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Seminary to host Parish Ministry Conference Apr. 19-20
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2013

As part of the “Year of Faith,” this special year, the Diocese of Buffalo’s offices of Parish Life and Worship, departments of Lifelong Faith Formation and Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Christ the King Seminary are offering a parish ministry conference, “Catholic on Purpose: Becoming a Church that matters to all,” on April 19 - 20 at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora.

The conference is open to Catholic leaders who want to refocus and be renewed, download inspiration and upload new ideas on being a church that matters to all.

The program will include various presentations by the Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo; Dr. Bob McCarty, D. Min, executive director of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry; Sister Donna Ciangio, OP, founder of Church Leadership Institute and consultant with RCL Benzinger Publishing; and Ken Canedo, OCP, liturgy clinician and composer.

Three different modules will take place beginning with “Seeing with new eyes:  Viewing parish from the outside in” on Friday, April 19, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. This module features motivating keynote speakers, faith sharing, and thought-provoking questions.  There will be seven breakout sessions during this module.  Module 2, “Grace on purpose,” Friday, April 19, 4 – 9:30 p.m., includes inspiring faith witnesses, dinner, and prayer in a coffeehouse atmosphere. The Voices of Mercy will be featured.

Module 3, “A church bigger than boundaries: A response from the inside out,” will include practical workshops with a variety of strategies for bridge-building with people looking for more from church. This module is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. and will include seven breakout sessions. 

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