2020 RECongress Period 3
Religious Education Congress
Friday, February 21, 2020
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3-01 START WITH JESUS: WE THE MISSIONARY PEOPLE! ARENA
Becoming a vibrant parish is the result of small, intentional steps initiated by parish leadership but also accepted by each disciple personally. If our people are renewed, our parishes will be renewed. “We the people” are the ones who will renew our parishes but only if we have been renewed by the Lord Jesus Christ who wants disciples not merely admirers. In this unique presentation filled with joy, humor and practical insights, five popular RECongress speakers will set forth a vision for reaching people and practical ways by which we can become a community of missionary disciples that set the world on fire.
Elsy Arevalo, MA
Elsy Arevalo currently serves as Assistant Director for Program Development and Community Outreach in the Center for Religion and Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In her work with the Latino community, she founded and oversees a three-year Spiritual Direction program led in Spanish. Arevalo has also served in key leadership positions in the non-profit sector and serves as a presenter at nationwide forums and conferences.
Dr. Ansel Augustine
Dr. Ansel Augustine has worked for over 20 years in his hometown of New Orleans, and around the country in the fields of youth, young adult and black Catholic ministry. He is on the faculty of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana and is former Director of the Office Black Catholics Ministry for the New Orleans Archdiocese. Dr. Augustine has presented at various national conferences and has written numerous publications related to ministry.
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 youth and young adult retreats, parish missions, Ignatian retreats and days of reflection. Eldredge has presented at the Spiritual Director’s International Conference, the Ignatian Spirituality Conference, and has appeared as a panelist at the U.S. bishops’ Convocation of Catholic Leaders.
Joe Paprocki, DMin
Based just outside of Chicago, Joe Paprocki is the National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has nearly four decades of experience in pastoral ministry and has presented in over 150 dioceses in North America. Paprocki is author of numerous books, including his most recent, “Living the Sacraments: Finding God at the Intersection of Heaven and Earth.” He blogs about the catechetical ministry at catechistsjourney.com.
Julianne Stanz is Director of Discipleship and Leadership Development for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., and a consultant to the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Catechesis and Evangelization. Born in Ireland, Stanz is a nationally known speaker, retreat leader and storyteller. She has extensive workshop and presentation experience and is author of several articles and books, including her latest, “Start with Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew The Church.”
Asian-Pacific Islanders are now the fastest growing minority population in the United States. The recently approved U.S. bishops’ pastoral, “Encountering Christ in Harmony,” helps guide our Church in addressing the pastoral needs of these communities. These two workshops (Sessions 3-02 & 7-02) and our Saturday liturgy are intended to encourage collaborative reflection and action, offer a model of how to better minister toward and alongside our Asian and Pacific sisters and brothers, and provide skill-building opportunities for parish leaders, with a goal of building faith-filled communities.
3-02 Encountering Christ in Harmony: Celebrating the New U.S. Bishops’
There is cause for rejoicing: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently issued a new pastoral response, “Encountering Christ in Harmony,” which weaves together the rich tapestry of Asian-Pacific Islander communities, cultures and faith practices. Join us for a dynamic overview full of pastoral suggestions, as we celebrate this important moment in U.S. Catholic history.
Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP, PhD
In addition to his liturgical compositions, Fr. Ricky Manalo has written numerous articles and books. The Paulist priest currently teaches in California at Santa Clara University and at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Fr. Manalo is also Director of the Cultural Orientation Program for International Ministers/Priests at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and serves as an advisor to the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and also the Secretariat on Divine Worship.
Most Rev. Oscar Solis
When Philippine-born Bishop Oscar Solis was ordained an auxiliary for the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 2004, he became the first Filipino-American bishop, and served as Episcopal Vicar of San Pedro Pastoral Region. In 2017, he was named to become the 10th bishop of Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. Bishop Solis is a member of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and Chair of the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs.
3-03 Flipped Catechesis: What Every Catechist Needs to Know
Flipping the classroom is an educational approach that reverses the traditional methodology to education. In this way the students become familiar with lesson content at home before the lesson begins and you may review responses and adapt session content, making more of session time. Come and learn how to flip catechesis in three steps: create a flipped lesson; send it out; review the responses prior to your next lesson. Bring your device!
Based in Georgia, Steve Botsford is Senior Director of Digital Catechesis for Sadlier Publishing. He has served over 10 years in parish ministry as a youth minister and director of religious education and is a master catechist in the Atlanta Archdiocese. Botsford was part of the Digital Disciples Network committee, which developed the Digital Disciple Technology Competencies for Ministry. He blogs about catechesis and technology at transformingcatechesis.com and contributes to Sadlier’s text series, “We Believe” and “Share.”
3-04 Firm in the Faith: Music for Catechesis with Children and Families
Music has the ability to enrich learning, celebration and the understanding of our faith. In this workshop, composer and educator John Burland will share a variety of songs suitable for children and families at the elementary level. Each song builds knowledge and reinforces the teachings of our Church. These catechetical songs will cover several themes, including Scripture, doctrine and sacraments. John will also show how the addition of prayerful gesture/movement can further enhance the teaching and learning process. Come join us as we stand firm in the faith and celebrate the gift of our Church.
John Burland is an educator and composer who has been recording religious music for children and adults. He is a keynote speaker, workshop leader and published author in the area of music and catechesis. For the past 20 years Burland has been working in Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia. He is currently the Education Officer: Liturgy/Music for Sydney Catholic Schools, where he conducts workshops and faith celebrations. He is also a National Music Consultant for Bayard, Inc. in North America.
