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2013 Convention 50th Annual Convention Hyatt Regency Dallas Hosted by Region X Friday, September 13, 2013 Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

3:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Registration officially opens 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. NCDVD Executive Board Dinner 8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Welcome Reception for New Vocation Directors-All are welcome

Saturday, September 14, 2013 Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

7:30 a.m. Holy Hour with Morning Prayer - Preached Conference 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – on your own 9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Institute Day 1 12:00 p.m. Mass 12:45 p.m. Lunch 2:00 p.m. Resume Workshop 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer 6:00 p.m. Dinner 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite

Sunday, September 15, 2013 Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

7:30 a.m. Holy Hour with Morning Prayer - Preached Conference 8:30 a.m. Breakfast - on your own 9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Institute Day 2 1

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. NCDVD Executive Board Meeting 12:00 p.m. Mass of Obligation 12:45 p.m. Lunch 2:00 p.m. Resume Institute 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer 6:00 p.m. Dinner 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Executive Board & Regional Coordinator Dinner Meeting 8:30 - 11:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite

Monday, September 16, 2013 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Holy Hour with Morning Prayer - Preached Conference 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – on your own 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. NCDVD Full-Day Workshop Discerning the Will of God Presenter: Rev. Timothy Gallagher 9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Institute Day 3 12:00 p.m. Lunch 5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer 5:15 p.m. Official Opening Mass 6:15 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m. Opening Convocation 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Reception

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Listening Session: Hispanic Sub-committee All Vocation Directors Welcome 7:30 a.m. Holy Hour 8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer 9:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Proclaiming Christ to a Secular Culture Presenter: Rev. Robert Barron 10:15 a.m. NCDVD Business Meeting 2

12:30 p.m. Lunch 12:30 p.m. Hispanic Sub-Committee Lunch (Committee members only) 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Workshops 3:00 p.m. NCDVD Regional Meetings For Diocesan Vocation Personnel 5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer 5:15 p.m. Mass 6:30 p.m. NCDVD Regional Dinners off property 8:30-11:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Holy Hour 8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Workshops 11:15 a.m. Rosary 11:30 a.m. Mass 12:30 p.m. Lunch - on your own Excursions depart at various times in the afternoon 8:30-11:30 p.m. Hospitality Suite

Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Holy Hour 8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer 9:00 a.m. Keynote Address: Be Transfigured Presenter: Daniel Cardinal DiNardo 10:15 a.m. NCDVD Business Meeting 12:30 p.m. Lunch 12:30 p.m. Executive Board & Regional Coordinators Lunch 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Workshops 3

4:15 p.m. 4:45 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 9:00-Midnight

Depart for Closing Mass: Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin Guadalupe Brief History of Cathedral Evening Prayer Closing Mass Reception at Hyatt Hotel Closing Banquet Hospitality Suite

Friday, September 19, 2013

Memorial of Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gĹ?n, Priest, & Paul ChĹ?ng Ha-sang, & Companions, Martyrs

7:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.


Breakfast - on your own Mass

SATURDAY, September 14 - MONDAY, Sept. 16 Institute for Diocesan Vocation Personnel 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM


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This three-day Institute will offer an overview of the ministry of a vocation office, including the basics of organizing an office, working with constituencies, and vocation promotion. An introduction to recruiting, assessing, and mentoring candidates for priesthood will give new vocation personnel a solid foundation to beginning their ministry. Ample opportunity for questions and answers will be incorporated into the Institute.

Rev. Kevin Gallagher

Father Gallagher is currently the Pastor of Saint Denis Parish in Havertown. Previous to his assignment as Pastor, he served as Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 2010 - 2013. He also served as the Regional Coordinator of Region III. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary College Division and Theology Division. He was ordained to the Priesthood in May of 2002 by the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. He served as Parochial Vicar of Saint Denis Parish and Corpus Christi Parish. In 2010 Cardinal Justin Rigali appointed him as the Vocation Director. In May of 2013, Archbishop Charles Chaput appointed his Pastor of Saint Denis.


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Rev. Paul Hoesing

Fr. Paul Hoesing is a rural native of the Omaha Archdiocese. He attended Saint John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN and continued formation for the priesthood at the North American College. Ordained by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss in 2002, Fr. Hoesing returned to complete the licentiate in dogmatic theology at the Gregorian University in Rome and then served five years as a parochial vicar and high school chaplain/ teacher in the urban and rural areas. He has been the Director of Vocations since June 2008. In July 2010 he was able to participate in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises 30 days’ Silent Retreat at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Creighton University. He now assists as a faculty member for the Institute in the summer.

