May 13th – 15th
May 19th – 21st

Keynotes . Workshops . Prayer
Networking . Virtual Exhibit Hall
Professional Development . and More

About Witness

We have been Witnesses to a suffering and hurting world, to uncertain times, and to history in the making. Now we are being called, as Catholic ministry leaders, to stand for something greater.

Join the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership for a two-week virtual event May 13-15 and May 19-21. Let us be bearers of hope, healers of hearts, and companions in pain. Let us be a Witness to the Good News that is Jesus Christ.

Week 1 Schedule

Wednesday, May 13th

Workshops To Remind Us Of Our Mission
free
9:00am America/New_York
Message of Welcome

A message of welcome and hope.

Most Reverend Andrew H. Cozzens

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Most Reverend Andrew H. Cozzens

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
A native of Denver, Bishop Cozzens is the youngest of three children. He graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he experienced a deepening of the faith through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. During a period of discernment after college, Bishop Cozzens served as a travelling missionary to young people around the country with Twin Cities-based NET Ministries. He then joined the Companions of Christ in Saint Paul and worked for Saint Paul’s Outreach leading college Bible study groups. After his year of discernment he was accepted into the Saint Paul Seminary. Four years later, in 1997, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He served as parochial vicar at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and then Faribault Catholic Community (now Divine Mercy) before being sent to Rome for doctoral studies. Upon his return to Minnesota, Bishop Cozzens began service as an instructor at the Saint Paul Seminary. On October 11, 2013, Pope Francis appointed him as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Bishop Cozzens’ ordination to the Episcopacy took place December 9, 2013, on the transferred Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, at the Saint Paul Cathedral.
paid
9:00am America/New_York
Avoiding Silos and Politics on Catholic Leadership Teams

Practical Tips for Joyful Effectiveness

Ken Ogorek

Author, Speaker, Consultant

Ken Ogorek

Author, Speaker, Consultant

Ken Ogorek is an author, speaker, retreat facilitator, and Catholic leadership consultant. A past president of NCCL, he currently serves as Director of Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.  

Sponsored by: The Evangelium Consulting Group

free
9:00am America/New_York
Designing Christian Life

This session will look at how we can use Biblical models to develop organizational pathways into future ministry.

Fr. Frank De Siano, CSP

President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries.

Fr. Frank De Siano, CSP

President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries.

Paulist Fr. Frank DeSiano is president of Paulist Evangelization Ministries. He also serves as director of formation for the seminary as well as superior of the Paulist Fathers who live in Washington, D.C. Fr. Frank served as president of the Paulist Fathers from 1994 to 2002.

A national leader in Catholic evangelization, Fr. Frank served as a consultor for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization for more than a dozen years. He frequently travels across the country to give presentations on evangelization topics at national, diocesan, and parish gatherings.  He has written numerous books on the Catholic faith focusing on evangelization and spirituality.

Fr. Frank is a native of the West Side of Manhattan in New York City where, as a boy, he was an altar server at the Paulist Fathers' mother church, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle.

Sponsored by: Paulist Evangelization Ministries

paid
9:00am America/New_York
The Beauty of Faith: Catechesis and the Arts in a Time of Pandemic

This workshop will lead participants in a reflection on the place of the arts in catechesis particularly in the challenging, isolating times of a pandemic.

Dr. Jem Sullivan

Professor of Catechetics

Dr. Jem Sullivan

Professor of Catechetics

Dr. Jem Sullivan is professor of Catechetics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC., where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Catechetics. Dr. Sullivan is the author of three books on catechetical themes -  A Study Guide to the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults;  The Beauty of Faith: Christian Art and the New Evangelization;  and Opening the Door of Faith: A Catechists’ Guide to the New Evangelization. Dr. Sullivan writes for various Catholic publications, including Magnificat, and she is a featured guest commentator on the USCCB’s daily Scripture reflections and other Catholic television programs. She has hosted two television documentaries on the arts in catechesis and evangelization. Previously, Dr. Sullivan has served as staff to the USCCB's Subcommittee on the Catechism in the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis. She also served as a volunteer docent at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC where she led tours of the museum's masterpiece collections.

Dr. Jem Sullivan can be reached at: jrsullivan05@yahoo.com 

paid
9:00am America/New_York
Inspiration, Organization and Renewal: How the New General Directory and Other Catechetical Documents Can Energize and Shape Your Ministry

In the catechetical documents, we can find inspiration to renew our work in faith formation.

Dr. Joseph White

Director of Catechetical Resources for Our Sunday Visitor

Dr. Joseph White

Director of Catechetical Resources for Our Sunday Visitor

Dr. Joseph White converted to the Catholic Faith while in graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received a Ph.D. in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He later studied Catholic Theology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Dr. White served as a parish Director of Faith Formation for two years, and then worked for seven years as Director of Family Counseling and Family Life for the Diocese of Austin, Texas. He now works as Director of Catechetical Resources for Our Sunday Visitor Publishing and Curriculum and teaches courses in Catechetical Ministry at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. A frequent guest on Catholic radio and television, Dr. White has written twelve books and numerous articles about catechesis, Catholic education, and ministry. He is co-author of the Allelu and Alive in Christ religion series.

Sponsored by: Our Sunday Visitor 

paid
9:00am America/New_York
Un Paso Al Frente Como Discipulos Misioneros

Somos llamados, como lideres catequéticos, discípulos misioneros, a llevar nuestra luz de esperanza a nuestras comunidades.

