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The Forum for Catechesis and Youth Ministry

The Forum for Catechesis and Youth Ministry

Cardinal Spellman High School
One Cardinal Spellman Pl. | Bronx, NY
8:45 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

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John S. Burke Catholic High School
80 Fletcher St. | Goshen, NY
8:45 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

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and Workshops Details
Registration Begins in August

Principal Celebrant

Father Jose Felix Ortega

Pastor, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Bronx

Principal Celebrant

Most Rev. Gerald T. Walsh

Vicar Emeritus for Clergy

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Keynote Speakers

Rebuilding: What Will it Cost?

Dr. Matthew Halbach
Bronx Keynote

Rebuilding the Church requires that we, first, assess the costs involved. To do this, we need to take an honest and humble look at the current state of the Church and reflect upon what needs to be changed and what the costs will be to make the necessary changes. Change always costs us something. Change is not often welcome. But change is part of life and part of being a disciple. When the costs of rebuilding are counted, will we be willing to pay those costs?

Dr. Matthew Halbach was ordained in 2018 for the Diocese of Des Moines, IA. He is Executive Director of Catechesis for William H. Sadlier, Inc. and a major contributor to Sadlier’s newest catechetical program, Christ In Us. Deacon Halbach is also a national author and speaker on the topics of mercy, accompaniment, clergy abuse, evangelization, and catechesis. He earned his PhD in Catechetics from The Catholic University of America in 2014 and is a reviewer for The International Journal of Evangelization and Catechesis. Deacon Halbach is a father of six children and a husband.

La Reconstrucción Comienza…

Señor Armando Cervantes
Bronx Orador (en espanol)

Terminemos esta oración juntos reflexionando, platicando y orando con el llamado que Cristo nos hace a cada uno de nosotros. Fortalecidos con el Espíritu Santo y de la mano de nuestra madrecita María, hagamos de esta “reconstrucción” un momento de transformación interno y externo para nuestras familias, nuestras parroquias, nuestra arquidiócesis y nuestro mundo.

Armando lleva más de dos décadas de experiencia y liderazgo parroquial, diocesano, regional, nacional e internacional. Armando se graduó de UC Irvine con una licenciatura en Ciencias Sociales, enfocándose en Servicio Público y Comunitario. Después de recibir su maestría en Teología Pastoral de la Universidad Loyola Marymount, Armando recibió su MBA Ejecutivo de la Universidad Chapman. Armando fue uno de los co-maestros de ceremonia para el Encuentro Regional y el Encuentro Nacional de la Región 11 en Grapevine, Texas.

Proclaiming the Gospel in a time of Rebirth

Sr. Maureen Sullivan, O.P
Goshen Keynote

Today’s title comes from a recent address given by Pope Francis to the Italian Bishops. Given what we have experienced in the past year, the Pope’s words carry special meaning for us. Yes, 2020 was a painful disruption on so many levels but, perhaps, we can grow from this disruption. This truly can be a moment of rebirthing and rebuilding for us, an opportunity to recapture the essence of what it means to be “Church,” an opportunity to realize that tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of the fire.

Sr. Maureen Sullivan, O.P. is a Dominican Sister of Hope from New York. She received her M.A. in Theology from Manhattan College in the Bronx and her Ph.D. from Fordham University, also in the Bronx. She is Professor Emerita of Theology at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Prior to her ministry at St. Anselm College, she served two years as Academic Dean for Freshmen at Fordham College, followed by two years as the Associate Dean of the College. Sr. Maureen is a National Religion Consultant for the William H. Sadlier Publishing Company , a position that enables her to speak to Catholic school teachers, catechists, and diocesan leaders on contemporary theological issues. She has written two books on the Second Vatican Council, both published by Paulist Press: 101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II (2002) and The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology (2007).