Rev. Tad Oxley

Fr. Oxley was ordained to the Priesthood on June 28, 2003 for the Diocese of Toledo. He studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and reviewed his S.T.D. in Dogmatic Summa Cum Laude in 2009. After serving as Parochial Vicar in Toledo, OH until 2005, he resided at the North American College until 2009. Fr. Oxley was appointed as Director of Sacred Liturgy at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus and now serves as Vice Rector of the School of Theology there. He is also an associate member and assistant instructor at the IPF.

Rev. Msgr. Robert Panke


After serving as Director of Priest Vocations and Formation for the Archdiocese of Washington for nine years, Msgr. Panke now serves as the Rector of the newly founded Blessed John Paul II Seminary. Msgr. Panke continues to serve as the Director of Seminarian Formation, as well as the Director of Continuing Formation for Priests. Prior to his work in vocations, he served as Parochial Vicar at St. Peter’s in Olney, MD and was the Chaplain of the Newman Center for The George Washington University.

Fr. Richter was born and raised on a dairy farm near Bismarck, ND and is the seventh child of 14. In 1990, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University. Fr. Richter received his theological seminary formation at North American College and Angelicum University in Rome and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bismarck on June 13, 1996. For the first six years of his priesthood, he served as a parochial vicar, high school teacher, and pastor. For the past eleven years, he has served as the Director of Vocations and Vicar for Deacons for the Diocese of Bismarck. Fr. Richter has served on the Personnel Board and Continuing Formation of Clergy Committee for his diocese for the past nine years. Fr. Richter is the author of two discernment booklets: Is Jesus Calling You to Be a Catholic Priest? and Lend Your Own Voice to Christ. He is presently the Rector of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck.


Rev. Msgr. Thomas Richter

Rev. Msgr. Steven Rossetti

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1973 and spent six years in the Air Force as an intelligence officer. After ordination, he served in two parishes before becoming Director of Education of the House of Affirmation. For 17 years, he served as the Executive Vice President and then the President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, a residential treatment program for clergy and religious men and women. He is author of the Paulist Press bestseller I Am Awake and TwentyThird Publications’ Fire on the Earth. He is editor of the Silver Gryphon Award-winning book Slayer of the Soul, author of A Tragic Grace, published by Liturgical Press and the Ave Maria book: When the Lion Roars: A Primer for the Unsuspecting Mystic. His book The Joy of Priesthood won a Catholic Press Association award.


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Msgr. Rossetti (cont.)

He edited Behold Your Mother: Priests Speak About Mary and Born of the Eucharist: A Spirituality for Priests. His research book on priesthood called Why Priests are Happy: A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests was released in Oct 2011. His latest book will be published Fall 2013: Letters to My Brothers: Words of Hope and Challenge for Priests. A licensed psychologist in the States of Maryland and Massachusetts, Msgr. Rossetti has a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston College and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic University. He was chair of the Maryland Psychological Association’s ethics committee. He received a Proclaim Award from the U.S. Bishops’ Conference, a Lifetime Service Award from Theological College, a Touchstone Award from the NFPC, the 2013 John Paul II leadership award from the National Catholic Education Association, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University. Msgr. Rossetti is a clinical associate professor of Pastoral Studies at the Catholic University of America (CUA). He is also a Visiting Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at CUA.



MONDAY, September 16 Full-Day Workshop Discerning the Will of God: Ignatian Wisdom at the Service of the Diocesan Vocation Director Rev. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V. 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM This seminar will explore St. Ignatius of Loyola’s answer, born of experience, to the question: How can I know God’s will in the choices I face? The seminar will focus primarily on vocational discernment and will offer teaching on how to help a young man prepare for discernment, and, especially, on how to recognize God’s answer once the discernment has begun. The seminar will explain and exemplify in practice the three patterns (“times of election”) St. Ignatius identified in the way God gives this answer.

