2018 RECongress Period 8

Religious Education Congress
Sunday, March 18, 2018

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8-01  The Historical Jesus    ARENA

Come and explore the daily life of Jesus! What was Jesus’ real life like in first-century Palestine? How much can we really know about his daily life as a carpenter? How did that real life affect his teaching? Fr. James Martin will introduce you to the latest discoveries about Jesus’ life in Nazareth.

James Martin, SJ

Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin is Editor at Large of the Catholic magazine, America. He is author of numerous award-winning books including, most recently, “Building a Bridge” and “Seven Last Words” in addition to “The Abbey,” “Together on Retreat,” “Between Heaven and Mirth,” “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything” and “My Life with the Saints.” Fr. Martin is a frequent speaker at national conferences, retreats and parish groups and has given presentations at the L.A. Congress for the past several years.

8-02  Traversing the Dark Woods: The Journey from Fear to Blessedness  

We live in dark and difficult times. For many people this feels like being mired in a swamp, unable to move quickly in any direction. For others, it is like a dance with death, wondering if the end is near. Whether we view our situation individually or culturally, we must learn how to rise up into a new mature religious consciousness. Perhaps the late-Middle Ages poet Dante has some helpful wisdom for us to use in these uncertain times.

Rev. Jim Clarke, PhD

Fr. Jim Clarke is Director of New Evangelization for the Los Angeles Archdiocese. He is also an Associate Spiritual Director at the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for Priests in Los Angeles and a previous Director of Spiritual Formation at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif. Fr. Clarke has over 30 years of facilitating retreats and parish missions and has presented at the SCRC Conference, the Religious Education Congress and the Regional Congresses. His work and further education has taken him to Israel, Mexico, Canada, Africa, Europe, Australia, Guam and American Samoa.

8-03  Deepening Our Appreciation of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ  

Two weeks after the Religious Education Congress ends, we will gather in our churches to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. This workshop will take us through the Resurrection narratives in the Gospels that we will hear at Mass. We will uncover the power of the symbolic language and subtle references to the earlier life of Christ found in these narratives. Hopefully, we might discover the intensity of faith found in his disciples and say proudly with them, “We have seen the Lord!”

Rev. John C. Cusick

Fr. John Cusick, a priest of the Chicago Archdio­cese, served as creator, coordinator and Director of their Young Adult Ministry from 1970-2013. He also was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. In February 2012, he received the Blessed John XXIII Award from the Association of Chicago Priests for “significant contributions to the life of the Church in Chicago.” He continues to speak at Church conferences and preach parish missions locally and nationally.

8-04  Heal, Proclaim, Then Teach: A Practical Approach to Evangelization  

“Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness” (Mt. 9:35). Inspired by the threefold ministry of Jesus Christ, participants will uncover a practical approach to evangelization: heal the wounded; proclaim the Gospel; and teach the faith. Using highly practical tools with stories of successful saints and ministries today, Jared Dees will help participants uncover ways in which they can live out the New Evangelization through the imitation of Jesus by healing, proclaiming, and teaching the communities in which they serve.

Jared Dees

Jared Dees is creator of the website The Religion Teacher, which provides resources for religious educators. He is also author of “Praying the Angelus,” “31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator” and “To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach.” With a background of teaching in Catholic schools, Dees has been a catechist for the past eight years and has offered workshops and keynote addresses at dozens of dioceses and parishes across the country.

8-05  Biblical Women Proclaim, “Rise Up!”  

Generations of biblical women have “risen to the occasion” to confront injustice, to speak truth to power, to exercise assertiveness, and to impart wisdom. Come and discover how their stories and choices can be transformative for today.

Carol J. Dempsey, OP, PhD

Dominican Sister Carol Dempsey is Professor of Theology (Biblical Studies) at the University of Portland in Oregon, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate students. The renowned lecturer and scholar both nationally and internationally is author of eight books and editor of 11, and has published numerous articles and papers. Sr. Dempsey’s latest works include “The Bible and Literature” and “Amos, Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk: A Commentary.’’

8-06  Rise Up, You Tribes of the Church!  

