Growing the faith of our Church
From the Faith in Our Future Blog of Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang
August presents a number of opportunities for the lay men and women of the Parramatta Diocese to hear about the best practices taking place in parish ministry, to experience meaningful formation which connects life and faith, and to learn and discuss the ways in which social media is shaping the contemporary mission of the Church. We want our blog readers to have the opportunity to take part in these events and be ‘fed’ and nourished as key leaders in the Church’s mission.
First of all, a series of formative opportunities are being offered by the Institute for Mission, the adult formation centre in our Diocese. The new series #Life_Faith consist of three themes explored over three nights, and the series is offered at three different sites around our Diocese, bringing formation closer to the lives of our people.
Also, taking place in August is the Proclaim Conference 2014. As many as 500 church leaders, parish staff and volunteers, youth groups, RE teachers, priests, religious and lay men and women have registered to attend and it is not too late to be a part of it.
The keynote presenters at the conference are Fr Michael White and Tom Corcoran, co-authors of the book Rebuilt, which tells the story of their efforts to renew the declining parish they inherited and which they ultimately transformed into a thriving community of disciples.
In the days prior to the Proclaim Conference, you can also attend the Catholic Digital Media Conference (CDMC), also being held in Chatswood. The conference will explore the ways in which social media is being engaged by the Church to proclaim the Gospel.
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