Rev. Timothy Gallagher, O.M.V.,

was ordained in 1979 as a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual formation according to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. He obtained his doctorate in 1983 from the Gregorian University. He has taught (St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, MA; Our Lady of Grace Seminary Residence, Boston, MA), assisted in formation work for twelve years, and served two terms as provincial in his own community. He has dedicated many years to an extensive ministry of retreats, spiritual direction, and teaching about the spiritual life. Fr. Gallagher is the author of seven books (Crossroad) on the spiritual teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and a biography of the Venerable Bruno Lanteri, founder of the Oblates.


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TUESDAY, September 17 KEYNOTE ADDRESS Proclaiming Christ to a Secular Culture Rev. Robert Barron 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM John Paul II said that the New Evangelization is new in ardor, new in expression and new in method. This lecture will discuss this indispensable work of the Church.

Rev. Robert Barron

was born in Chicago in 1959. He received his Masters degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1982 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986. He served as associate pastor at St. Paul of the Cross parish in Park Ridge, Illinois from 1986-1989. From 1989-1992, he pursued doctoral studies in theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris, receiving his degree with a mention of très honorable in June of 1992. His thesis, A Study of the De Potentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich, was published by the Edwin Mellen Press in 1993. In 1996, his book, Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master, was published by Crossroad. This text was later given the Catholic Press Association First Prize in Spirituality. In September of 1998 his book, And Now I See: A Theology of Transformation was published, also by Crossroad, and in October of 2000 his book Heaven in Stone and Glass appeared. In April of 2002, his book The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path was published by Orbis Books. In October of 2004, his book Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative, Evangelical Catholic was published by Sheed and Ward. In July of 2005, he published a DVD



entitled Untold Blessings: The Three Paths of Holiness, and this was followed in 2006 by a DVD entitled Conversion and in 2007 by another called Seven Deadly Sins; Seven Lively Virtues. In June of 2007, his book The Priority of Christ: Toward a Post-liberal Catholicism was published by Brazos Press. In April of 2008, The Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ was brought out by Crossroad, and in September of 2008, Orbis published his Eucharist. In 2008, Fr. Barron was named the first holder of the Francis Cardinal George chair of Faith and Culture at University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary outside of Chicago. His numerous articles on theology and spirituality have appeared in a variety of journals. He has also given retreats, missions and workshops on various aspects of the spiritual life. On July 1, 2012, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, appointed Fr. Barron President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake and tenth rector of Mundelein Seminary.


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TUESDAY, September 17 Workshops: Session I Immigration 101 Mr. Miguel Naranjo 1:30 - 2:45 PM This session will discuss religious immigration law for international clergy and religious. It will examine common immigration law issues diocesan vocation directors may face when dealing with international religious workers serving the Catholic Church in the U.S. Topics will include the basics of religious immigration law, the R-1 religious worker (temporary) visa, permanent residence, and other practice tips and issues.

Mr. Miguel Naranjo

Mr. Naranjo is the Director of the Center for Religious Immigration and Protection of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). CLINIC is a subsidiary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Mr. Naranjo leads a group of immigration attorneys who practice exclusively in the area of religious immigration law. They represent over 170 archdioceses, dioceses, and religious communities throughout the U.S., assisting them in bringing international priests, brothers, sisters, novices, seminarians, and other religious workers into the U.S. to serve the Church. He joined CLINIC in 2006 and has been practicing immigration law since 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.



TUESDAY, September 17 Workshops: Session II The Road to Emmaus: Awakening Hearts to Christ through Discernment Groups Rev. James Crisman, Rev. Christopher Martin, & Rev. Jorge Torres 1:30 - 2:45 PM Discernment groups are a powerful way to awaken in the hearts of men an openness to and desire for the priesthood. This panel discussion will highlight the value of discernment groups and will offer practical resources for establishing groups in your diocese.

Rev. James Crisman

Fr. Crisman is a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver. He studied at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Charles Chaput in 2001. After ordination Fr. Jim served for three years as a parochial vicar in a suburban Denver parish. During that time he was also appointed chaplain for a local Catholic high school where he served for 9 years. In 2004 he was appointed administrator of an urban parish in Denver where he served one year before being assigned to work in the Office of Priestly Vocations. Fr. Jim has worked in vocations and seminary formation since 2005.


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Rev. Christopher Martin

Fr. Martin was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 2006. He spent his first five years as a parochial vicar at a parish before being named vocation director in 2011. Since 2011 Fr. Martin has been a formation advisor for Kenrick-Glennon seminary in St. Louis. In 2012 he opened and became director of the Kolbe House, a house of discernment for men who are discerning priesthood. He currently serves as a national board member for Life Teen International and as a team member for the Steubenville Youth Conferences.

