Turn your discipleship into leadership at the 13th annual diocesan catechetical convocation Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Grapevines Banquet Center in Depew. Parish leaders, clergy and lay people alike, will come from across the diocese to hear keynote speaker Julianne Stanz, director of Discipleship and Leadership Development in the Diocese of Green Bay and consultant to the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization.
The theme of this year's convocation is "Missionary Discipleship that Transforms Leadership." Much as fire will die out or a circuit will short when it has reached maximum overload, we as a Church have reached what Pope Francis calls "a diagnostic overload" (Evangelii Gaudium, #50). This overload, caused by a flurry of activity coupled with dwindling personnel and financial resources can smother the fire of our faith. How do we move people from information to transformation? From consumer of faith to disciple maker? How do we move from a more administrative model of ministry to an evangelical missionary model that sets people on fire for Christ? Combining humor with practical insight, coupled with her experience as a school, parish and diocesan leader, this workshop will outline creative and practical pathways for a missionary oriented leadership culture.
This event, co-sponsored by the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation and the Committee for Continuing Formation of Priests, will provide an opportunity for leaders of faith formation, youth ministry, RCIA, adult faith formation and other parish ministries to gather for a day of prayer and learning. The convocation will help deepen one's role as a disciple and ability to form other disciples, and offer time for dialogue and practical applications of these ideas to their parish setting.
If you would like to attend please call 716-847-5501.