The Call to Discipleship
Modeling and Building Discipleship in 21st Century Culture
Thirty-sixth Easter Seminar for Priests and Seminarians

WHEN Sunday, April 21 to Wednesday, April 24, 2019

WHERE Shellbourne Conference Center  |  Valparaiso, Indiana

“We are called to be holy...” The New Evangelization that Pope Francis has been teaching throughout his pontificate involves a strong call to discipleship. The answer to this call requires Catholics to take on a new view of the work of the Church and to undertake the task of evangelization among their family, friends, and colleagues. This work involves a strong awareness that an apostolate of attraction and personal witness are indispensable to building up the Church. With his or her example of holiness, the modern disciple is called to reach the peripheries in order to counteract society’s ignorance, indifference or alienation from Christ.

During this seminar we want to learn how to inculcate a healthy restlessness among the faithful to both witness and teach the Gospel. Our parishioners must take on the task of drawing others back to the sacraments and to a relationship with God. This new attitude, which is as old and new as the Gospel, challenges people to go beyond merely attending Mass and practicing some standard devotions, to finding creative ways of bringing people back to the Church.

Twenty-first century evangelizers will emerge from the diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds of the Church today. With personal sanctity as the first priority, we want to discuss effective ways to reach the faithful amid their cultural diversity, which has always been a hallmark of the Church in America. We are fortunate to have speakers who have a wealth of experience in touching the lives of a rich variety of individuals with the common denominator of the Gospel message and teachings of the Church.

“We are called to be holy by living our lives with love
and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.”

POPE FRANCIS,
Gaudete et exsultate, no. 14

Topics and Speakers

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

7:30 p.m.

Arrival and Light Supper


8:00 p.m.

Introductory Talk


Monday, April 22, 2019

7:45 a.m.

Morning Prayer


8:00 a.m.

Preached Meditation


8:30 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


11:00 a.m.

First Presentation
Forming a New Generation of Disciples
Rev. Peter Armenio
Prelature of Opus Dei, Chicago


5:30 p.m.

Holy Hour


7:30 p.m.

Second Presentation
The Parish, the Learning Center for Evangelization
Rev. Jerome Kish
Pastor, Diocese of Joliet, IL

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

7:45 a.m.

Morning Prayer


8:00 a.m.

Preached Conference


8:30 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


11:00 a.m.

Third Presentation
Evangelical Strategies for the Contemporary Church
Most Rev. Donald Hying
Bishop of Gary, IN


5:30 p.m.

Holy Hour


7:30 p.m.

Fourth Presentation
The Pastoral Work of Integration of Cultures in the US
Most Rev. Joseph Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, IL


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

7:45 a.m.

Morning Prayer


8:00 a.m.

Conference


8:30 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


10:00 a.m.

Departure

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