Rev. Jorge Torres

Fr. Jorge was born in Mexico, raised in NY and settled in Orlando at the age of 17 years old. Fr. Jorge entered seminary at the age of eighteen and holds and undergraduate degree in philosophy from St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and a Masters in Divinity from St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL . Fr. Jorge was ordained in 2005 and served at St. Ann Catholic Church from 2005-2008. From 2008-2001 he served in his second assignment was Most Precious Blood Catholic Church while also serving as a chaplain for campus ministry at the University of Central Florida. In 2011 he became the vocation director. Since becoming director he has helped form discernment groups for young adults as well as teens in various parts of the diocese.



TUESDAY, September 17 Workshops: Session III Human Formation Benchmarks for the Diocesan Seminarian Rev. Andrew Cozzens 1:30 - 2:45 PM This workshop will discuss the essential benchmarks of the human formation of seminarians. More than just listing characteristics, the workshop will focus on how vocation directors can build a relationship with their seminarians such that the real formation needs can be discerned and growth can happen in an atmosphere of trust, all the while respecting the different fora in which the seminarian lives.

Rev. Andrew Cozzens

Fr. Andrew Cozzens was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1997. He completed his Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 2008. His dissertation on how the priest is called to be a living image of Jesus Christ the Bridegroom of the Church explored the theology of the priesthood and the evangelical counsels of obedience, chastity and poverty. Since 2006 he has been an assistant professor of sacramental theology and a formation director for seminarians at the Saint Paul Seminary. During these same years he became actively involved in the work of the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha Nebraska, where he has served as a faculty member, spiritual director and now a member of their mission advisory council.


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WEDNESDAY, September 18 Workshops: Session I Lower Your Nets for a Catch: Effective Outreach to College Students

Rev. Paul Hoesing, Rev. Greg Galvin, Rev. Burke Masters

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

The missionary fields can be found in our backyards. Millions of college students begin to question their direction in life. Many have yet to encounter the saving truth of the Gospel, much less realize God’s stable plan of love: their vocation. In this session, we will discuss best practices for reaching college students in several different settings, from public to Catholic universities. Through evangelization, catechesis, mentoring, and inviting -- what have been the most valuable experiences to offer and sustain as a diocesan vocation director? What are the strategies for engaging in relationships that can bear fruit?

Rev. Paul Hoesing


Fr. Paul Hoesing is a rural native of the Omaha Archdiocese. He attended Saint John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN and continued formation for the priesthood at the North American College. Ordained by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss in 2002, Fr. Hoesing returned to complete the licentiate in dogmatic theology at the Gregorian University in Rome and then served five years as a parochial vicar and high school chaplain/ teacher in the urban and rural areas. He has been the Director of Vocations since June 2008. In July 2010 he was able to participate in the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises 30 days’ Silent Retreat at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Creighton University. He now assists as a faculty member for the Institute in the summer.

Fr. Galvin is a native of Dover Massachusetts and was ordained for service to the Diocese of Norwich on May 28, 1994. Following Ordination Fr. Greg served for three years as parochial vicar at Saint Joseph Church in Willimantic Connecticut. Then he served for one year at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich. In the summer of 1998 he was assigned to be the chaplain at Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut, an assignment that lasted nine years. During his time at Xavier Fr. Greg taught sophomores for several years, helped in starting the varsity hockey program, was head coach for four years and during his final three years at Xavier was asked to be both administrator and then pastor of Saint Colman Church in Middlefield Connecticut. Father Greg has been director of vocation promotion and director of priestly vocations for the Diocese of Norwich since 2007 and for the last year and half has been the spiritual administrator for Saint Bridget of Kildare Church in Moodus Connecticut.


Rev. Greg Galvin

Rev. Burke Masters

Fr. Burke was born and raised in Joliet, IL. He was not raised Catholic but attended a Catholic high school in order to move closer to his dream of becoming a Major League baseball player. During high school, Fr. Burke fell in love with the Eucharist and the Catholic Church. He became Catholic his senior year in high school in 1985. He went on to play baseball at Mississippi State University, where he played in the College World Series. He later worked as an actuary and then in management for minor league baseball. He attended Mundelein Seminary from 1997-2002. He was ordained on June 1, 2002 out of Mundelein Seminary. He served four years as an associate pastor before becoming vocation director for the Diocese of Joliet in 2006.