Dulce Jimenz Abreu

Director of Bilingual Religion Markets

Dulce Jimenz Abreu

Director of Bilingual Religion Markets

Dulce is the Director of Bilingual Religion Markets for William H. Sadlier, Inc. A professor and translator of religion material, she has contributed greatly to the development of Sadlier’s bilingual materials. She has been involved in the preparation of materials for the Spanish-speaking population of the United States and has presented numerous workshops on the integration of Spanish-speaking culture into catechesis and on practical ways to teach religion to bilingual children. Dulce graduated from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in social science and from Lehman College with a master’s degree in Spanish literature. She also has a master’s degree in religious education at Fordham University.

paid
9:00am America/New_York
RCIA as the Model for All Parish Formation

Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal from TeamRCIA.com explore what it means when the church says that “the model for all catechesis is the baptismal catechumenate” (General Directory for Catechesis, 59).

Team RCIA

TeamRCIA.com

Team RCIA

TeamRCIA.com
  • We provide accessible and relevant resources through articles and conversations initiated by four national leaders in the United States church, who have been serving in RCIA ministry for more than two decades. We invite you to join the conversation by clicking on the comments link on any blog post.
  • We offer a variety of online and in-person training for church ministers and volunteers, through webinars, e-mail courses, downloads, discussion forums, and training events led by experts in the field of initiation ministry.
  • We make the best printed resources available to RCIA ministers and pastoral leaders and publish original material that helps ministers serve the mission of the church
paid
9:00am America/New_York
Signs of the Times

So many signs this past year have challenged us to change not only how we teach but what we teach.

Pat Finan

Educational Consultant

Pat Finan

Educational Consultant
Pat Finan is an educational consultant for Global Sisters Report in the Classroom. Pat has more than 30 years of experience as a catechist and creator of content for catechetical resources. He has written or edited resources for Saint Mary’s Press, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Catholic Relief Services, Harcourt Religion and other organizations. He served as director of the Education for Justice project of the Center of Concern and as Coordinator of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Davenport. Pat began as a volunteer catechist in Florida and served as Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Director of Religious Education at St. Cecelia Parish in Clearwater, Florida. He is a facilitator in the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation, Pat currently teaches high school faith formation and facilitates adult faith formation at his parish in Knoxville, Iowa.  Sponsored by National Catholic Reporter.
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9:00am America/New_York
Our Lives as Mission

Pope Francis reminds us that “every man and woman is a mission; that is the reason for our life on this earth.” (Message for World Mission Day 2018) Embracing this idea requires a profound shift in the principles and practices that help us bear witness to Christ in a world that cries out for love. 

Ted Miles

Executive Director

Ted Miles

Executive Director

Ted Miles is the Executive Director for Maryknoll Lay Missionaries. Ted maintains strategic responsibility for Maryknoll Lay Missioners while animating a vision of transformational Catholic mission that is rooted in solidarity with people who are marginalized. Inspired by his time as a Jesuit Volunteer in Central America, Ted has fostered a commitment to justice for more than three decades, most recently serving Catholic Relief Services for 13 years. Ted believes in the power of Maryknoll lay missioners to promote Christ’s compassion and peace in our world!

Sponsored By:  Maryknoll Lay Missioners

free
11:30am America/New_York
Day 1 Emcee Welcome

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker, traveling to 38 states and three countries, and author of “Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist” and “Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus.” She is the host of The Electric Waffle, a podcast of conversational chaos about culture and Catholicism. McGrady was one of three delegates chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to attend the Pre-Synod gathering on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

free
4:00pm America/New_York
Navigating Digital Catechesis

Amy McEntee from RCL Benziger will address how to navigate digital catechesis.

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy McEntee earned her MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton and has ministry experience in the areas of faith formation for children, youth, and adults.  Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation, young adult ministry and technology in ministry.  Currently she is the project manager for RCL Benziger, a reluctant runner and avid reader.  She lives with her husband, Patrick in Dayton Ohio.

Sponsored by: RCL Benziger

Thursday, May 14th

Workshops To Equip Us For The Journey
paid
9:00am America/New_York
Engaging Families When Engaging Families Is Hard

This year, a pandemic forced us into the Year of the Domestic Church, whether we liked it or not. The experience is highlighting just how important the role of parents is.

Paul Canavese

Director

Paul Canavese

Director

Paul Canavese serves as director of The Pastoral Center (PastoralCenter.com), author, frequent conference speaker, and pastoral consultant. He has his MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. He directs GrowingUpCatholic.com (focused on coaching parents) and GospelLiving.org ("intentional daily life Catholicism"). He has served in a wide range of parish ministries, most recently as a pastoral consultant at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, CA. Paul also has 20 years of experience in software development and management with technology startups and social media. Along with his wife Ann, two daughters, and seven chickens, he lives in Alameda, CA, where they operate a mini-urban farm and looks for creative ways to build community in their neighborhood.

Sponsored by: The Pastoral Center 

free
9:00am America/New_York
Six Tools for a More Effective Catechesis

Today, more than ever, faith formation needs to be more evangelizing: not only informing but also transforming hearts and minds.

Joe Paprocki

Consultant

Joe Paprocki

Consultant

Joseph Paprocki, D.Min., is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at https://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/.

Sponsored by: Loyola Press 

free
9:00am America/New_York
Formando Familas en la Fe

Celebrando y formando familias donde están en su fe y su hogar.

Skip Bacon

Representative

Skip Bacon

Representative

Skip has served as a catechetical leader for more than 15 years with her areas of focus including whole parish catechesis, Hispanic ministry, and adult faith formation. Skip Bacon earned a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame and is a certified lay minister. Skip has also spent a good deal of her career working in Catholic publishing and currently works with Sadlier serving northern California.

Sponsored by: Sadlier

paid
9:00am America/New_York
Joint Formation: Catechizing the Catechized and Uncatechized Together

Diana Macalintal and Nick Wagner from TeamRCIA.com explore how to prepare a catechetical session that will meet the needs of the diverse people we meet in the RCIA.

