se desempeñó por muchos años como miembro del equipo nacional del North American Forum on the Catechumenate, actualmente sirve en el Atlanta Forum on the Catechumenate.

Featured Speakers:

Kevin Dowdkevin-dowd

A Spirituality of Imperfection

In a culture that has made an idol of perfection (physical, athletic, academic, etc.) and encourages masking our imperfections, the Church’s teaching about grace is more necessary than ever. We need a spirituality that helps our young people to have lofty ideals while also recognizing human weakness and sinfulness. A spirituality of imperfection, deeply rooted in Catholic faith and Scripture, can help us to accept ourselves as we are while also opening us to the growth that grace makes possible.

Using Scripture in Catechesis

Atheists know Scripture well, including its violence and inconsistencies, and use that knowledge to attack our young people’s faith. Fundamentalists also know Scripture, and their literal reading of the Bible is exactly what the atheists pounce upon. Our young people have nothing to fear from the atheists and fundamentalists if we share with them the Catholic tradition of reading the Bible, and this workshop will give you the skills to do so.

Kevin Dowd is a doctoral candidate in theology and education at Boston College; he holds a masters in religious education from B.C. and a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard. After college, Kevin volunteered for two years with the Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries in Garrison, New York as a member of the Capuchin Franciscan volunteer Corps.The third of eight sons, Kevin is from Worcester, MA and attended public schools there. He has taught religious education at various parishes and to various age groups in MA and NY, as well as teaching in both the public and Catholic school systems. Currently, Kevin teaches Catholic social teaching at Anna Maria College and he writes a weekly blog for Bayard publishing, which can be found at www.gospelweeklies.com/blog

Sponsored by Pflaum Publishing

Father Michael SillowayFr. Michael Silloway

Sexuality and Transgenderism: The Truth in Love

St. John Paul II left the Church a masterpiece of theological work in his Theology of the Body, and catechists, clergy and lay alike need to see the Church’s teaching on sexuality through the lens of this scriptural, scientific, pastoral, and philosophical framework to truthfully and lovingly address the real needs and concerns of the people entrusted to our ministerial care.

Fr. Michael Silloway is a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta serving as chaplain at St. Pius X Catholic High School. After graduating from Franciscan University, he was sent to Rome, Italy, for priestly formation where he earned an STB from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a Sacred Theology Licentiate from the Pontifical St. John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and the Family. His passion for the Theology of the Body has had him preaching and presenting to teens, young adults, and the Church at large about the beauty and truth of God’s plan for human sexuality since his ordination in 2010.

Thomas Ryan

Social Media for Mission

Communication is central to our faith. God communicated God’s very self in Jesus, and continues to communicate through the work of the Holy Spirit, and invites the faithful to share in the divine task of communicating the Good News in the Church and world today. We will outline a Catholic spirituality of communication and its implications for missionary disciples today.

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Creation Matters!        

As Pope Francis reminds us, creation is central to our faith. The beauty of creation in the Bible announces the glory of God, and our sacraments and their physicality convey God’s love for us and are the privileged means of encounter with Jesus. We will highlight the centrality of creation in the Catholic tradition and the implications of that for evangelists and catechists today.

Tom Ryan, Ph.D. is Director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry of Loyola University New Orleans.  He received an M.A.R. from the Yale University Divinity School and a Ph.D in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. His dissertation examined St. Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on the Psalms. He writes and presents widely on the implications of the Catholic theological and spiritual tradition for the life of faith today. In particular, he studies the history of biblical interpretation, the history of spirituality, and faith and popular culture.

Sponsored by Loyola Institute of Ministry

dahlhoffLori Dahloff

The Why Behind The What: NDC As An Essential Guide for Parish Catechetical Leaders

We will explore the National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) as the common framework of the Church’s vision of catechesis and how it can help leaders be effective and joy-filled in their role. Participants will receive a copy of the NDC along with suggestions for how to use it for developing a parish catechetical plan, specific program and formation of those involved in handing on our faith.

Lori Dahlhoff, EdD, has served in Catholic parish, school and diocesan ministry for more than 25 years and currently works with OSV, Inc as a Digital Content Manager. She is Passionate abut building spirit-filed faith communities that draw on the richness of diverse cultures to proclaim the Gospel well and form people as Christian discipleship in the Catholic way of life. A life-long learner, Lori has a masters in pastoral ministry, a doctorate in education and a graduate certificate in dispute resolution and continues to explore catechesis, music and photography.