2013 Convention Keynotes & Workshops WEDNESDAY, September 18 Workshops: Session II Show us the Father: Spiritual Fatherhood as a Means of Building a Culture of Trust and Transparency Rev. Carter Griffin 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM This workshop will consider how the priest’s call to supernatural fatherhood can foster an environment of trust and transparency in a priestly formation program. It will provide a quick overview of celibate priestly fatherhood itself before applying it to the formation of seminarians. Celebrating the sacraments, teaching, preaching, correcting, and forming can all be seen as components of a vibrant spiritual fatherhood in the context of a seminary or vocations program, building healthy relationships with men in formation that promote not only their own growth as seminarians but also prepare them to assume the joys of spiritual fatherhood themselves.

Rev. Carter Griffin


Fr. Carter Griffin is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. He converted to Catholicism while attending Princeton, and upon graduation served in the United States Navy before applying to the seminary. His seminary studies included pre-theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary followed by theology at the North American College. Fr. Griffin was ordained to the priesthood in 2004 and served as priest-secretary to the Archbishop of Washington before returning to Rome to pursue a doctorate in moral theology. His doctoral dissertation was on the topic of priestly celibacy and the spiritual fatherhood of priests. Upon his return to the Archdiocese he served as parochial vicar at St. Peter’s parish on Capitol Hill, and last July began his current assignment as the Director of Priest Vocations and the Vice-Rector of the new Blessed John Paul II Seminary.


WEDNESDAY, September 18 Workshops: Session III Rooted in Christ: Assessing Thresholds of Spiritual Maturity Rev. Mark Toups, Rev. James Rafferty 9:00 - 10:15 AM This workshop will assist vocation directors in identifying and assessing spiritual growth in candidates and seminarians and providing ways to assist in that spiritual growth.

Rev. Mark Toups

Ordained to the priesthood in 2001 for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Fr. Mark Toups received his Masters of Divinity from Notre Dame Seminary and is a college graduate of Nicholls State University. He is a native of Houma, Louisiana. Fr. Toups is currently the Director of Seminarian Formation for the Diocese of HoumaThibodaux in Houma, Louisiana and the Administrator of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He is an adjunct faculty member and spiritual director for the Institute for Priestly Formation and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.

Rev. James Rafferty

Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1994, Fr. Jim Rafferty currently serves as Director of Programs and Mission for the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Nebraska. Fr. Rafferty completed seminary studies at the Pontifical North American College and earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with specialization in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University. Subsequently he obtained a Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Alphonsian


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Fr. Rafferty (cont.)

Fr. Rafferty has served as a high school and university chaplain. He has also worked in seminary formation at the college program in the Diocese of Scranton, Saint Pius X Seminary and at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. Prior to serving in Omaha with IPF, Fr. Rafferty was Vocation Director in Scranton.



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Be Transfigured His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo was born in Steubenville, Ohio, on May 23, 1949, to Nicholas and Jane DiNardo. He is the youngest of four siblings, including his twin sister. Cardinal DiNardo was raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., and studied at St. Paul Seminary. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America; a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from Rome’s Gregorian University, which he attended from 1972 to 1975; and a license in patrology, the study of the Fathers of the Church, from the Augustinianum in Rome, which he attended from 1980 to 1981. Cardinal DiNardo was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on July 16, 1977. He was named assistant chancellor of the diocese in 1981, while also working as a part-time professor at St. Paul Seminary. In 1984, he served as a member of staff of the Congregation for Bishops at the Vatican, where he remained until December 1990. During that time he was also director of the Villa Stritch, the house for American diocesan priests who work for the Holy See. He returned to Pittsburgh in 1991. He served as assistant secretary for education for the Diocese of Pittsburgh and became the founding pastor at Sts. John and Paul Church. He was named coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, in 1997, and was ordained a bishop in


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Daniel Cardinal DiNardo (cont.)