The current divisions in cultures and politics have been compared to a new “tribalism.” Sometimes these tensions are felt in our schools, parishes and dioceses. If God could gather the 12 tribes of Israel into a unified Chosen People, why not us in our time? Together, we will draw inspiration from Bible history and the recent gatherings of “Church tribes” at the Tekawitha Conference, Black Catholic Congress, Encuentro and the Eucharistic Congresses of Deaf, Asian-Pacific, Caribbean, African Catholics and others. Bring your experiences and share what the Holy Spirit is doing in our Church.

Msgr. Raymond G. East

The grandson of Baptist missionaries to South Africa, Msgr. Ray East was born in Newark, N.J., raised in San Diego, Calif., and is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., where he served in six local parishes before being named Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Church. He is former Director of the Office of Black Catholics and Vicar for Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Msgr. East is a regular speaker at the Los Angeles Congress and continues to present workshops, facilitations and keynote addresses at major national events.

8-07  Weary and Waiting: Nurturing Hope During Transitions  

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where it is hard to hold onto hope? At times life’s journey feels like stepping out into total darkness. Anyone who has faced a time of serious transition knows how this can feel. Hope is the candle of faith that scatters the darkness and sees us through the Paschal Mystery. Becky Eldredge, an Ignatian-trained spiritual director and retreat leader, shows you how to nurture hope, to explore your deepest desires when the way forward seems unclear so that you can find the path you were meant to follow and become the person you were created to be.

Becky Eldredge

Becky Eldredge is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator and author of the book, “Busy Lives & Restless Souls.” With two decades of ministry experience, she has led young adult retreats, parish missions, Ignatian retreats, and days of reflection for adults. Eldredge has presented at the Spiritual Director’s International Conference, the Ignatian Spirituality Conference, and has appeared as a panelist at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Convocation of Catholic Leaders.

8-08 Rise Up! Re-thinking Parish Bereavement Ministry for the Future  

In our death-denying society, people are increasingly planning a “celebration of life” instead of a funeral or doing away with rituals altogether. Afterward, many mourners feel abandoned and alone as they struggle with their grief. How can our parishes do a better job of supporting our families through the experience of death? Learn the essential elements to implement from the Order of Christian Funerals with ways to explain the various rites to families. Learn an integrated model for how your parish bereavement ministry can serve and comfort people in the long term. Find out how to not only comfort those who mourn, but touch hearts and change lives.

Amy Florian

Amy Florian is a liturgy and bereavement consultant and CEO of Corgenius Inc., a company that teaches professionals how to support clients in transition and loss. She has 30 years of parish and conference experience, taught in the graduate ministry department of Loyola University Chicago for 10 years, and authored over 100 articles and four books. Florian travels the country presenting workshops, training sessions and retreats.

8-09  Imagine That! Praying with the Imagination  

Albert Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. This is so true when it comes to prayer! Anne Frawley-Mangan will take you on a creative journey through a variety of prayer styles that engage the imagination. You will learn a variety of ways of praying to share in your school and religious education programs.

Anne Frawley-Mangan

Based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Anne Frawley-Mangan is an experienced educator, presenter, writer and artist, who specializes in using the Arts (particularly drama) to enhance religious education and liturgy. She presents workshops and keynotes internationally and nationally as well as World Youth Days in the diocese. Frawley-Mangan teaches at Holy Spirit Seminary and at Australian Catholic University and is Creative Director of Litmus Productions, which produced “Good News: Dramas from Luke’s Gospel.”

8-10  Multicultural Halos: Saints and Everyday Holiness  

Me, a saint? Hardly! Yet, in this session, we will look at the lives of three saints who affirm the holiness of our own experiences. They, as we will one day, have exchanged their crosses, challenges and longings for a crown of glory. Come, hear what they can teach us and leave feeling encouraged!

Sr. Bridget Haase, OSU

Ursuline Sr. Bridget Haase, a former missionary to Africa, Appalachia and Mexico, is a national speaker and author of three books, a contributor to the Catholic devotional “Living Faith,” a radio co-host and frequent guest on the Relevant Radio Network. Sr. Haase leads parish missions, retreats and days of prayer across the United States and is recipient of several honors. She also ministers as “Sister Storyteller” to 3- and 4-year-old children.

