July 22 and/or July 23, 2017

9:15 AM – 4:30 PM with mid-day break

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P-1: Ministry with Families 101: English

Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd

Note:  This course is a two-day program, held on both Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd.   

Description:  A Formation Program for All Those Who Minister to Families. An introductory course for participants new to ministry with a family perspective or those seeking review and renewal. This course will provide a solid foundation which draws on systems theory, theology, Scripture and practical models for ministry. Participants will become more confident in their ministerial role as they are provided with opportunities to integrate and apply innovative theory and approaches to ministry.

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Participant cost:  $75

Speaker(s): Steve Beirne and Susan Vogt

Vogt Photo

Bio:  Susan Vogt is an international speaker and award winning author of 5 books. She is committed to helping couples enrich their marriages, parents inspire their children, and everyone to deepen their faith and simplify their lives.
Susan has worked in diocesan family ministry for over 30 years. Most recently she has facilitated symposiums on environmental sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment for the Pachamama Alliance.
Occupation: Giving things away, living lightly

Bio:  Steve Beirne is the publisher of Foundations Newsletter for Married Couples and the co-author of Catholic and Newly Married. He has worked in family ministry for over 40 years as a teacher, religious education director, diocesan director of family ministry in the Missouri and Maine.

Steve has served on the NACFLM Board and as president of the association as well as an advisor to the USCCB committee on Marriage and Family. Steve and his wife Kathy have been married for 49 years have seven children and five grandchildren.


P-2: Ministerio con las Familias 101

Sabado, July 22 y Domingo, July 23rd

Nota: Este curso es un programa de dos días, celebrada el tanto Sabado, July 22 y Domingo, July 23rd.

Description:  Una Introducción a una Clase de Formación Para Quienes a Través del Ministerio se Esfuerzan por llegar a las familias. Esta experiencia de formación esta diseñada para aumentar el proceso de transformación de los participantes en como ellos ven la relación entre la familia y el ministerio, profundizar y comprender el impacto del ministerio en la Iglesia y el Hogar, proveer habilidad y perspicacia a los participantes para que vivan la visión de Ministerio de Familias más intensamente tanto en sus vidas personales como en los esfuerzos del ministerio, y incrementar y entender las dinámicas de la familia y de la parroquia como sistemas que crecen y cambian.

Participant cost:  $75

Nota: Este curso es un programa de dos días, celebrada el tanto Martes, 19 de julio y Miércoles, 20 de julio

Speaker(s): Debbie Gonzales and Lydia Pesina

Gonzales

Bio:  Debbie Gonzales is the Family Life Director at St. Ann parish in Coppell, TX (Diocese of Dallas). She has over 15 years of experience working with couples and families through her work in counseling and Family Ministry.

Debbie Gonzales es la Directora de Vida Familiar en la Parroquia St. Ann en Coppell, TX (Diocese of Dallas). Debbie lleva mas de 15 años trabajando con familias y matrimonios por medio del pastoral y consejeria familiar.

Pesina

Bio:  Lydia Pesina serves as Director of the Family Life Office for the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, Texas. She has worked as a Lay Ecclesial Minister full time for 34 years (August 1982- present) including serving in the Diocesan Offices of Family Life and Catechesis and as a parish Director of Religious Education.  Lydia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas; a Certificate in Religious Education from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas; and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been married for 41 years and resides in Edinburg, Texas with her husband Mauri. They have one daughter and one grandson. Lydia serves as co-chair of The Formation and Resource Commission for NACFLM  and  received the 2011 NACFLM  Award.

P-3: Ministry with Families 201: English

Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd

Note:  This course is a two-day program, held on both Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd.

Description:  Ministry with Families 201: Building the Partnership between the Domestic & larger Church. An advanced course that takes a deeper look at marriage and family through the life cycle and forming bridges between the Institutional and Domestic Church. This course will provide a solid foundation which draws on systems theory, theology, Scripture and practical models for ministry. Participants will become more confident in their ministerial role as they are provided with opportunities to integrate and apply innovative theory and approaches to ministry.

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Participant cost:  $75

Speakers: George and Judy Clark

Clarks

Bio:  George and Judy Clark have served in the fields of family ministry and community development for over 30 years. Since 1994, they have been the Co-Directors of Family & Adult Ministry and Counseling Services for St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Plano, Texas. They previously served as Directors of Adult & Family Ministry for the Diocese of Dallas from 1980-1994 with Father Gale White. Judy is a former president of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) and served on its Education and Formation Commission for eight years. She holds a Masters in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis University and a Masters in Counseling Education from University of North Texas. She is a licensed professional counselor and specializes in family systems theory and marriage and family health. George holds a BA in Psychology and a Doctorate in Dentistry. He also has served in various positions of NACFLM leadership. Both George and Judy are adjunct instructors at the University of Notre Dame and are facilitators of the NACFLM Ministry With Families leadership formation series. George and Judy have been married 52 years. They have been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren.

