Faith is focus of Oct. 19 event

St. Michael center will host conference on evangelization

Staff report


“Open the Door of Faith” is the theme for the Evangelization and Catechesis Conference planned from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at St. Michael Family Life Center in Canfield.

The event is sponsored by the Diocese of Youngstown Offices of Continuing Education of Priests, Evangelization, Religious Education, and Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

The topic of keynote speaker Sister Maureen Sullivan is “Conference with The Church as Mystery: Reflecting on the Presence of God in our Midst.”

She also will offer two workshops: “Baptism: Conversion and Commitment” and “Pursued by God, The Hound of Heaven Revisited.”

Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale, featured speaker, presents three workshops. They are “Faith Formation 4.0: Utilizing Media in Forming All Generations,” “Reaching Beyond the Physical Classroom: Using Online Educational Technology to Offer and Enhance Formation for Adults,” and “Using Social Media with Youth.”

Local presenters will offer workshops on bullying prevention, creative catechesis, parish hospitality, praying with children and more.

Sister Maureen, a Dominican Sister of Hope from New York, is an associate professor of theology at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire and is a religion consultant for RCL Benziger Publishing Co.

McCorquodale is an international educator, researcher and consultant for the fields of lay ecclesial ministry, youth ministry, and e-learning.

She is co-founder of Ministry Training Source, an organization committed to the education and formation of ministry leaders by providing customized ministry formation solutions.

Conference exhibitors include Catholic publishers, religious goods stores, diocesan offices and the Work of Human Hands fair trade.

The fair-trade products are handmade by artisans or grown by farmers living in developing regions around the world.

The Work of Human Hands Program, a partnership between Catholic Relief Services and A Greater Gift is a nonprofit program of SERRV International, an alternative trade and development organization.

The Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society supports olivewood and mother of pearl artisans in the Holy Land through the sale of olivewood collectibles.

Every fair-trade purchase helps the producers maintain steady work and a sustainable income so they can provide for their families.

The cost is $30 per person. Conference registration includes lunch, morning refreshments and parking. Registration is $25 by Thursday.

Participants are eligible for up to five hours of religious education certification credit.

Catholic school teachers employed by the Diocese of Youngstown may be eligible to earn professional development credit for State of Ohio certification.

For registration information, contact the diocese at 330-744-8451, or e-mail

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