Team RCIA

TeamRCIA.com

Team RCIA

TeamRCIA.com
  • We provide accessible and relevant resources through articles and conversations initiated by four national leaders in the United States church, who have been serving in RCIA ministry for more than two decades. We invite you to join the conversation by clicking on the comments link on any blog post.
  • We offer a variety of online and in-person training for church ministers and volunteers, through webinars, e-mail courses, downloads, discussion forums, and training events led by experts in the field of initiation ministry.
  • We make the best printed resources available to RCIA ministers and pastoral leaders and publish original material that helps ministers serve the mission of the church
paid
9:00am America/New_York
Lessons on Inclusion from a Pandemic

Sometimes it takes a life changing event, or even a pandemic, to draw us closer to God.

Charleen Katra

Executive Director

Charleen Katra

Executive Director

Charleen Katra has extensive experience in catechesis and special education, and has authored two books, The Adaptive Teacher (published by Loyola Press) and How to Talk to Children about People with Disabilities. She previously served in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston where she was responsible for the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities for over twenty years. Charleen is recognized as a national consultant, writer and speaker on the topic of inclusion. 

Sponsored by: Loyola Press 

paid
9:00am America/New_York
Leveraging the Power of Digital Media for Communal Prayer

The recent pandemic has thoroughly transformed the way we, as Catholics, engage our faith. Above all, we have learned that engagement goes well beyond the walls of the church. Just live-streaming Mass is NOT enough.

Matthew Schwartz

Consultant

Matthew Schwartz

Consultant

Matt Schwartz is a trainer, coach and theological consultant for Parish Success Group. PSG is Catholic non-profit organization that provides on-site coaching to parishes and schools, getting them to grow in size and spiritual depth by scaling, measuring and multiplying ministry. In over 20 years in ministry Matt has worked in parish, secondary school, diocesan and higher education settings. He has worked on various USCCB task groups associated with youth culture, catechesis and evangelization. Currently, Matt teaches Scripture and Church Doctrine for the Ministry Formation Program and Diaconate Formation Program in the Diocese of Rockford. Matt, and his wife Julie have been married 21 years and are raising three teenagers. They live in Rockford, IL and belong to Holy Family Parish.

Sponsored by: Parish Success Group 

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9:00am America/New_York
We Did It In Crisis. Now What?

Digital, Virtual, at Home Catechesis From Panic and Frustration to Emerging and Believing

Valerie Vogel

Solutions Leader

Valerie Vogel

Solutions Leader

Valerie Vogel has been in Catechetical ministry for as long as she can remember. As the youngest of 12 children she grew up tagging along with her mom who was the volunteer PCL and adult formation catechist for 40 years. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and has served as a catechist, missionary, catholic school teacher, youth minister, children and family minister and for the past 15 years at OSV in various roles and currently as Curriculum Solutions Leader. Her passion for ministry includes her vocation of being a parent to four grown daughters, 3 sons in laws and the thrilling role as Mimi to her grandchildren. She is delighted to be among those she considers the heart of the church, those called to the ministry of catechesis.

Sponsored by: OSV

John Martin Braham

Campus Minister

John Martin Braham

Campus Minister
John Braham is a graduate of Springhill College in Mobile, Alabama and has been involved in Catholic education for the last 21 years and is currently the Campus Minister and Theology teacher at Opelousas Catholic School in Opelousas, Louisiana. In his 17 years at the school, John has lead the school community in faith formation in grades Pre-K to 12 including class retreats as well as assisting with the local catechist program at the local church parishes.  He is a football and golf coach at the school and is a motivational speaker and life coach. He is married to Dr. Laura Braham of Lawtell, Louisiana and the have 3 children Madeleine (19), John Paul (17), and Mary Claire (12).
paid
9:00am America/New_York
Infusing Lessons with Sacred Art

Join Jose Gonzlaez from the Sophia Institute for Teachers as he shares how to infuse your lessons with Sacred Art. 

Jose Gonzalez

Senior Director of Professional Development

Jose Gonzalez

Senior Director of Professional Development
Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry. Jose has led over 250 of our workshops in over 45 dioceses and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.
free
11:30am America/New_York
Day 2 Emcee Welcome

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker, traveling to 38 states and three countries, and author of “Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist” and “Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus.” She is the host of The Electric Waffle, a podcast of conversational chaos about culture and Catholicism. McGrady was one of three delegates chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to attend the Pre-Synod gathering on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

free
4:00pm America/New_York
Using Film As A Means for Catechesis

Join ODB Films as they discuss effective ways to use film as a means for Catechesis.

Doug Tooke (ODB Films)

Vice President

Doug Tooke (ODB Films)

Vice President

Doug Tooke is Vice President of Ministry Advancement for ODB films. With Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and theology and a Masters in Pastoral Ministry, he has more than 20 years of professional ministry experience. Over the past 15 years, Doug has served more than 100 Dioceses - teaching, keynoting at conventions, and training youth ministers. His passion for Catholic teaching combined with his knowledge of story are prevalent in his ministry. A love for film has given him depth to understand story flow, character development, and recognizing conflict and themes essential to Catholic filmmaking.

Eric Groth (ODB Films)

CEO

Eric Groth (ODB Films)

CEO

Eric Groth is President/CEO and Executive Producer of ODB Films. He has a BA in Christian Education and an MA in Counseling. Eric has served as Director of High School Campus Ministries at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, IL and Coordinator of Evangelization Programs for Cultivation Ministries.

