2019 CPPCD Conference

CPPCD 46th Annual Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, May 5-8, 2019


 Conference Rates

Full Conference Registration, CPPCD member Lodging and meals on Site $625
Full Conference Registration, Non-member Lodging and meals on Site $695
New Member (includes 2019 Membership Dues) 2018 Conference + Membership for new Diocesan Members $895
Day Rate (local Dioceses) Includes lunch $95
Retired CPPCD Members Lodging and meals on Site $425

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

Keynote Speakers

Roger William Gries,

Aux. Bishop of Cleveland

Bishop Gries attended Loyola University Chicago, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He entered the Benedictine Order of Cleveland at Saint Andrew's Abbey and was ordained a priest on May 18, 1963. He became prior of the abbey and was elected the fifth abbot of the abbey in 1981, a position he held for over 20 years.

He was named Titular Bishop of Praesidium and Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland by Pope John Paul II on March 25, 2001 and was ordained with Bishop Martin Amos on June 7, 2001. The ordaining bishop was Cleveland Bishop Anthony Pilla, and Cleveland Auxiliary Bishops James Quinn and Anthony Pevec were the principal co-consecrators.

Rev. Tom Pipp, SJ
Director of Ignatian formation at John Carroll University.

Rev. Thomas Pipp, S.J., graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1979. Afterward he
served for two years as Jesuit volunteer in Newark, NJ, and then entered the Society of Jesus in 1981; he was ordained in 1992.

For most of his Jesuit life (1985-1988; 1992-2009), Tom was missioned to St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio, where he served in a variety of positions, including superior of the Jesuit community, vice-president for Jesuit Identity, director of campus ministry and acting president. From 2010-2017, he was director of novices for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces at the Jesuit Novitiate in St. Paul, MN. Currently, he serves as director of Ignatian formation at John Carroll University.

As a Jesuit, Tom obtained an MA in English from Northwestern University and two degrees in theology from the (former) Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He is currently the Director of Formation at John Carroll, University.

Most Rev. Howard J. Hubbard
Bishop Emeritus of Albany

During his tenure as Bishop of Albany, he was appointed to numerous committees of the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops, including Chair of committees on Human Values, and Marriage
and the Family Life, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and International Justice
and Peace.

In 1983, he was appointed to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Non-Believers by Pope John Paul II. His lifelong commitment to serving the poor and vulnerable and those on the margins of society are evidenced by his many efforts on their behalf. He served as president of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, sued to prevent an abortion clinic from opening in Albany, and led a historic Palm Sunday reconciliation service between Christians and Jews in 1986. He also served as Episcopal Liason to the Catholic Aids Network and the National Council for Pastoral Planning and Council Development.

During the entire length of his time as Bishop of Albany, he served as chairman of the Public Policy Committee of the New York State Catholic Conference, and as a member of the Conference’s Executive Committee.

Brother Loughlan Sofield, S.T
Author, Speaker

Rick Krivanka
Executive Director, Jesuit Retreat Center

Catherine Butel
CPPCD Chair, Secretary for Parish Life, Diocese of Scranton

Ricardo Medina
Managing Partner, Factor Delta

Tim Weiske
Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation at Archdiocese of Chicago

Msgr. James Lang
Office of Pastoral Planning, Diocese of Syracuse


5629 State Road
Parma, Ohio 44134
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Jesuit Retreat Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Conference Schedule

Sunday, May 5, 2019

  • 1:30 pm: Registration Opens
  • 3:30 pm: Welcome – Catherine Butel, CPPCD Chair
    • Mass – Bishop Roger Gries , Cleveland, Ohio
  • 6:30 pm – Venue Orientation and Housekeeping – Rick Krivanka, Executive Director, Jesuit Retreat Center
  • 8:00 pmNetworking Reception

This is a premiere opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and meet new peers in a casual environment to discuss what is happening in your world.

Monday, May 6, 2019

  • 7:45 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Opening Prayer
  • 9:30 am: Keynote Address: Bishop Howard Hubbard, Episcopal Moderator will deliver an inspiring story of his past to present and  overcoming many challenges he has faced over the years. His extraordinary journey and his historical vision will encompass interworking’s with Pastoral Planners
  • 10:30 am: The Resonance of our own Parallel Journey’sModerated by Msgr. James Lang, Vicar for Parishes, Diocese of Syracuse, NY
  • 12:00 noon: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Embracing Turbulent Times with a Spiritual Reflection  or Dance in the Darkness – Presenter, Catherine Butel, CPPCD Chair, Secretary for Parish Life, Diocese of Scranton
  • 3:00 pm:  Reflection Moderator, Msgr. James Lang
  • 3:15 pm: Keynote Process/Discussion
  • 6:00 pm: 6:00 pm – Summit Attendee Group Dinner – Offsite / Venue TBD

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

  • 7:45 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast and CPPCD Business Meeting
  • 9:00 am: Morning Prayer
  • 9:30 am: Keynote: ‘Signs of Reality and Hope’ – Br. Loughlan Sofield, ST and Rick Krivanka, a seasoned professional and longtime valued member of CPPCD, will discuss the following as an interactive session
  • 11:15 am – 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion –  Peer Perspectives from across the Country
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Case Study – Meaning & Measurement: How to measure progress in the pastoral planning context – Field Practitioners – Ricardo Medina and Tim Weiske 
  • 3:00 pm:  Case Study – Meaning and Measurement(con’t)
  • 5:00 pm: Mass
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner and Awards Ceremony
  • 8:00 pm: Evening Reception

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

  • 7:45 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Opening Prayer
  • 9:30 am:  Navigating A Meaningful Way Home – Bishop Hubbard and Br. Loughlan Sofield
  • 11:00 am: Closing Mass – Bishop Hubbard
  • 12:00 pm: Departing Lunch
  • 1:00 pm: Adjourn

“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