8-11  Saints-in-the-Making: Storytelling for a New Generation of Evangelists  

How can we inspire our children and teens to not only know and love their Catholic faith, but to share it with others? In this session, we’ll examine how to educate and inspire today’s “wired” generation to look to the saints as role models for the courage and mission-mindedness to rise up and boldly encounter a world greatly in need of their gifts. Looking at saints who made a difference, this session will empower us and the families we serve to identify and be empowered by our spiritual gifts to serve our Church, our communities and our world.

Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa Hendey is founder and Editor of CatholicMom.com, Editor at Large for Ave Maria Press, and best-selling author of “The Grace of Yes” and “Chime Travelers.” She is a frequent radio and television correspondent and speaks internationally. Hendey has traveled worldwide with Catholic Relief Services and Unbound, sharing the work of these non-profit agencies. Her most recent book is entitled, “The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living.”

8-12  Engaging the “Nones”: Evangelization of the Inactive and Disaffected  

The fastest growing religious groups in the United States are the unaffiliated: the “nones” who do not connect with any faith community, closely followed by inactive and disaffected Catholics who have detached from the practice of the faith. But hope is not lost. There are creative and compassionate ways to engage these men and women, many of them in the Millennial Generation. This session will give insights and tools for Catholics looking to reconnect the disconnected, using key learnings from the work of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the upcoming synod on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.”

Paul Jarzembowski

Paul Jarzembowski is Assistant Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and is the National Coordinator for World Youth Day for the United States. He previously served as Executive Director of the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association. Jarzembowski has consulted with and given presentations to over 250 dioceses, parishes and Catholic organizations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and at the Vatican.

8-13  Transforming Parishes into Communities of Disciples  

Midway through his seminary training, Fr. Satish Joseph came to new realizations about discipleship. As he often says, “My primary calling is not to the priesthood, but to be a disciple. My priesthood is an expression of my discipleship.” Using his pastoral experience at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Ohio, Fr. Joseph will share insights for taking the individual call to discipleship and forming communities of disciples. Over the year, under his pastorship, the parish has developed a new consciousness of being a community of disciples. In this session, Fr. Joseph will share step-by-step strategies for transforming parishes into communities of disciples.

Fr. Satish Antony Joseph

Ordained in India, Fr. Satish Joseph has served the Cincinnati Archdiocese for over 16 years. He serves as Pastor at both Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and at St. Helen in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, Fr. Joseph organizes parish retreats and parish missions, facilitates retreats for archdiocesan staff, and leads professional development days for Catholic school staff. He is also founder of Ite Missa Est Ministries, which offers adult faith-formation programs.

8-14  Children of the Light: Pre-catechumenate Period with Children  

Working with children in search of a relationship with Christ and the Church is challenging. When given the time for trust to develop, to form bonds within a community, to have a sense of God’s presence in their lives and be supported by family and members of the parish, the children begin to have an awareness of faith. The period of the Pre-catechumenate offers children a foundation to be built upon as they move into the next periods of the process. It is important that we offer the Rite of Christian Initiation process within God’s time and not our own.

Blessie La Scola

Blessie La Scola has been active in the areas of catechesis, sacramental preparation and faith formation. She served as Master Cate­chist for the Diocese of San Jose for over 25 years and has been on staff for 23 years at Holy Family Parish in San Jose, Calif. She offers training and in-services and has mentored lay leaders in implementing or developing the RCIA process in their parish. She is author of several titles, including “RCIA and You” and “Children of the Light: Pre-catechumenate Sessions for Children and Families.”

8-15  Liturgical Flow: Understanding the Key to Excellent Liturgy  

If your Sunday liturgy is good, but you want it to be great, you may need better liturgical and musical flow. It’s a concept difficult to define yet simple to implement once you know what to look for. Learn how to spot the obstacles and unblock your way to excellent liturgy that fully engages the assembly in word, music and action.

Diana Macalintal

Diana Macalintal is a presenter and speaker, and co-founder of Team RCIA. She has been keynote at several gatherings, including the Mid-Atlantic Congress and the Collegeville Conference on Music, Liturgy and the Arts, in addition to her appearances at the L.A. Congress as prayer leader. A former Director of Worship for the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., Macalintal is author of several publications including “Your Parish IS the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community” and the liturgical year resource, “Living Liturgy.”