Oct. 7, 1997. He became the ordinary of the Diocese of Sioux City in November 1998. On Jan. 16, 2004, he was named coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. With the elevation of the diocese to an archdiocese, Bishop DiNardo automatically became coadjutor archbishop. On Feb. 28, 2006, Archbishop DiNardo succeeded Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza as the ordinary of the Archdiocese of GalvestonHouston. Then on Oct. 17, 2007, Archbishop DiNardo was among those named by the Vatican to be elevated to the status of cardinal. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo was assigned the Roman parish of St. Eusebio as his titular church, of which he took possession on Feb. 20, 2008. He became the first Roman Catholic cardinal in Texas and the American South. He is eligible to participate in future papal conclaves that begin before his 80th birthday. Cardinal DiNardo’s motto is “Ave Crux Spes Unica” (taken from a Latin hymn dated to the year 609) and is translated as: “Hail, Oh Cross, Our Only Hope.” Earlier this year, Cardinal DiNardo participated in his first papal conclave in Rome and was among the 115 Cardinals who elected our Holy Father, Pope Francis.



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Workshops: Session I Assessment Case Studies: Challenges and Solutions in the Screening of Seminary Candidates Rev. Joseph O’Connor 2:00 - 3:15 PM As vocation directors we are tasked with the important role of evaluating and assessing candidates for seminary formation. The task can be daunting. This workshop will offer you practical assistance to help you fulfill this responsibility well. Rev. Joseph O’Connor

was born, raised, and ordained in the Diocese of Syracuse, NY. After bouncing around six schools in six years, he graduated from Catholic High School and went on to the Franciscan University of Steubenville for a BA in History and Theology. Afterwards, he spent a year recruiting for their Admissions Office and discerning. He entered St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore in 2000 and was ordained in 2005. In addition to his first parochial assignment, he was asked to be part of the Vocation Promotion team. In November 2007, he took over the Office of Vocation Promotion fulltime. He has worked to create programming that works in a Diocese that does not have its own seminary. He developed a successful schools program and continues to assist at the Diocesan Youth Rally and Catholic Men’s Conference, both programs he helped to initiate. He spoke at the USCCB Vocation Fair at World Youth Day in Madrid. He currently serves as secretary to the Bishop in addition to his vocation promotion work.


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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Workshops: Session II Gift and Mystery: Inspiring High School Men to See their Lives in Christ Mr. Mark Hart 2:00 - 3:15 PM Many of the young men God has called to his priesthood aren’t currently seeking you out. Countless high school students have never stopped to consider their lives in light of Christ’s. So how do you penetrate the noise and overstimulation of this screen-based culture? What approaches are proving most effective and where are adults missing Simon Peter’s boat? How do you help young men to see what God sees and to unleash the fullness of the Spirit’s power within them? Come laugh and learn with Mark Hart, he’s been trying, succeeding (and failing) for twenty years and his insights on modern teens might surprise you.

Mr. Mark Hart

Mark Hart serves as Executive Vice President for Life Teen International. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a twenty-year veteran of youth ministry, Mark is a best-selling and award-winning author (or co-author) of over a dozen books and one of the most sought-after speakers serving in the Catholic Church, today. Mark hosts his own weekly satellite radio show, “Fired Up!”, for The Catholic Channel, Sirius XM 129 and is a Research Fellow for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Additionally, his weekly audio podcast


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Mark Hart (cont.)

(Sunday, Sunday, Sunday) and HD video spots (Beyond Words) are helping youth groups, families and classrooms in over two dozen countries enter more deeply into the Sunday Mass readings. Mark’s humor and his passion for Scripture – as experienced in his DVD Bible Study Series, “T3” and “Encounter” - are helping hundreds of thousands of Catholics, young and old, begin to read and study the Bible in engaging and relevant ways.


This workshop will detail the formation of chastity support groups in a seminary setting. There will be a brief introduction of need, a section on addictions, a section on what works, and a presentation of the founding, structure and success of the groups at St. John Vianney.

Rev. John Acrea

Fr. John Acrea was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa, in June of 1962. After ordination he was assigned to teach at Dowling Catholic and continue studies at Creighton University where he earned his Master’s in Education, and then in Christian Spirituality. He served in several parishes as associate and as pastor. He was Vocation Director for his diocese for seven years. He was then assigned to be full-time spiritual director at Saint John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul. In 2010 he formed the first chastity support group and called it “The Friends of Saint Joseph”. There are six groups now at SJV. Other seminaries have adopted the FSJ model.


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Workshops: Session III Bringing Light into the Darkness: Addressing Issues of Chastity, Fraternity & Accountability Rev. John Acrea 2:00 - 3:15 PM

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