Center for Theological and Spiritual Development presents

The Annual Pastoral Conference Day:

God’s Story, Our Story in the Feast of Life


Saturday, November 5, 2011 9am-3pm

Annunciation Center, College of Saint Elizabeth

 The US Bishops document Called and Gifted: The American Catholic Laity and the follow-up Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium outline the four calls of discipleship: holiness, community, mission and ministry, Christian maturity.  They put into words the great power we all have as disciples in Christ – and the great responsibility to be singers in the great song of the feast called life in Christ.

How can we, the body of Christ, continue to sing this song in difficult times?

Let us gather together on November 5th to re-member the song of the called and gifted and explore with master teachers and one another how we shall sing that song in these times, for our sake and the sake of generations to come.


Rev. Richard Fragomeni (Catholic Theological Union) -

          The Song Never Ends: Called and Gifted to Sing the Song of Christ

Master Classes (for our English-speaking community)

Dr. Thomas Beaudoin (Fordham University) - 

          Texting God: Faith and Culture Among Youth and Young Adults Today

Jim Lundholm-Eades (National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management) - 

          Parish Leadership and Ministry in Challenging Times

Dr. Darlene Weaver (Villanova University) - 

          Hope as Burden, Sustenance, and Gift

Msgr. Ray East (St. Theresa of Avila Parish, Washington, DC) - 

          Befriending the Friendless: Evangelization in the 21st Century

Performance of Marty Haugen’s The Feast of Life with Msgr. Ray East as storyteller 


Keynote (for our Spanish-speaking community) 

Rev. Tom Florek, SJ (University of Detroit Mercy) - 

          Amar y Servir en Tiempos Apurados/To Love and Serve in Troubled Times

Master Classes (for our Spanish-speaking community)

Dr. Maria de los Ángeles Garcia—Catechetics - 

          Señor, Enséñanos a Orar (Lucas 11,1) / Lord, Teach Us to Pray(Luke 11,1):

          Formación en la Oración en el Contexto de la Oración de Jesús / Formation in Prayer Within the Context of Jesus’ Prayer

 Rev. Ricardo Benitez (Good Shepherd Parish, Riverside) - Spirituality - 

          Como Cantar un Cantico del Señor en Tierra Extranjera / How to Sing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land

          Espiritualidad Latinoamericana en Tiempos de Reforma Migratoria/ Latin American Spirituality in Times of Migration Reform


Registration:  $30 per person           Light lunch included 

Special team rate: Register 3 people from the same parish and the 4th is FREE

For information, call (973) 290-4302 or email

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