8-16  The Word in Song: Singing Scripture with Children  

The addition of music brings another dimension to understanding and connecting with words. Singing the words of Scripture is a powerful way for children to come to know, love and remember key biblical texts and the core fundamentals of Christian life. Come along ready to sing and explore the Psalms and the words and teachings of Jesus through a range of Australian Michael Mangan’s vibrant, contemporary music.

Michael Mangan

Michael Mangan is a composer, teacher and music liturgist from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The former elementary school Music Specialist Teacher has over 250 compositions that are used in parishes and schools throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Mangan is President of the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network, a member of the Australian Academy of Liturgy, and Music Director at All Saints Catholic Parish in Brisbane. His latest music collection is entitled “Let the Children Come.”

8-17  Prophets & Prophecy: Prod to Conscience  

The prophets of the Hebrew Bible – from Elijah to Malachi – seek to move us to ethical behavior, demanding that we treat each other and the most vulnerable in our society with kindness and compassion. We will explore those prophetic messages and see how they are relevant today.

Rabbi Michael Mayersohn

Rabbi Michael Mayersohn is a Reform Rabbi who teaches the Bible, both Hebrew and New Testament, offering Jewish insights into Sacred Scriptures. Rabbi Mayersohn has spoken and taught as a rabbi, and from 2003 until the present, has spoken at over 20 churches in Orange County, San Diego and Arizona teaching Jewish roots of Christianity and Bible studies. He has presented at the Religious Education Congress since 2010. His latest book is entitled, “I Was There: The Jewish Olive Grower Who Knew Jesus.”

8-18  Pray Out Loud! Stand and Lead! Inspiring a Zeal for Mission in Young People  

Young people are the hope of mission! They demonstrate marked concern about the state of the world and are hungry for meaningful change. In this session, we will explore essential strategies for tapping into the missionary zeal of today’s youth. Learn how to inspire a creative leadership in young people to serve and act justly, with great love, to help change our world for the good of all. Discover two new programs from Catholic Relief Services – Pray Out Loud and Stand and Lead – aimed at helping young people understand the global mission of our Church and mobilize their peers for the common good.

Ted Miles

Baltimore native Ted Miles’ Jesuit influence led to a two-year position in Belize and Guatemala with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. For nearly 30 years since then, he has served in parish ministry, Catholic high school education and archdiocesan leadership development. Miles served for over 12 years at Catholic Relief Services coordinating their youth and religious education outreach. He is now Executive Director for Maryknoll Lay Missioners in New York.

Sergio Lopez

Musician and speaker, Sergio Lopez is a former youth minister and worship leader from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. He has presented at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and Regional Congresses as well as at the Fresno Diocesan Youth Day, the Christian Leadership Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif., and the Center for Ministry and Development in Buffalo, N.Y. He has worked for Catholic Relief Services since 2014 as a Relationship Manager and is based in Simi Valley, Calif.

8-19  Finding Faith in Scorsese’s “Silence”  

In this interactive workshop, we will use a framework of deep viewing to explore the themes of beauty, truth and goodness in Martin Scorsese’s 2016 cinematic masterpiece, “Silence.” The issues of inculturation/interculturation, mission, vocation, evangelization, colonization, freedom (vis-à-vis coercion) and the moral and ethical dilemmas of the key characters will be considered using clips from the film.

Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP

Sr. Rose Pacatte, a Daughter of St. Paul, is an author, a film and television critic, and an online facilitator for the University of Dayton’s cate­chetical Virtual Learning Community. She currently serves as Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, Calif. Sr. Pacatte’s latest book is entitled “Corita Kent: Gentle Revolutionary of the Heart.” Recently, she traveled to the Vicariate of Southern Arabia as keynote speaker and seminar presenter sessions in Muscat, Oman, and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Fr. Ron Schmidt, SJ

Jesuit priest Fr. Ron Schmidt is an award-winning international documentary filmmaker whose films include “The Labyrinth,” “Franz Jaegerstaetter: A Man of Conscience,” “On the Line” and “In Spite of Darkness: A Spiritual Encounter with Auschwitz.” He presents Ignatian retreats and film seminars and several years ago co-founded the Religious Education Congress Film Showcase. Fr. Schmidt currently serves as Assisting Priest at both Holy Family Parish in South Pasadena and at St. Francis de Sales in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

8-20  How to Become a Saint in Five Easy Steps  

In a culture of instant results and doing less to gain more, it is easy to let our faith fall into that trap. Growing in holiness is not a five-step process – it is a relationship. Growing in holiness is rooted in love and enriched though prayer. In this session, we will explore together keys to enriching our faith and sharing it with our family.