ODB Films, founded in 2005 as "Outside da Box," is an award-winning not-for-profit Catholic video production ministry that helps people encounter Christ through artfully made, spiritually rich films. Since its inception, ODB Films has produced more than 200 short films, including Palm Sunday, Zombies vs. Jesus, and the 60-film Video Catechism (VCAT) series for teens.

In January 2016, ODB Films released its first feature film, Full of Grace. The film received a Gabriel Award for "Best Family Feature" in June 2016 from Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals.

Eric has been married to his wife Becky since December 29, 1990. The two of them have eight children.

 

 

Friday, May 15th

Workshops That Send Us Forth For Accompaniment
paid
9:00am America/New_York
Leaning Into the Spirit

Fr. Agustino Torres

TV Host

Fr. Agustino Torres

TV Host

Originally from South Texas, Fr. Agustino Torres, C.F.R. has been working in active ministry within the Church mostly with youth, the poor and the pro-life movement. He entered the Franciscan friars of the renewal in 1999 and now serves as a member of the general counsel for his community. He studied Pope St. John Paul II’s theology of culture under Avery Cardinal Dulles and graduated from St. Joseph Seminary. He has been a part of founding various apostolates around the world, including a chapel-building project in the mountains of Central America, Catholic Underground in NYC and St. Anthony’s Shelter in the Bronx. He is the founder of Corazon Puro and Latinos Por la Vida, organizations dedicated to awakening and accompanying young leaders in areas of great need, along with Casa Guadalupe and JPII houses of discernment. He hosts the EWTN Español television show “Clic con Corazon Puro” and a new show called “ICONS.”

free
9:00am America/New_York
The Pastoral-Evangelizing Ministry Response in Pandemic

Where there is grief, fear and loss, there too is the grace needed to bring new life…greater life.

Tom Quinlan

Director

Tom Quinlan

Director

Tom Quinlan is Ministry Director of the St. Joseph Educational Center in Des Moines, IA. For the past 25 years, Quinlan has served in parish and diocesan catechetical ministry in northern Illinois. He most recently served the Diocese of Joliet as Director of Religious Education for 17 years. He is a published author of two books, Excellence in Ministry (Loyola Press, 2017) and How to Talk to Children about the Mass (Twenty-Third Publications, 2017), and has presented throughout the U.S. and Canada. Quinlan holds a B.S. in Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago and a Master of Divinity from the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.

Sponsored by: Loyola Press

Tom can be reached at: tomquinlan@evangelizingcatechesis.org  

paid
9:00am America/New_York
Immigration and Our Call to Accompany

How do we live and lead from a faith perspective rather than political polemics when we address immigration?

Heidi Cerneka

Attorney

Heidi Cerneka

Attorney

Heidi Cerneka is a Maryknoll Lay Missioner and an immigration attorney working with Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center. Prior to Las Americas, she spent over twenty years working as an advocate with incarcerated women in Latin America. In Brazil, she worked in the trenches visiting the prisons every day while also sitting on state and federal government councils as a civil society representative of issues related to women and incarceration. She participated at UN human rights events regarding justice-involved women too. 

Prior to going to Latin America, she was a campus minister at Loyola University Chicago (where she got a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies). She also taught high school in San Ignacio, Belize with the Jesuit International Volunteers from 1987-89.  She recently spent one year in Kenya working with refugees through Jesuit Refugee Services and with a program that trained incarcerated Kenyan women to be paralegals. Now, she works with asylum seekers in El Paso and in Juarez as part of Las Americas’ detained detention team. Every day is a new adventure in learning and in managing the  devastating effects of current administration’s policies affecting those exercising their right to ask for asylum. Her theme in response to all of this is: Cultivate Indignation!

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9:00am America/New_York
Persons with Disabilities: Disciples within the Ordinary Life of the Church

Julia Gilberto

Manager

Julia Gilberto

Manager
Julia Gilberto works to identify, share, and develop best practices, programs, and resources which reflect the mission of NCPD. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation and Theology from Assumption College in Worcester MA, and a Master of Arts in Historical and Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Her graduate research focused on a theological narrative that reflects and fosters belonging with individuals profoundly affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has six years of experience working with individuals with disabilities in schools and as a personal care attendant.
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9:00am America/New_York
Rising to the Challenges of Laudato Si: Caring for Our Common Home

Explore Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si

Dan Misleh

Executive Director

Dan Misleh

Executive Director

Dan is the founding Executive Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant. Prior to this work, he spent 11 years in the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and three years in the Office of Social Action at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, joined the JesuitVolunteer Corps, where he met his wife Susie. Together, they have 3 children: Benjamin, Anna, and Zachary. He has an M.A. in Franciscan Theology.

Sponsored By: Catholic Climate Covenant

free
9:00am America/New_York
Making the Needs of Young People Visible In A Time Of Crisis

Join Vicky Hathaway and Darius Villalobos to discuss ways to identify young people in your community and how to address their unique needs In this time of crisis.

Darius Villalobos

Director

Darius Villalobos

Director

Darius Villalobos is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. He is responsible for NFCYM’s efforts to live into its values as an inclusive and diverse organization.  Darius lives in Chicago, IL.

Sponsored by: The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry 

Vicky Hathaway

Diocesan Ministry Consultant

Vicky Hathaway

Diocesan Ministry Consultant

Vicky Hathaway is the Ministry Consultant for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Gary, Indiana. Her mission is to support those who minister to youth people, provide formation opportunities, and coordinate faith experiences at a diocesan level. Vicky is an active member of NFCYM.

Sponsored By:  The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry 

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9:00am America/New_York
Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Taking It to the Next Level

How do you: Give parents a way to enjoy the Mass too? Deliver a simple message in a fun atmosphere? Use music, technology, and more?

