Las Vegas Diocesan Conference  Sept 7-8, 2018

Las Vegas Diocesan Conference
September 7-8, 2018
South Point Hotel & Casino
 

 

Speakers

 

 
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Fr. Steven Bell, C.S.P.

Sponsored by:
RCL Benziger

Fr. Steven Bell, C.S.P.

Paulist Fr. Steven Bell serves on the Paulist mission band,leading parish missions, retreats, revivals and workshops. 

He previously served as a Catholic campus minister at St. Thomas More Newman Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Fr. Steve also previously served as associate pastor of St. Austin Church in Austin, TX, and as associate director of our media ministry Busted Halo.

A native of Washington, D.C., Fr. Steve was ordained a priest on June 22, 2008, by then-Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.


Workshop:

202.   Victorious Faith: A Follow-Up Discussion

With so much information presented at the keynote, many of us may need to continue processing by asking specific questions, gaining insights, getting ideas and best practices, or sharing strategies. At this breakout session, we present primer questions and scenarios that will open the floor for a robust discussion about the challenges and opportunities of practicing and living our faith victoriously. Bring your questions, your experiences, and your witness to share with others.

 


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Steve Botsford

Sponsored by:
William H. Sadlier, Inc.

Steve Botsford

Steve Botsford  is a National Religion Consultant for Sadlier.  Steve is a convert to the Catholic faith. He holds a master of religious education degree from Loyola University and is a master catechist in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. He has served over 10 years in parish ministry as a youth minister and DRE. Steve’s first book Cultivating Faith was published in 2016 by Visual Dynamics Publishing and he writes a blog on faith formation at www.TransformingCatechesis.com. He also recently published a board game teaching the church year, FeastDay: The Liturgical Year Board Game (www.FeastDayGame.com).  


Workshops:

203. 3, 2, 1, Liftoff! Transform Elementary Religious Education in Your Parish

Come and learn how my parish responded and reversed the trend to the national decline in religious education enrollment. Areas addressed include an overall immersive environment, 21st Century classrooms, and a dynamic and engaging methodology. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how their parish can work together to develop their own unique plan.

                                   

301. Digital Discipleship

Who and what is a digital disciple? This session explores the use of digital technologies for ministry through the new Technology Competency Standards for Digital Discipleship. Come and learn about the set of standards developed to guide the ministry community in the integration of technology in faith settings. This session is for anyone involved with ministry: technologist, director, coordinator, or catechist.


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Amy Florian

Amy Florian

Amy Florian is nationally known teacher and speaker. She is a liturgy and bereavement consultant who taught for almost ten years in the graduate ministry department of Loyola University Chicago, and is CEO of Corgenius, a company that teaches professionals how to support clients in transition and loss. She has over 30 years of parish and conference experience, and authored over 150 articles and four books. Her workshops, training sessions and retreats span the country, including over 20 diocesan conferences and national conferences such as the L.A. Congress, the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference, the East Coast Conference and the Hofinger Gulf Coast Faith Formation Conference.

UPDATE: April 17, 2018, Hoffman Estates, IL – The award winning book, "A Friend Indeed: Help Those You Love When They Grieve", has earned the silver medal in the Independent Publisher Books Awards, Aging: Death and Dying Category. The over 2,000 award entries represent mainstream and independent publishers from the U.S., Canada and 12 other countries worldwide.

Written by Amy Florian with Ken Florian, the book has also been a recent winner of the 2017 International Book Awards and 2017 Best Book Awards.


Workshops:

204. Living in Hope and Joy when Life Hurts

We were never promised an easy, stress-free life. In fact, we were promised quite the opposite. Yet it is always a shock when tragedies, diagnoses, difficulties, and yes, even shootings, occur. We struggle with how to respond in light of faith, when the faith we thought we could count on doesn’t make sense. As followers of Jesus Christ, how do we live with hope and joy in the midst of grappling with all these trials of our lives? Let’s explore the question and perhaps gain a little inspiration, sustenance, and hope.

 


302. A Friend Indeed: Help Someone When They Grieve

A friend in need is a friend indeed. And we need each other most of all when life doles out inevitable grief and loss. Yet because we are never taught what to say (and what not to say), we perpetuate the mistakes and platitudes that too often fail to comfort. Learn about grief itself—what the experience is like and what is normal. Learn practical strategies and words that are truly comforting. Look at the impact of faith when a person is grieving. Discover how to help your parishioners, friends, and family become whole and heal back to life, so they can live it vibrantly and find joy.

 


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David Hall
 

David Hall

David Hall is husband and father, serving as Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Henderson, NV.  He is published weekly in the parish bulletin.  He currently holds the thus far undisputed & self-appointed title of World's Greatest Youth Minister, and awards in the field of humility.  His favorite meal combination is tacos and Guinness.  He loves Jesus and His Church and strives to be a missionary disciple. 


Workshop:

205. Devoted+

A session for Young Adults seeking to deepen their spiritual life.  The root of spirituality is to encounter God and embody that encounter. Through the use of Sacred Scripture and Tradition this session will seek to offer tools for development in the spiritual life and tools to overcome obstacles to it.   


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Sherry Hayes-Peirce

Sherry Hayes-Peirce

Sherry Hayes-Peirce is an internationally known speaker through her tenure with SkillPath Seminars for 6 years and has carved a niche as a social media strategist working with the industries of Education, Health & Safety and Catholic Parishes and Dioceses.