Bob Perron

Bob Perron is Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va. For over a decade he has presented his stand-up and storytelling at over 100 parishes and dioceses across the United States and Canada. Perron has been a frequent presenter at the National Catholic Youth Conference, the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry, and at Youth Day. His most recent book is entitled “Lessons Learned From a God-Sized Family: In a Me-Sized World.”

8-21  Excellence in Ministry: Best Practices for Successful Catechetical Leadership  

Modern parish catechetical leadership is filled with many joys and many challenges. In 2017, Tom Quinlan was asked to “write the book” on what effective catechetical leadership looks like today. A diocesan director and former parish Director of Religious Education, he brings experience and insights to explore best practices (in areas including marketing, administration, planning, and cate­chist and parent formation) to thrive in this privileged ministry role. This session will emphasize evangelization and missionary discipleship (in the spirit of Pope Francis). Come with your real-life questions! Open to current and aspiring parish leaders.

Tom Quinlan

A long-time diocesan Catechetical Director for the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., Tom Quinlan has extensive experience presenting at the parish, dio­cesan and national levels, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Los Angeles. He has served on boards of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and for Paulist Evangelization Ministries. Quinlan has led many webinars for Paulist Evangelization Ministries, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Sadlier and has appeared in several publications.

8-22  The Kerygma Enigma-Transformational Ministry  

We are rediscovering the role of the kerygma (from the Greek, meaning preaching) in our ministry efforts. Without the proclamation of the kerygma, our evangelization and discipleship efforts will not be fruitful for it is the kerygma that awakens the missionary disciple. But what is the kerygma and how does it transform us from being consumers of faith to being active disciples who engage in mission? In this workshop, participants will experience the kerygma through Scripture, reflection, music and imagery and leave with practical materials on how to apply the kerygma in their life and in their ministry.

Julianne Stanz

Julianne Stanz is Director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., and is a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization. Born in Ireland, Stanz is a nationally known speaker, retreat leader and storyteller. She has extensive workshop, retreat and presentation experience both locally and nationally and is author of several articles and books, including the upcoming title, “Understanding the Critical Relationship between Catechesis and Evangelization.”

8-23  Rise Up, Broken People! A Revolution of Tenderness  

In his encyclicals, Pope Francis writes about the frailties and fragility of people. He wants the Church to be careful with people. In his teachings, he has described what some people have called a “revolution of tenderness.” In this workshop, we will consider how two principles – accompaniment and discernment – can help us to be tender in our dealings with people. In this way, we can engage with the “wonderfully complicated” situations we confront. Through the pursuit of tenderness, we will reconsider how we can help to revive our ministries and restore the dignity of young and old alike, and together, to gently heal a fragile world.

David Wells

David Wells began his career as a teacher before becoming a research assistant for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. His latest position is as Project Manager for School Evangelization. The catechist and author has travelled the world, speaking at more than 350 conferences in Europe, North America and Australia. Wells guest lectures at three English universities, and in 2015 was MC for the Bishops’ Conference national gathering in England and Wales. He is author of two books.

8-24  WE are Always in Need of Reform: The Western Church in the 14th Century  

In this workshop, we will take a look at a most chaotic and desperate period of the life in the Western Church: violence, corruption and greed from top to bottom mark the long days of the 14th century. In an age of war, climate change and disease, women and men respond with hard work and prayer and sacrifice to lead the Church out of the pit. We will review the papacy in France, the Western Schism, the saints and the scholars.

Fr. Thomas C. Weston, SJ

Fr. Tom Weston has been working with alcoholics and addicts since 1976. The Jesuit priest is a leader of retreats for people in recovery from addiction and serves as Superior of the Jesuit Community of Oakland, Calif. Fr. Weston has spoken at conferences for over 30 years. His world travels served him in past rolls as an English teacher to young adults and teachers in the People’s Republic of China. Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar; as Director of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps; and as history teacher at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

8-25  Finding Courage to Embrace the New Evangelization  

In order to reach people we aren’t currently reaching, we need to do things we aren’t currently doing. Sharing new ideas and trying something new always comes with fear. If we do not deal with fear, it can keep us from the good work God wants us to do. In this workshop, we will look at five key ways to overcome the fears that are a part of doing ministry in the Church.