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Monsignor BishopMsgr. Patrick Bishop

The Mass: Source and Summit

To live as a missionary disciple requires full participation in the Mass. This session will present a brief history of the Mass and ideas to help catechists and students to understand and love our most perfect prayer.

Monsignor Patrick Bishop was born in Atlanta. He attended Marietta High School and the University of Georgia. His degrees include a B.S. in History from Brescia College in Owensboro, Kentucky; an M.Div. from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore; and an M.Ed. Adm. from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Monsignor Bishop was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Atlanta on May 18, 1974 and became pastor of Transfiguration Church in Marietta on October 12, 1989, a position he held until May 2014. He retired after 25 years as pastor of Transfiguration and 40 years as a priest. He is the proud owner of three bassets: Lollipop, Cinnamon Sugar, and Tater Tot.

Fr. John Dowling

Conscience: God’s Voice or Ours?

In this session, we will be exploring the understanding of conscience and its various types.
We will see the scriptural foundation for its significance in the moral life.DOWLING-JOHN-52

Father John Dowling was born May 16, 1950 in Savannah, Georgia and was ordained on June 17, 1983 for the Diocese of Nashville. He has hosted a weekly radio program on Catholic Doctrine and appeared as a guest on EWTN’s Mitch Pacwa Live. Liguori Publications has published several of his booklets including “Why Confess Your Sins To A Priest?”, “Have You Been Saved?” and “The Truth About The Eucharist”. He has hiked throughout the United States including all the trails of the Smoky Mountains and traveled extensively but not expensively throughout Europe. He is presently assigned as Pastor of Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville, TN.

Ted MilesMiles Ted - CRS

Accompaniment and Kinship: Fostering Mission Spirituality in Young People

God has accompanied us in Christ for the sake of reconciling the world. As we are sent to serve, God invites us to accompany others so that they may know the companionship of God – and that we may know it more deeply with them! Consider what it means to help young people embrace a faith life charged with this spirit of mission and accompaniment. Join this interactive presentation that explores how to foster accompaniment — and not just service experiences – rooted in justice and peace, highlights models and resources for doing so, and allows you to share “best practices” for engaging youth in service and solidarity.

We are Salt and Light: Catholic Social Teaching for all Ages

God’s Mission has a Church! And so, it is we who are called to be salt – preserving, seasoning, reconciling, giving meaning where there is none – and light – illuminating Christ’s love in the world. Explore God’s call to mission as seen through the rich social Tradition of our Church and how Catholics of all ages can contribute to a vibrant community living the Gospel!

Ted Miles oversees the youth and religious education outreach for Catholic Relief Services. After earning his B.A. at Loyola University Maryland and M.A. from Bucknell University, Ted completed a two year Jesuit Volunteer commitment in education and youth empowerment programs in Belize and Guatemala. Ted has served in parish ministry, Catholic high school education and archdiocesan leadership development for more than 3 decades.

Kathy Coffey

Kathy CoffeyPrayer in Chaos, Commotion and Clutter

Are you too busy to pray? Do you feel a nagging need for it? Many people share the dilemma–longing for a spiritual center that gives meaning and depth to even the craziest days. Yet at the same time we know the need for prayer, we also face tremendous constraints on time. This session explores how prayer can occur in ordinary ways and commonplace locations–in settings where we’re stressed as well as in tranquil retreats. How can springboards to prayer occur in packed schedules? How can we then help others to find the seeds of the sacred in the ordinary experience? We’ll look at ways to move beyond our stereotypes of prayer, see our work as prayer, and adapt traditional prayers to contemporary settings.

Hidden Disciples: Imagined Women of the Gospels

Women were there at every juncture of Jesus’ life: from his conception to his resurrection. Over time, they may have been edited out of the gospels, or their roles diminished, so let’s resurrect their stories. We can re-imagine their lives, using an ancient Midrash technique. Then we’ll make the link to our lives: what do they teach us today? Come for reflection, surprise and a new approach to reading the gospels. IAT1

Kathy Coffey is the author of many books such as Hidden Women of the Gospels and God in the Moment: Making Every Day a Prayer (Orbis); the latest is When the Saints Came Marching In(Liturgical Press). She taught for fifteen years at the University of Colorado, Denver, and Regis Jesuit University. She has won sixteen awards from the Catholic Press Association, the Foley Poetry Award from America magazine, the Independent Publishers Book Award and the Associated Church Press Award for Editorial Courage. She gives retreats and workshops nationally and internationally. The mother of four and grandmother of six, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, see her website: kathyjcoffey.com.