As a practicing Catholic and lector within the Los Angeles Archdiocese she feels she was called to launch her Church Social Tips brand. She has served as a social media consultant to the Archdiocese of Seattle, featured speaker at the 2015 Northwest Regional Catholic Stewardship Conference, 2017 Los Angeles Archdiocese C3 Technology Conference and wrote a featured article for Angelus News on social media titled "5 Things Every Parish Should Post on Social Media".

Sherry received best rated social media speaker award in 2014 and 2015 from SkillPath, because attendees consistently endorse her ability to engage audiences with realistic examples that are relatable to their unique audience and experiential activities to ensure attendees leave with a “personal action plan” as a call to action to incorporate social media strategy learned at her workshops!


Workshops:

Friday 2:30 - 4:30
Lessons in Teaching Digital Natives From the Social Media Mobile Maven


The session will help teachers understand how students of this generation are reliant on technology for communication and social interaction; impacting how they learn as well as how you teach. Teachers will be equipped with the tips, tools and techniques for handling the following: Digital Citizenship, Cyberbullying, Social Media apps that are currently trending, Is it okay to engage with students on social media?


206.  10 Commandments of Catholic Social Media

Using the 10 Commandments I will outline the Do's and Don'ts of Social Media Posting. Examples of violations will be shared.


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Bob McCarty

Sponsored by:
Saint Mary's Press

Bob McCarty

Bob McCarty is a pastoral ministry consultant and trainer and has been in professional ministry since 1973. Bob is the Saint Mary’s Press project coordinator for their research project on disaffiliated young Catholics. He is adjunct faculty at Catholic University and the University of Dallas – and a parish youth ministry volunteer at St. Francis of Assisi in Fulton, MD.


Workshops:

207.  Going, Going, Gone … the Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics


Saint Mary’s Press recently conducted extensive research with young Catholics who have left the Church. This session will identify the underlying dynamics that lead to disaffiliation, describe the factors that reinforce those dynamics, and examine the implications for parish life, liturgy, and pastoral ministry. We will hear about these issues from young adults, taping their own voices. And we will also propose pastoral strategies that enhance affiliation and engagement with the faith community.

303. Balancing Marriage and Ministry: The Great Dance!

Balancing the tasks of family and ministry can be rewarding, fulfilling, and life-giving – as well as stressful, demanding, and frustrating. This workshop will consider the stressors, pitfalls, and challenges inherent in balancing ministry and family life, identify coping strategies for when one or both spouses engage in ministry, and remember the profound blessings when ministry and family mesh.


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Dr. Jo Ann Paradise

Sponsored by:

Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum

Dr. Jo Ann Paradise

Dr. Jo Ann Paradise is a National Consultant for Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division and works with the product development team in creating resources for children and their families.  She is the General Program Editor for Encounter With Christ, OSV’s completely new sacrament preparation program.  Jo Ann has served as catechetical leader in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for over 32 years. A teacher at both the grade school and high school levels in Catholic schools as well as an adjunct faculty member of several universities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jo Ann gives keynotes and workshops at Diocesan conferences throughout the United States and Canada.  Through her stories, Jo Ann motivates educators and catechists to prepare their children to meet the risen Lord and then learn how to respond to his invitation through a life of discipleship.  She is a popular retreat director and provides spiritual direction.   Jo Ann lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband Don and extended family.

Workshops:

208. Our Hope Is in the Name of the Lord!!


Pope Francis asks, “How often in our life do hopes vanish, how often do the expectations we have in our heart come to nothing!”  Yet, the great hope that Christians possess comes from encountering God.  It is Pope Benedict who reminds us that the definitive Love made visible in Jesus can transform the world from within.  This session will explore how we remain hopeful in the face of the sometimes overwhelming darkness in our world or in the face of suffering and pain in our own families. 

305. Integrated Family Catechesis Is More Than One Gathering

The question is no longer, “Should we do family catechesis?”  The question is now, “What are the necessary elements of effective family catechesis?”   We will explore the concept of integrated family catechesis that is systematic and intentional as it awakens, evangelizes and catechizes parents leading them to a life of discipleship. All the while recognizing we must equip, support, affirm and challenge parents to see parenting as a vocation.  Jo Ann will inspire you to meet families where they are and awaken in them the “holy longing” to live in relationship with God and his people.


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Deacon Tim O'Callaghan

 

Deacon Tim O'Callaghan

Deacon Tim O’Callaghan is a native Nevadan residing in Henderson with Donna, his bride of 33 years. Ordained in 2011, he serves St. Andrew Catholic Community as Parish Life Coordinator where he provides administrative, pastoral and spiritual care to the parish of 560 families.  Since 2006 he has served as Director of Social Ministries for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas where he coordinates the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, Respect Life and Social Justice activities. He serves as legislative advocate for the Nevada Catholic conference during Legislative sessions. He served as consultant to the USCCB Committee on Justice, Peace and Human. Prior to ministry, Deacon Tim had a 28-year career in newspaper publishing, from mailroom operations to publisher.

Workshop:

304. God is always calling: Looking for God in all the right places

An exploration of how God is actively calling us and how we often mistake the call for something else.  Deacon Tim weaves his personal life experiences with a few prophets and saints to discover God in all the right places.


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