2017 CPPCD Conference

CPPCD 43rd Annual Conference, Chicago, April 17-20

Into the Fields:
Pastoral Planning for Our Lived Realities

Rural and Urban, Growing and Retracting

The planning experience must continually respond to new challenges and opportunities, whether it is in the parish, region, or diocese. Our 2017 Conference will examine the different levels of planning and collaboration that are possible. Whether you are looking to begin a planning process, in the middle of making changes, adapting to the results of processes recently concluded, or working with Parish Pastoral Councils, this Conference will seek to provide support, tools, and best practices to assist you in these efforts.


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CPPCD 2017 Conference Brochure (.pdf)

Pope Francis

“How needed pastoral councils are! A bishop cannot guide a diocese without pastoral councils. A parish priest cannot guide the parish without the parish council. This is fundamental!” (Pope Francis, Assisi, Oct 2013)
– Pope Francis


12601 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, Kansas 66109

CPPCD 43rd Annual Conference, Chicago, April 17-20

Keynote Speakers

Mark Mogilka

Mark Mogilka
Director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services, Diocese of Green Bay

Director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services – Diocese of Green Bay, WI.  Served in diocesan offices for 42 years.  Senior Consultant Meitler. Nationally recognized speaker and writer.  Masters degrees in Social Work and Religious Studies. 2007 recipient of Yves Congar Award for “extraordinary service, initiative, creativity and service” by the CPPCD. In 2009 Co-authored “Pastoring Multiple Parishes”.  Married with four mostly grown children and eight perfect grandchildren.   

Br. Loughlan Sofield, S.T
Author and Speaker

Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T., is a Missionary Servant of the Most Holy Trinity.  Loughlan is currently the Director of the community’s Senior Ministry house.  He has served as Director of the Missionary Servant Center for Collaborative Ministry; Director of the Washington Archdiocesan Consultation and Counseling Center; and Assistant Director of the Center for Religion and Psychiatry, Washington, D.C.  Brother Loughlan has worked in almost 300 dioceses in six continents.

Barbara Sutton

Barbara Sutton
St. John’s School of Theology, Collegeville

Barbara Sutton, DMin is the director of Field Education and Ministerial Formation for Saint John’s School of Theology, Collegeville, MN.  Previously, she was the Executive Director, Diocesan Pastoral Service in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, WV; and in parish ministry in the Diocesan of Venice. She has consulted with dioceses and parishes in Minnesota on developing vibrant parish life.  She has served as the curriculum director for The Saint John’s Bible and now as consultant for Sadlier Religion on the process of visio divina for elementary and youth catechesis.  Barbara has also served in the past on the Board for CPPCD.


Fr. Paul Soper

Fr. Paul Soper
Secretary for Evangelization and Discipleship, Archdiocese of Boston

Rev. Paul Soper is the Secretary for Evangelization and Discipleship for the Archdiocese of Boston, as well as the Director of Pastoral Planning.  He lives in the Hingham Collaborative (Saint Paul and Resurrection Parishes).  Ordained in 1990, he served in a variety of Parish and Campus Ministry positions until 2012, when he was called by Cardinal Seán O’Malley to lead the consultation around Disciples in Mission, and, eventually, its implementation.  He enjoys hobby electronics, computer programming, crossword puzzles, and recreational mathematics.  From time to time he publishes a paper, with a team from the Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Robert Choiniere

Robert Choiniere
Former Dir. of Pastoral Planning, Diocese of Brooklyn, CPPCD member and Lumen Gentium Award recipient

Bob is currently a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University. He holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and a BA in Theology and Theatre from DeSales University. Bob has served as a lay ecclesial minister in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Brooklyn, where he was the Director of Pastoral Planning from 2006-2014. Bob became a member of CPPCD in 2000 and, as Chair from 2011-2014 and was awarded the Lumen Gentium award by CPPCD in 2013.

Conference Schedule

Sunday, April 30, 2017

  • 1:30 pm: Registration
  • 3:30 pm: Welcome/Orientation
  • 5:00 pm: Mass
    Celebrant, Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner
  • 7:45 pm: Keynote: “Strategic and Transformative Planning”, Mark Mogilka

Monday, May 1, 2017

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Opening Prayer
    Keynote: The Art of Building Community & Collaboration”, Barbara Sutton
  • 10:30 am Break
  • 10:45 am Keynote: Process/Discussion
  • 12:00 noon Lunch
  • 1:30 pm Keynote: “Obstacles to Collaboration in Planning”, Br. Loughlan Sofield
  • 3:00 pm Break
  • 3:15 pm Keynote Process/Discussion
  • 4:30 pm Free Evening

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Morning Prayer
    Keynote: “Pastoral Planning for the New Evangelization” Fr. Paul Soper
  • 10:30 am: Break
  • 10:45 am: Keynote: Process/Discussion
  • 12:00 Noon: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Group Process and Conversation “Using the Wisdom of the Room”
  • 3:30 pm:  CPPCD Business Meeting
  • 6:30 pm: Awards Banquet

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Opening Prayer
    Keynote: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk: Credibility, Trust and the Dangers of Decoupling in Ecclesial Leadership” – Robert Choiniere 
  • 10:30 am: Closing Mass
    Presider: Most Rev Howard J. Hubbard,
    Retired Bishop of Albany, Episcopal Moderator of the CPPCD.

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Questions about the 2017 conference? Contact us:

Ellen Rhatigan, Conference Chair

Email: erhatigan@diobrook.org
Phone: 718-965-7393


“Relevant. Engaging. Practical”

At CPPCD I find some of the best, brightest, most knowledgeable, faith-filled and thoughtful people from throughout the country.
They willingly share their wisdom, experience, vision, a good laugh and the support we all need to be people of hope who help the Church proactively plan for the future.”

– Mark Mogilka, Director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services, Diocese of Green Bay