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Catholic Convocation 2010 to Highlight the Sacred Liturgy

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Catholics seeking inspiration, motivation and ongoing faith formation will find it all at this year’s annual Catholic Convocation, Saturday, October 16, at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh. The Convocation is titled “The Sacred Liturgy: Proclaiming, Celebrating and Witnessing to the Mystery of Christ.”

“The Convocation will provide the Diocesan faithful with an excellent introduction to the new English version of the Roman Missal that will be implemented the first Sunday of Advent 2011,” said Mr. Gerard Hall, Diocesan Director of Worship. “The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, one of our keynoters, will provide insights into the revision process and how that revision of the new Missal will now shape the liturgical prayer of the Mass.” Mr. Hall added, “As the Diocese of Raleigh prepares for the implementation of the new Missal, the October Convocation will help prepare and form the faithful so that they will have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Sacred Liturgy.”

While highlighting the Liturgy, this educational and inspirational event will also feature dozens of sessions to deepen understanding of the faith, improve outreach and ministry in the parish and provide encouragement for all the faithful.

The Convocation features two special tracks, or series of sessions, for Youth and Youth Ministers and Music Ministry, and five special sessions in Spanish. The day begins with registration and hospitality, followed by the Opening Prayer and the Keynote Addresses. The workshops and presentations continue throughout the day, and lunch is included. The day concludes with Mass, celebrated by the Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, will be the principal concelebrant and homilist.

Keynote Speakers

The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Atlanta, will deliver the Keynote address in English.

Sister Doris Turek, S.S.N.D., will deliver the Keynote address in Spanish. Sister is on the staff of the Secretariat for the Liturgy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002.

Dr. Johan van Parys, Director, Liturgy and the Sacred Arts at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, MN, will look at how the way we create and decorate a church building can truly provide sacred space for liturgy.

Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations, Catholic Relief Services will discuss opportunities we all have to help those in need all over the world.

Reverend Msgr. Ray East, Executive Director, Office of Black Catholics, Archdiocese of Washington, DC, will show how liturgy speaks to the heart of who we are as a people.

Dr. Fanny Cepeda Pedraza, National Consultant for Hispanic Catechesis with RCL Benziger Publishing, will conduct sessions in Spanish on ways to involve families in faith formation.

Presentations and workshops include:

Dr. Paul Griffiths, Warren Chair of Catholic Theology, Duke University, will address what it means to think about liturgical language in that way and will suggest ways in which we might nurture our capacity to return God's words of love.

Rev. Dan McLellan, O.F.M., Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Durham, will explain how our celebration of the Eucharist calls us to be Christ to the world.

Sr. Laura Downing, I.H.M., Religion Teacher, Cardinal Gibbons High School; Sr. Marcia L. Hall, O.S.P., Vocation Director, Oblate Sisters of Providence; Rev. Bernard E. (Fr. Ned) Shlesinger, III, Vocation Director and Director of Seminarian Formation, Diocese of Raleigh, will discuss their vocation stories.

Rev. Msgr. Tim O'Connor, Pastor, St. Michael the Archangel, Cary, will describe the special meaning the words and actions of the Mass contain from the entrance procession to the final blessing.

Mr. Richard & Mrs. Allison Dooley, Diocesan Marriage Prep Team, will share their compelling story of how opening their hearts to God transformed their entire lives and brought new gifts to their marriage.

Pamela Manz Elsey, Southeast Representative, RCL Benziger Publishing, will discuss how to more effectively incorporate devotional practices and sacramentals into prayer with children during faith formation sessions and at home

Mr. Andrew Casad, Director of Liturgy and Catechumenate, St. Thomas More, Chapel Hill, will address the development of the Roman Missal from an historical standpoint before turning to concrete ways to prepare for the implementation of the forthcoming third edition of the Roman Missal.

Rev. John G. Durbin, STL, Pastor, St. Thomas More, Chapel Hill, will investigate the roles of conversion and prayer in deepening our faith lives.

Ms. Sandra Malkovsky, Secular Carmelites; Ms. Barbara Pegg, Lay Dominicans; and Ms. Paula Zanker, Third Order Franciscans, will explain how Lay people are invited to live a "religious" life by describing three different expressions of living a "third order" commitment in the Church today.

The registration deadline for the Catholic Convocation is September 30th. For a complete listing of speakers and workshops, and to download the registration brochure, visit the Catholic Convocation page of this site. To receive a registration brochure by mail, call 919.645.4447.