P-4: Building Bridges with Divorced and Separated Catholics

Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd

Note:  This event is a two-day program, held on both Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd.

Speakers:  Monsignor David Fulton, Associate Professor of Moral Theology and of Canon Law at St. Mary’s Seminary and Director of Priest Programs at St. Mary’s Center for Continuing Formation.  Other speakers are experts in Faith Formation, Pastoral Ministry, Catechesis, and Family Life.

Description:  Two-day program provides tools and insights for developing or expanding ministry in dioceses and parishes, and support families in transition.  Topics focus on a Christ-centered path to healing the family unit.  Participants increase awareness that they are wanted, loved, and supported to actively participate in church roles that fit their individual conditions.  Guide book provided.

Visit www.nacsdc.org  for additional details on topics and speakers.

Participant Cost: $100/person. Early bird rate: $80 before June 5, 2017

P-5: Enhance Your Response to Families Dealing with Difficult Situations

Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd

Note:  This course is a two-day program, held on both Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd.

Description: Intimate partner violence poses pain for families.  Learn from faculty experts and diocesan leaders how to help families deal with the contributing factors of poor parenting styles, addictions, sexual abuse, and caregiving.  Learn a step by step process to implement a response that offers hope, help, and healing.

Social Work CEU’s are provided to participants.

Participant Cost: $100/person, includes study materials

Speaker: Dr. Sharon A. O’Brien, Director of Catholics For Family Peace Education and Research Initiative joined by faculty experts from the National Catholic School of Social and diocesan leaders.

Bio:   Sharon O’Brien, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Catholics For Family Peace Education and Research Initiative in the National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America. Her doctoral work from the University of Maryland was recognized at the 2003 International Family Violence Research Conference. She earned her M.A. in Adult Education from The George Washington University.  O’Brien is a consultant, author, and international presenter on the issue of faith communities’ response to domestic abuse. Dr. O’Brien was a founding member and President of the Interfaith Community Against Domestic Violence (2004 – 2013), a founding member of the Peaceful Families Project (2007 – 2013); and served on Maryland’s Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition of Maryland (2013 – 2015).  Sharon continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) and on the National Council of Catholic Women which addressed domestic abuse for many years.

P-6: Agape Catholic Marriage Prep Instructor Training and Certification

Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd

Speaker: Christian Meert

Note:  This course is a two-day program, held on both Saturday, July 22nd, and Sunday, July 23rd.

Description: Instructor Couples will be certified to teach the Agape Catholic Marriage Prep program in their parishes. Instructor Couples have to be Catholic in good standing, in agreement with the Teachings of the Catholic Church, married five years. The Agape Program is taught in four sessions by the same Instructor couple.

Participant Cost: $100/couple, including study materials

P-7: Accompanying Families in Faith: Effective Strategies for Pastoral Application

Sunday, July 23rd (only)

Speaker(s): Michael Theisen and Linda Moses

  

Description: What happens when we walk with parents and families along their journey of faith instead of waiting for them to hurry up and arrive at the place we expect them to be? What might we come to know more deeply about parents and family life, the process of faith transmission and the presence of God if we dare accept the ministerial pace of accompaniment in our faith formation efforts? This pre-conference will examine those questions and look at the proven, effective and pastoral strategies for re-aligning your ministry around an accompaniment model over the entire family life cycle.

Participant Cost: $25/person, includes materials. $40/couple rate

P-8: Fully Engaged Pre-Marriage Inventory Facilitator Training

Sunday, July 23rd (only)

Speaker: Chris Codden

Bio:

Description: Fully Engaged is a Catholic catechetical pre-marital inventory designed to assist engaged couples in building a sacramental marriage.  Created specifically through the lens of Catholic teaching, the training includes the Facilitator’s Guide (with references to sacred scripture, magisterial, ecclesial documents and catechetical information), Couple’s workbook and complete set of materials.

Participant cost: $75, including materials. Spouse may attend at no extra cost.

P-9: Great Dates Marriage Enrichment Facilitator Training

Sunday, July 23rd (only)

Speakers: David and Claudia Arp

Description: Get trained in 4 programs including the new multimedia-based 10 Great Dates® that reaches out to Millennials and utilizes video clips and slides with presenter notes. 10 Great Dates® is proven, fun, male-friendly, skill- and Bible-based and has been used successfully in the Catholic Church for over 15 years—a great community outreach! New10 Great Dates® curriculum is included in workshop fee!

Participant cost for pre-conference: $ 49 per person. ($79 / couple)

P-10: Dealing with Suicide and Traumatic Loss: Pastoral Care of Families

Saturday, July 22nd (only)

Speaker: Jason R. Lewis, Bereavement Coordinator, Marriage and Family Life Office, Diocese of Cleveland

Description:

Participant cost for pre-conference: $ $65 per person.