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
free
9:00am America/New_York
Transforming the Parish Through Communities of Practice

Where Two or Three are Gathered: Transforming the Parish through Communities of Practice

Dr. Jane E. Regan

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Jane E. Regan

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Regan’s research and teaching focus primarily on adult faith formation, bringing adult learning theory, adult spiritual development, and the theoretical and pastoral applications of total community catechesis into dynamic conversation. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Regan serves as a consultant on the local and national levels to the important project of effective adult faith formation.

 

Sponsored by: Boston College

free
11:30am America/New_York
Day 3 Emcee Welcome

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker, traveling to 38 states and three countries, and author of “Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist” and “Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus.” She is the host of The Electric Waffle, a podcast of conversational chaos about culture and Catholicism. McGrady was one of three delegates chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to attend the Pre-Synod gathering on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

free
8:00pm America/New_York
Evening Meditation

Meredith Augustin

Musical Artist

Meredith Augustin

Musical Artist
“When she sings, I feel close to God!”  These words have been used to describe listening to Meredith.  Love flows through her – and her voice touches hearts. A West Virginia girl, who grew up in Morgantown, Meredith began playing the piano and singing at a very young age.  She describes, “My mom taught piano lessons while I was in her womb.  I think it started there.  When I was two, my mom and dad told me it was time to give up my pacifier, and I could sing myself to sleep…. I haven’t stopped.”   After completing her Masters of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from West Virginia University, Meredith’s musical activities began leading her to New York City, where she eventually made her home.  Currently, she is the Director of Music at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in midtown Manhattan.  Meredith reflects, “In the last 10 years, my job has allowed me to come face to face with so many beautiful people from so many beautiful cultures.  It certainly has helped me evolve personally, as well as musically.”   A rare artist who appeals to fans of all genres – particularly jazz/world/Christian – Meredith has been blessed to collaborate with musicians from all over the world, in particular, Haiti. She has released four solo records entitled:  “What’s Goin’ On,” “Deep River,” “Come and Go With Me,” and “Boundless Mercy.”

Week 2 Schedule

Tuesday, May 19th

Recalling Our Catechetical Story
free
11:00am America/New_York
Morning Prayer and Reflection

 Start your morning with a prayer and reflection. Let us call upon the Spirit to guide our day.

Fr. Agustino Torres

TV Host

Fr. Agustino Torres

TV Host

Originally from South Texas, Fr. Agustino Torres, C.F.R. has been working in active ministry within the Church mostly with youth, the poor and the pro-life movement. He entered the Franciscan friars of the renewal in 1999 and now serves as a member of the general counsel for his community. He studied Pope St. John Paul II’s theology of culture under Avery Cardinal Dulles and graduated from St. Joseph Seminary. He has been a part of founding various apostolates around the world, including a chapel-building project in the mountains of Central America, Catholic Underground in NYC and St. Anthony’s Shelter in the Bronx. He is the founder of Corazon Puro and Latinos Por la Vida, organizations dedicated to awakening and accompanying young leaders in areas of great need, along with Casa Guadalupe and JPII houses of discernment. He hosts the EWTN Español television show “Clic con Corazon Puro” and a new show called “ICONS.”

paid
1:00pm America/New_York
Opening Session

We will begin our time with a reflection from Ernesto Vega on how we can be attentive to the promptings of the Spirit. Dr. Carole Eipers will help us to rediscover our catechetical story. Dr. Tim O’Malley will conclude our session by providing us with a theological foundation that will deepen our understanding of how we are currently living out our faith.

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker, traveling to 38 states and three countries, and author of “Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist” and “Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus.” She is the host of The Electric Waffle, a podcast of conversational chaos about culture and Catholicism. McGrady was one of three delegates chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to attend the Pre-Synod gathering on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Ernesto Vega

Archdiocesan Coordinator of Ministry

Ernesto Vega

Archdiocesan Coordinator of Ministry

Ernesto Vega is the Coordinator for Adult Faith Formation in Spanish for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is from Jiquilpan, Michoacán, México, and immigrated at the age of 18 and immediately began working in the strawberry fields in Santa María, California. At St. John Neumann Parish, he joined the youth group –jóvenes Anawim, and the Prayer group Oasis de Amor and began to take English classes.

Ernesto then entered St. John’s diocesan seminary in Camarillo, California where he received a BA in Philosophy and a BA in Spanish literature (1996). He was also a high school teacher in Los Angeles and he studied pedagogy at CSULA. Ernesto has two masters in Marital and Family Therapy (2005) and pastoral ministry (2016) from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California

Dr. Carole Eipers

Advisor

Dr. Carole Eipers

Advisor

Dr. Carole Eipers is National Catechetical Advisor for William H. Sadlier, Inc. She served in parish ministries for over 20 years as a teacher, Director of Religious Education, Youth Minister, and Pastoral Associate. Carole was Director of the Office for Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Chicago for nine years, and also served as President of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership.

Sponsored by: William H. Sadlier, INC. 

Dr. Carole can be emailed at: cme42@att.net 

Dr. Timothy O’Malley, PHD.

Director

Dr. Timothy O’Malley, PHD.

Director

Timothy P. O'Malley is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. He holds a concurrent appointment in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. 

He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame majoring in theology and philosophy. His M.T.S. is in liturgical studies also from the University of Notre Dame. And he completed a doctorate at Boston College in theology and education, focusing on an Augustinian approach to liturgical formation. 

He researches and teaches at Notre Dame in the areas of liturgical-sacramental theology, marriage and family, catechesis, and spirituality. He is the author of a number of books, most recently Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in a Hookup World (Ave Maria Press, 2018) and Lift Up Your Hearts: Liturgical Formation in the RCIA (Liturgical Press, 2019). He is currently working on a multi-volume work on the history of liturgical formation beginning with St. Augustine. 

