Approximately 150 pastoral leaders, religious education directors, clergy, and religious filled the College of Saint Elizabeth Annunciation Center, on Saturday, November 5, 2011, for day of music, classes, and reflection.
The Annual CSE Pastoral Day, God’s Story, Our Story in the Feast of Life, sponsored by the CSE Center for Theological and Spiritual Development, brought together leading theologians from all across the country. The day began with a rousing musical performance of The Feast of Life, written by Marty Haugen. The work, which was performed by The Elizabeth Singers, Members of the Festival Choir of CSE, and Morris Catholic High School Choir and featured Msgr. Ray East of St. Theresa of Avila Parish, Washington, D.C., as storyteller, received a standing ovation from the audience.
The crowd then broke into two groups to hear keynote speakers. Rev. Richard Fragomeni from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, addressed the English speaking audience in his speech The Song Never Ends: Called and Gifted to Sing the Song of Christ. Spanish speaking attendees heard Rev. Tom Florek, S.J., from the University of Detroit Mercy, speak about Amar y Servir en Tiempos Apurados/To Love and Serve in Troubled Times.
After lunch, they broke into smaller groups to attend one of six master classes. Four were in English: Dr. Thomas Beaudoin, from Fordham University, The Bronx, N.Y., led Texting God: Faith and Culture Among Youth and Young Adults Today; Jim Lundholm-Eades, National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, Washington, D.C., Parish Leadership and Ministry in Challenging Times; Dr. Darlene Fozard Weaver, Villanova University, Pa., Hope as Burden, Sustenance, and Gift; and Msgr. Ray East, Befriending the Friendless: Evangelization in the 21st Century. The two master classes in Spanish were led by Dr. Maria de los Angeles Garcia, Union City, N.J., Catechesis, and Rev. Ricardo Benitez, Good Shepherd Parish, Riverside, N.J., Spirituality.