Monday, May 6, 2019
7:45 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast
9:00 am Opening Prayer
9:30 am Keynote – Journey of Faith and Ministry – Most Reverend Howard James Hubbard, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Albany, CPPCD Episcopal Moderator
This Keynote Address will be sure to deliver an inspiring story of his past to present opportunities and overcoming many challenges he has faced over the years. His extraordinary journey and his historical vision will encompass inter-workings with Pastoral Planners
10:30 am The Resonance of our own Parallel Journey’s – Moderated by Monsignor James Lang, Vicar for Parishes, Diocese of Syracuse, NY
12:00 noon Lunch
1:30 pm Spiritual Reflection: Embracing Turbulent Times – Presenter, Catherine Butel, CPPCD Chair, Secretary for Parish Life, Diocese of Scranton, PA
Why is it that my recent experiences of Church have made the ancient Psalms more poignant again? Where in the rich themes of Biblical accounts is our current story of chaos making way for creation, our desert wandering vindicated by a Promised Land, our exile portending a future homecoming, our death-defying resurrection? Once, when being asked this by the Pharisees, Jesus responded: “You cannot tell by careful watching when the reign of God will come. Neither is it a matter of reporting that it is ‘here’ or ‘there.’ The reign of God is already in your midst.” (Luke 17:20-22) Is there enough collective foolishness among us to believe this?
3:00 pm What Do We Need to Do Going Forward?– Moderator, Monsignor James Lang
What do we need to do going forward? What path do we need to follow as a group and what do we, as planners, have to offer? The goal of this important interactive session is to face the reality of the Church today and come away with tangible ideas for ministering to ourselves and to our parishioners.
6:00 pm Waterfront Group Dinner – Nuevo