Dr. O'Malley is married and has two children. He is originally from Knoxville, TN.

free
6:00pm America/New_York
Before, During, and After COVID19: The Sacramental Life of the Church

Our panel of experts will take a look at the theology behind the sacramental life of the Church.

Diana Macalintal

Codirector and cofounder of TeamRCIA.com

Diana Macalintal

Codirector and cofounder of TeamRCIA.com

Diana Macalintal is the codirector and cofounder of TeamRCIA.com, a free online resource for catechumenate ministry. She is an author and speaker on liturgy, music, prayer, RCIA, and intercultural ministry. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and has served in campus, parish, and diocesan ministries for almost 30 years. Her latest books include The Work of Your Hands, a collection of prayers; Joined by the Church, Sealed by a Blessing, a parish resource for marriage preparation which she wrote with her husband, Nick Wagner; Living Liturgy, a Sunday by Sunday liturgical year resource; and Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community, all published by Liturgical Press

Fr. Tom Reese

Senior Analyst

Fr. Tom Reese

Senior Analyst

The Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest, is a Senior Analyst at RNS. Previously he was a columnist at the National Catholic Reporter (2015-17) and an associate editor (1978-85) and editor in chief (1998-2005) at America magazine. He was also a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University (1985-98 & 2006-15) where he wrote Archbishop, A Flock of Shepherds, and Inside the Vatican. Earlier he worked as a lobbyist for tax reform. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of California Berkeley. He entered the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1974 after receiving a M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Fr. Richard Fragomeni

Professor

Fr. Richard Fragomeni

Professor
Rev. Richard Fragomeni is a presbyter of the Diocese of Albany, New York, and has been a member of the CTU faculty since 1990. His teaching involves him in Roman Catholic theology, interpretation theory, and poetry. His current work is in the field of word and sacrament: the intersection of symbolic activity and language as it creates insights into the Christian proclamation of grace. Central to this work is a fascination with the power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of the human heart.   Richard is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. He also serves as the Rector of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, an Italian-American spiritual center in Chicago’s historic Little Italy. In addition to his teaching duties he is a preacher of parish missions and gives presentations nationally and internationally on liturgical, sacramental, and catechetical topics.   Fr. Richard can be reached at: richardf@ctu.edu

Ellie Hildalgo

Pastoral Associate

Ellie Hildalgo

Pastoral Associate

Ellie Hidalgo serves as the pastoral associate for Dolores Mission Catholic Church and School, a Jesuit parish in Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles. The parish is known for its restorative justice ministries, including special liturgies and support groups for families who have lost loved ones to homicide and for families with loved ones in prison. It is also the home-base parish of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and reentry program in the world. Ellie also teaches classes and workshops in Hand in Hand Parenting. She believes that working with parents to build and sustain a life-long connection with their children is a key element in families breaking the cycle of addictions, domestic violence and gang violence in the neighborhood. Previously, Elie served as a staff writer for The Tidings Catholic Newspaper writing news and feature stories about Hispanic ministry, restorative justice, youth ministry, and immigration reform. Her articles frequently appeared at Catholic News Service, and she also wrote for the website Busted Halo.Ellie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles). She was commissioned as a pastoral associate for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2013. Ellie is the first of five children born to Cuban immigrant parents and a proud aunt to eight nieces and nephews and numerous godchildren.

free
7:30pm America/New_York
Antes, Durante y Despues Coronavirus: La Vida Sacramental De La Iglesia

Our panel of experts will take a look at the theology behind the sacramental life of the Church.

Dr. Hosffman Ospino

Professor

Dr. Hosffman Ospino

Professor

Dr. Hosffman Ospino was born in Colombia where he pursued undergraduate studies in Philosophy. He taught philosophy and religion at various academic levels and worked for the National Confederation of Catholic Education of Colombia. He holds an M.A. in theology with concentration in Church History and a Ph.D. in Theology and Education from Boston College.

Dr. Ospino’s research concentrates on the dialogue between theology and culture and the impact of this interchange upon Catholic theological education, catechesis, and ministry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on these areas. He and his wife, Guadalupe, are actively involved in Hispanic Ministry in Boston.

Dra. Maria del Pilar Silveira

Profesora

Dra. Maria del Pilar Silveira

Profesora

Profesora visitante de teología pastoral en Boston College. Originalmente de Uruguay. Experta en temas de religiosidad popular

Dr. Felix Palazzi

Profesor

Dr. Felix Palazzi

Profesor

Profesor de teología en Boston College. Experto en temas de espiritualidad ignaciana y mariología.

Wednesday, May 20th

Witnesses with Joy
paid
11:00am America/New_York
Morning Session

This session will begin with an update from the Meitler Consulting Group. We will then hear from Mike Patin who will challenge us to Witness with Joy. We conclude our session as Sr. Johanna Paruch and Dr. Joseph White help us vision for the future.

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker, traveling to 38 states and three countries, and author of “Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist” and “Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus.” She is the host of The Electric Waffle, a podcast of conversational chaos about culture and Catholicism. McGrady was one of three delegates chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to attend the Pre-Synod gathering on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Mark Mogilka

Consultant

Mark Mogilka

Consultant

Mark Mogilka brings more than 40 years of experience in diocesan offices to his clients. He began his distinguished career in campus ministry, Catholic Charities, and family ministry. The second half of his career has been spent working in diocesan and parish pastoral planning and leadership development. He has served seven different bishops over the years and has done work or presentations in over 50 dioceses in the US, Canada and in Rome.Mark is a recipient of the Yves Congar Award for extraordinary service, initiative, and creativity in support of pastoral planning and/or council development. He was also named the 2017 Luzbetek Award winner from Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.Mark brings his experience and expertise in pastoral planning, consultation, facilitation, and leadership training and coaching to his clients. He also has deep insight into strategies for multiple parish pastoring. One of the things he likes best about Meitler is their history of delivering quality faith-based service to schools and parishes.In his free time, Mark enjoys playing golf and pickle ball, traveling, and riding his motorcycle.