Fr. Michael White

Fr. Michael White previously served as Priest-Secretary to Baltimore Cardinal William Keeler and as Vice-Chancellor for the Baltimore Archdiocese. He is presently Pastor at the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Md., where during his tenure as pastor, weekend attendance tripled from 1,400 to over 4,000! Fr. White is co-author with Tom Corcoran of the recent publication, “Rebuilt,” along with a companion field guide, which narrates that parish story.

Tom Corcoran

Tom Corcoran has served the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Md., in a variety of roles. As Associate to the Pastor he is responsible for weekend message development, strategic planning and staff development. He does small group videos for members of his parish and occasionally speaks to the weekend congregation of his parish. Corcoran was co-author “Rebuilt” and has made presentations at regional conferences in the dioceses of Baltimore, Md.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Milwaukee.

8-26  Finding Courage – A Way for Catholics with Same-Sex Attractions  

Come and learn how Courage, the international apostolate, was created to help Catholics with same-sex attractions by creating a group that weaves spirituality and fellowship that follows the 12 Step Programs for Recovery. This session will cover the basic components of Courage and some of Fr. Ed Benioff’s pastoral experience as Director of the Los Angeles Courage Chapter.

Fr. Edward Benioff

Fr. Ed Benioff, a Los Angeles native, didn’t enter the priesthood until his late 30s, after a previous career as a teacher. Since his ordination, he has served the Los Angeles Archdiocese at Holy Trinity Church in San Pedro and as Chaplain at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance. Fr. Benioff most recently left the position as Director of the Office of New Evangelization for the Los Angeles Archdiocese to become Pastor at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, Calif.

8-70  Viên Ngọc Trai 

Một hạt cát lọt vào trong con sò sẽ gây ra một vết thương. Con sò phải chịu đau đớn và mất một thời gian dài, dùng chất xà cừ trong chính mình nó bao bọc lấy hạt cát, biến hạt cát thành viên ngọc quý. Lớn lên trong một xã hội đa văn hoá, con cái chúng ta – những người trẻ Mỹ gốc Việt – có thể gây đau khổ cho chúng ta. Việc hàn gắn vết thương này cần có sự gắng công và thời gian lâu dài, từ đó có thể đưa đến một kết quả tuyệt vời.

     The Pearl  

When a hard grain of sand cuts into the soft tissues of an oyster, the oyster spends a long time building layer upon layer of nacre to deal with the harsh intruder, resulting in a precious pearl. Growing up in multiple cultures, our children – young Vietnamese Americans – can leave us feeling hurt. Healing this wound requires much work and much time, and may produce a precious result. We will discuss the steps of this pearl-making, including the excruciating patience it requires.

Tiến Sĩ Quyên Di

Trước 1975, Giáo-sư Quyên-Di là Phụ-tá Giám-đốc Ban Tu-Thư, viện Đại-học Đà-Lạt. Hiện nay ông huấn-luyện giáo-chức dạy tiếng Việt trên toàn thế-giới. Phục-vụ trong Uỷ-Ban Giáo-Lý Việt-Nam tại Hoa-Kỳ gần 30 năm nay. Ông dạy ngôn-ngữ, văn-chương và văn-hoá Việt-Nam tại UCLA và CSULB; dạy sư-phạm tại CSUF. Là giáo-sư thỉnh-giảng tại trường thần-học Oblate School of Theology. Ông cũng là linh-hướng và cố-vấn về gia-đình.

Prof. Quyen-Di

Prior to 1975, Professor Quyen-Di served as Assistant Director for the Board of Textbook and Curriculum Preparation at Dalat University, Vietnam. He now trains Vietnamese-language teachers around the world, and has served on the Vietnamese American Catechetical Conference for nearly 30 years. He teaches Vietnamese language at the University of California, Los Angeles and at California State University, Long Beach. He is a visiting professor at Oblate School of Theology. He is a trained spiritual director and family counselor.