Oradores Destacados:

Padre Gaurav M. Schoff

La Oración y los Discípulos MisionerosFr Shroff

“Sin la oración toda acción corre el riesgo de quedarse vacía.” (Papa Francisco) Cómo empezar y profundizar la vida de oración, la condición esencial para la vida cristiana y un apostolado fructífero.

El padre Gaurav Shroff es nativo de Nueva Delhi, India. Paso parte de su infancia en Washington DC, antes que su familia regresara a la India. Su primer encuentro con la Iglesia Católica fue a través de sus maestros Jesuitas, y a través de la música sacra. En la universidad, un encuentro poderoso con el Señor un Viernes Santo, lo llevó a buscar la iniciación en la Iglesia Católica. Él fue bautizado cuando tenía 21 años, justo antes de regresar a los Estados Unidos para más estudios. Después de estudiar Geología y Religión, y un período de líder laico en la universidad, comenzó su formación sacerdotal para la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta en el 2008 en el Seminario de Mount Saint Mary en Emmitsburg, Maryland. Fue ordenado en el 2013 y actualmente sirve como vicario parroquial en Saint Andrew en Roswell, Georgia.


Augusto Michael Trujillo

Doctrina de Justicia Social CatólicaAugusto Michael Trujillo

¿Cómo puedes responder a la llamada de Dios a ser misionero en tu misma comunidad? Aprenda sobre tres temas de la enseñanza social católica: 1) vida y dignidad de la persona humana, 2) cuidado de la creación de Dios y 3) solidaridad. Exploramos planes de clases gratuitas, actividades y recursos de oración que abordan los problemas mundiales.

Augusto Michael Trujillo es el Gerente de Relaciones de la Oficina Regional del Suroeste de “Servicios Católicos de Ayuda” (Catholic Relief Services). Catholic Relief Services es la agencia oficial de la comunidad católica de los Estados Unidos para ayuda humanitaria internacional. Michael trabaja con las Diócesis de Georgia, Tennessee y Alabama y promueve muchos de los programas de formación de la fe como el Tazón de Arroz de CRS y el de comercio justo. Michael ha visto el trabajo de nuestra Iglesia en Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, Mali y la Filipinas. Michael nació en Atlanta de padres cubanos. El graduó de la Universidad de Georgia y ahora está sacando su Máster en Administración de Empresas en Emory.


Padre Carlos Cifuentes

Los Sacramentos Como Herramientas para Vivir en Misión
New Priests (2016)

El padre Carlos explica cómo cada sacramento y los dones que nos otorga son herramientas que nos equipan para ser discípulos que llevan la misión de Cristo y de la Iglesia a en nuestros hogares, nuestras parroquias y nuestra sociedad.

El padre Carlos Cifuentes fue ordenado en junio del año pasado en nuestra diócesis y es el vicario parroquial en la iglesia de Prince of Peace en Flowery Branch. Es originario de Medellín, Colombia y estudió en el seminario de St. Mary of the Lake en Chicago y es trilingüe porque habla Español, Inglés y Lenguaje de Señas Americano (ASL).


Marta Durán

Una Introducción a la Teología del Cuerpo
Marta Duran

La Teologia del Cuerpo que nos ha dado San Juan Pablo II es una catequesis bíblica sobre el amor humano  como don total de la persona que revela y es signo del amor Trinitario.  Estas enseñanzas ponen de relieve la dimensión corporal de la persona humana, su sexualidad, el matrimonio y el celibato. En esta introducción recibirá bases fundamentales para la Nueva Evangelización de los jóvenes y el fortalecimiento de las familias.

Marta Durán nació en Bogotá Colombia. Es casada con Gustavo Durán y madre de 5 hijos. Educación: Licenciada en Educación y Biología en la Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Maestría en Genética Humana de la Universidad de Arizona, Candidata a Ph.D en Educación de la Universidad de Emory, Curso de Teología Pastoral con la Universidad de DallasElla ha trabajado con su esposo en preparación matrimonial durante 17 años. También es colaboradora con las Misioneras de la Caridad.


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