Mike Patin

Professional Speaker

Mike Patin

Professional Speaker

Mike Patin uses energy, humor and stories to affirm God's goodness and presence among us while inviting others (and himself) to take the "next step" in our journey with God.

Mike has worked in ministry settings since 1984, first as a high school teacher and coach, and then in diocesan ministry for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Since 2003, he has worked full time as a speaker and “faith horticulturist.”

Throughout his ministry, Mike has been privileged to speak to groups ranging from 10 to 23,000 in over 130 dioceses in the U.S. and Canada. He has spoken at parish missions, conferences, rallies, retreats, leadership institutes, and in-services, addressing youth, adults, families, clergy, seminarians, school faculties, businesses, athletic teams and hospital staffs.

 

Mike can be reached at: mikepatin@yahoo.com 

Sr. Johanna Paruch

Professor

Sr. Johanna Paruch

Professor

Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. Sr. Johanna earned an undergraduate degree in deaf communication. She holds a BA in theology and elementary education from St. Louis University and an MA from the Angelicum, awarded after completing studies at Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. She also earned the Pontifical Catechetical Diploma. She has completed her doctorate at Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England.

Sr. Johanna has been involved in catechetics in all its forms, at every level. She began her catechetical apostolate as a 7th and 8th grade classroom teacher. In addition to teaching all subjects including religion, she organized a group of interested students into “Harmony.” This group of hearing-impaired junior high school students performed both popular and religious songs in American Sign Language.

Sponsor: Our Sunday Visitor 

Dr. Joseph White

Director of Catechetical Resources for Our Sunday Visitor

Dr. Joseph White

Director of Catechetical Resources for Our Sunday Visitor

Dr. Joseph White converted to the Catholic Faith while in graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received a Ph.D. in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He later studied Catholic Theology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Dr. White served as a parish Director of Faith Formation for two years, and then worked for seven years as Director of Family Counseling and Family Life for the Diocese of Austin, Texas. He now works as Director of Catechetical Resources for Our Sunday Visitor Publishing and Curriculum and teaches courses in Catechetical Ministry at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. A frequent guest on Catholic radio and television, Dr. White has written twelve books and numerous articles about catechesis, Catholic education, and ministry. He is co-author of the Allelu and Alive in Christ religion series.

Sponsored by: Our Sunday Visitor 

free
3:30pm America/New_York
Pray and Move

Take a break and renew your body and mind with this invigorating afternoon session.

Nicole Masero

Educator

Nicole Masero

Educator

For over 20 years, Nicole has been educating and sharing the experience of liturgical movement at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, LA Regional Congresses and at multiple parishes and communities. Nicole is passionate about sharing the ministry of liturgical movement and she has a deep understanding of using liturgical movement as prayer and how to incorporate the ministry into liturgies and prayer experiences.

Monica Luther, Ed.D.

Educator

Monica Luther, Ed.D.

Educator
Monica Luther is an inspiring educator, speaker, choreographer, and movement minister based out of Southern California. For the past 25 years, Monica has shared the ministry of liturgical movement with audiences across the country. She can be found working with schools, parishes, and regional events to initiate new ministries of liturgical movement. Many may recognize Monica from her constant presence at LA REC, where she coordinates many liturgies, workshops, and concerts.  Monica’s passion is grounded in offering people opportunities to enter and deepen their prayer experience through movement and gesture. She can often be heard saying, “If singing means we pray twice, movement must mean we’re praying three times!” Monica holds a B.A. in Dance Movement from Loyola Marymount University and a Doctorate of Education from California State University, Fullerton.  Monica, along with her co-presenter Nicole Masero, are honored to share this virtual movement opportunity with the attendees of NCCL.
paid
4:30pm America/New_York
Deep Dive: Meitler Report

Join Mark Mogilka as he does a Deep Dive into the Mietler Report. Come learn about the current ministry landscape and dream about the future of NCCL.

Mark Mogilka

Consultant

Mark Mogilka

Consultant

Mark Mogilka brings more than 40 years of experience in diocesan offices to his clients. He began his distinguished career in campus ministry, Catholic Charities, and family ministry. The second half of his career has been spent working in diocesan and parish pastoral planning and leadership development. He has served seven different bishops over the years and has done work or presentations in over 50 dioceses in the US, Canada and in Rome.Mark is a recipient of the Yves Congar Award for extraordinary service, initiative, and creativity in support of pastoral planning and/or council development. He was also named the 2017 Luzbetek Award winner from Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.Mark brings his experience and expertise in pastoral planning, consultation, facilitation, and leadership training and coaching to his clients. He also has deep insight into strategies for multiple parish pastoring. One of the things he likes best about Meitler is their history of delivering quality faith-based service to schools and parishes.In his free time, Mark enjoys playing golf and pickle ball, traveling, and riding his motorcycle.

Thursday, May 21st

Bearers of Hope
paid
11:00am America/New_York
Morning Session -Thursday

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker, traveling to 38 states and three countries, and author of “Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist” and “Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus.” She is the host of The Electric Waffle, a podcast of conversational chaos about culture and Catholicism. McGrady was one of three delegates chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to attend the Pre-Synod gathering on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Sr. Josephine Garrett C.S.F.N.

Minister

Sr. Josephine Garrett C.S.F.N.

