Diocesan Certificate in Lay Ministry
2017 Skills Workshops
(All parish ministers are welcome.)
Putting the “Pastoral” in Pastoral Ministry with Fr. Paul Mullen and Fr. Joe Evanko, May 13, 9AM-3PM at Holy Family Parish, Luzerne
Half of this workshop will look at the way encounters with parishioners about everyday human life can hold opportunities for faith-filled experiences of Jesus. Fr. Mullen will explain pastoral counseling as a way to recognize the Paschal Mystery unfolding in human life and give participants an opportunity to try out this approach. The second half of the workshop acknowledges that pastoral ministers are whole persons whose sexuality is intrinsic. A mature pastoral minister needs to appreciate his/her sexuality and channel it in creative and healthy ways. Fr. Evanko will describe how to develop these attitudes as well as how to maintain appropriate boundaries in ministry.
Fr. Paul Mullen and Fr. Joseph Evanko are both priests of the Diocese of Scranton. Fr. Paul is pastor of St. Vincent Parish in Milford. He has an MA in Religious Education from the Catholic University of America. Fr. Joe is the pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Dorrance and of St. Jude Parish in Mountaintop. He has an MS in Counseling from Marywood University.
RCIA’s Witness, Community & Journey: The Model for Sacramental Preparation with Fr. Bob Simon, September 16, 9AM-3PM at St. Catherine Parish, Moscow
In The Shape of Baptism, theologian Aidan Kavanagh wrote that the importance of RCIA lies “less in its ceremonial details than in its strategic vision of the church local and universal.” RCIA sees initiation as a process of conversion and the church as a community whose members witness to one another. RCIA respects the journey of the person entering the church and provides him/her with the tools and companionship to continue the journey throughout life. In the light of Vatican II, the Church revived the rite, noting it should be normative for baptism and confirmation. Fr. Simon will unpack the principles of the RCIA as well as the process. Of equal importance, he will show how the vision of the RCIA provides a lens through which to understand all catechesis and sacramental ministry in parish life.
Fr. Bob Simon is a priest of the Diocese of Scranton and pastor of St. Catherine Parish, Moscow. He has an MA in Liturgical Studies from Notre Dame.
The Virtues of Christian Discipleship with Dr. Bernard Prusak, November 11, 9AM-3PM at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Pittston
At the end of the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples to “go…and make disciples of all the nations” (28:19). But what practices follow from what we preach? After the 2016 election, a moral theologian provocatively remarked that “Catholics too often fail to connect how they think politically with what they profess to believe religiously” (Stephen J. Pope, “Not the Time for Reconciliation”). In this workshop, Dr. Prusak will explore the formation of conscience, the virtues — the excellences of character — internal to Christian morality and the principles and implications of Catholic social teaching.
Bernard G. Prusak is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. He writes frequently for Commonweal and has written two books: Parental Obligations and Bioethics and Catholic Moral Philosophy in Practice and Theory.
For more information contact Kitty Scanlan at 570-207-2213, ext 1157, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost of registration for each workshop is $30, payable to The Diocese of Scranton.