Minister

Josephine Garrett, C.S.F.N., professed her first vows with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in October 2015. She is studying to be a clinical mental health counselor, serves in vocations ministry and speaks at youth and young adult retreats and conferences around the country.

Julianne Stanz

Director

Julianne Stanz

Director

Julianne Stanz is a nationally known speaker, retreat leader, storyteller, and the Director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay and a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization.

Sponsor: Loyola Press 

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Presenters

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry

Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Amy McEntee

Project Manager, RCLB

Amy has presented locally and nationally, particularly in the areas of catechist formation.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Charleen Katra

Executive Director

Executive Director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Dan Misleh

Executive Director

Executive Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Darius Villalobos

Director

Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Diana Macalintal

Codirector and cofounder of TeamRCIA.com

Author and speaker on liturgy, music, prayer, RCIA, and intercultural ministry.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Doug Tooke (ODB Films)

Vice President

Vice President of Ministry Advancement for ODB films.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Dr. Carole Eipers

Advisor

National Catechetical Advisor for William H. Sadlier, Inc.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Dr. Felix Palazzi

Profesor

Profesor de teología en Boston College.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Dr. Hosffman Ospino

Professor

International lecturer on theology, culture, catechesis and ministry.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Dr. Jane E. Regan

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Regan is an Associate Professor and Religious Education Chair at Boston College

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Dr. Jem Sullivan

Professor of Catechetics

Professor of Catechetics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Dr. Joseph White

Director of Catechetical Resources for Our Sunday Visitor

Author of twelve books about catechesis, Catholic education, and ministry.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Dr. Timothy O’Malley, PHD.

Director

Director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Dra. Maria del Pilar Silveira

Profesora

Profesora visitante de teología pastoral en Boston College.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Dulce Jimenz Abreu

Director of Bilingual Religion Markets

Dulce is a professor and translator of religion material.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Ellie Hildalgo

Pastoral Associate

Pastoral associate for Dolores Mission Catholic Church and School in Los Angeles, CA.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Eric Groth (ODB Films)

CEO

President/CEO and Executive Producer of ODB Films.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Ernesto Vega

Archdiocesan Coordinator of Ministry

Coordinator for Adult Faith Formation in Spanish for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Fr. Agustino Torres

TV Host

Franciscan Friar and founder of Corazon Puro and Latinos Por la Vida.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Fr. Frank De Siano, CSP

President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries.

Fr. Frank is a national leader in Catholic evangelization.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Fr. Richard Fragomeni

Professor

Rev. Richard Fragomeni is a presbyter of the Diocese of Albany, New York.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Fr. Tom Reese

Senior Analyst

Jesuit priest and Senior Analyst at RNS.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Heidi Cerneka

Attorney

Maryknoll Lay Missioner and an immigration attorney.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Joe Paprocki

Consultant

National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
John Martin Braham

Campus Minister

John Braham has been involved in Catholic education for the past 21 years.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Jose Gonzalez

Senior Director of Professional Development

Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Julia Gilberto

Manager

Manager of Programs and Resource Development, NCPD

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Julianne Stanz

Director

Director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Katie Prejean McGrady

Pre-Synod gathering delegate on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican.

Katie Prejean McGrady is an international speaker and author.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Ken Ogorek

Author, Speaker, Consultant

Ken Ogorek is an author, speaker, retreat facilitator, and Catholic leadership consultant.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Marilyn Santos

Associate Director

Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Mark Mogilka

Consultant

Pastoral Planning Consultant, Meitler.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Matthew Schwartz

Consultant

Trainer, coach and theological consultant.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Meredith Augustin

Musical Artist

Director of Music at Church of St. Francis of Assissi in Midtown Manhattan and accomplished artist.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Mike Patin

Professional Speaker

Professional speaker and “faith horticulturist.”

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Monica Luther, Ed.D.

Educator

Educator of liturgical movement.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Most Reverend Andrew H. Cozzens

Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Chair -Elect for the USCCB Commitee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Nicole Masero

Educator

Educator of liturgical movement.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Pat Finan

Educational Consultant

Pat Finan is an educational consultant for Global Sisters Report in the Classroom.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Paul Canavese

Director

Director of The Pastoral Center, author, frequent conference speaker, and pastoral consultant.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Skip Bacon

Representative

Representative with William H. Sadlier, Inc. in northern California.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Sr. Johanna Paruch

Professor

Member of the Sisters of St. Francis, and proficient in ASL. Earned Pontifical Catechetical Diploma.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Sr. Josephine Garrett C.S.F.N.

Minister

Vocation minister and professional speaker.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Team RCIA

TeamRCIA.com

A FREE online resource for Catholic parishes and dioceses that want to form Christians for life.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Ted Miles

Executive Director

Ted Miles is the Executive Director for Maryknoll Lay Missionaries.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Tom Quinlan

Director

Ministry Director of the St. Joseph Educational Center in Des Moines, IA.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Valerie Vogel

Solutions Leader

Curriculum Solutions Leader at Our Sunday Visitor.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group
Vicky Hathaway

Diocesan Ministry Consultant

Ministry Consultant for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Gary, Indiana.

Bio

Amy Buttarazzi

Director of Family Ministry
Amy Buttarazzi is the Director of Family Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, Maryland. She and her husband, Will, live with their 8 children (seven boys and one girl!) in Northern Baltimore County. Amy grew up in a large Catholic family, (six brothers and one sister!), while attending Catholic schools throughout her childhood. She received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, followed by a Master’s in Church Ministry from the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. She loves kids, chocolate and long runs through the neighborhood. Most importantly, Amy has a passion for reinventing the formation of children in their faith to create a dynamic catholic experience at church and at home.   Sponsored By: The Pflaum Publishing Group