3-05 How to Bring Healing to Your Parish Staff or Ministry Group
At times, parish staff members, who are supposed to be the leaders of the community, are wounded by life’s difficulties and carry those wounds with them even as they try to lead. This workshop will explore practical steps to bring your parish staff closer together to be the example they should be to the entire parish at large. Craig Colson has over 25 years of experience working on parish staffs and has had multiple experiences with different dynamics among the staff. He will share that expertise with you in a way that motivates, inspires and provides insights you will be able to use from the moment you return to your community after RECongress.
Craig Colson has been a music and liturgy director in the Phoenix area since 1993 and has served the Phoenix Diocese at many diocesan events. He is former Liturgy Liaison for Life Teen International and still provides music suggestions for the Life Teen liturgy planning guides. Colson has been a presenter at national conferences and several diocesan conventions and Youth Days around the country. His latest works include the collection “Higher Praise” as well as a collection of psalm responses titled “Psalms for the Church.”
3-06 Lord, Have Mercy on Us, We Are Married!
Some say marriage is no longer relevant. After all, aren’t fewer people getting married in the Catholic Church? We beg to differ. This workshop highlights the beauty and power in the words exchanged at the altar through a theological and pastoral approach. We will also review the stages of marriage to help both happily married and struggling couples face the normal challenges of life. Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera will present the fresh perspective of a missionary who works with thriving married couples and experiences the painful reality of failed marriages. This session is intended for those married, divorced, seeking to get married or who work with married couples.
Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera, VDMF, JCL
Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera’s fascination for evangelization began in 1993 when she was introduced to the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. As a missionary, she regularly offers retreats and workshops in various dioceses in the United States. She holds a Licentiate in Canon Law and serves the Diocese of Sacramento as a Diocesan Tribunal Judge. Through her work in the marriage nullity process, Sr. Felix-Rivera discovered the need to develop workshops on marriage.
3-07 Learning from Generations of LGBTQ Catholics
This workshop will explore evolving attitudes toward LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) Catholics and implications for the future Church. What can we learn from the Church’s leadership during the HIV/AIDS crisis from the 1980s? Why are some LGBTQ Catholics the most loyal apologists while others move to other denominations? Is the Church listening to the voices of LGBTQ and other youth? Is the Church serving LGBTQ Hispanic/Latinx people? This workshop will highlight tenets of successful pastoral ministry in order to learn how we might continue building the Church with LGBTQ Catholics.
Arthur Fitzmaurice, PhD, MTS
Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice is a freelance speaker and minister who currently resides in Uganda, in East Africa. He has served 14 years as Chair of the Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons for the Los Angeles Archdiocese and has received their Lumen Christi and the Cardinal’s Young Adult awards. Dr. Fitzmaurice has spoken at various professional and religious conferences. He also appears on several YouTube episodes produced by the Ignatian News Network.
Fr. Chris Ponnet
Los Angeles-native Fr. Chris Ponnet serves as Director for the Office of Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry in the Los Angeles Archdiocese and as the archbishop’s Spiritual Director for Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons. Since 1994, Fr. Ponnet has also served as Pastor and Chaplain at St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care in Los Angeles. He has spoken for many years at the RECongress and regional congresses in addition to other local and national gatherings.
Yunuen Trujillo is a lecturer and lay minister with a specialty in social justice ministry, social doctrine of the church, immigration, sanctuary movement, religious freedom and inclusive LGBTQ ministry. As part of the Archdiocesan Young Adult Ministry in Spanish, she has been regional coordinator responsible for formation programs. Currently, Trujillo is part of the Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons and recently obtained her Juris Doctor (law) degree.
3-08 Girl Power! Equipping Girls for Leadership
There is a rumble, a stirring in the Catholic Church. And it’s getting louder. We want women in leadership roles! Religious education classrooms have a vital role in ensuring that our girls grow into women who lead. This workshop will ask questions. Name the elephants in the room. Look for answers. Most of all it will encourage, inspire and equip you with creative ways to raise up the next generation of wonder women!
Based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Anne Frawley-Mangan teaches at Holy Spirit Seminary and at Australian Catholic University and is also Sacramental and Pastoral Coordinator at All Saints Parish in Albany Creek. She is an experienced educator, presenter, writer and artist who specializes in using the arts to enhance religious education and liturgy. Frawley-Mangan is also Creative Director of Litmus Productions, which produced “Good News: Dramas from Luke’s Gospel.”
3-09 Faith for the Heart
For the first 1,000 years, Christian faith appealed primarily to human desires, and St. Augustine of Hippo is the model of this approach (“Our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee”). Then the second 1,000 years appealed primarily to reason, with Thomas Aquinas as the epitome. Of course, faith needs both – the monastic and scholastic – but, for our postmodern time and today’s “nones,” “dones” and “spiritual but not religious,” we must appeal again to the heart to engage them (new or anew) with the truths, values and spiritual wisdom of Christian faith.
Dr. Thomas Groome
Dr. Tom Groome is Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and Director of their doctoral program. The award-winning author has written or edited numerous articles and essays and 10 books. Dr. Groome has made over 800 public presentations throughout the last 40 years, including all the major North American conferences of religious educators, Catholic educators and pastoral ministers. This marks his 38th year of giving presentations at the LA Congress.
3-10 The Hymn of the Day: An Enrichment of Roman Catholic Worship
Arising from medieval Sequences and Lutheran Scripture-based hymns, the Hymn of the Day can enrich Roman Catholic worship by representing the appointed scriptural proclamations and reinforcing the preaching based on them. Explore and sing together hymn texts specific to particular celebrations in Advent, Christmastide, Lent and Triduum.
Fr. Jan Michael Joncas
Composer, author and speaker, Fr. Michael Joncas is Artist in Residence and Research Fellow in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He has served as a parochial vicar, a campus minister and a pastor. Fr. Joncas, ordained as a priest for the St. Paul/Minneapolis Archdiocese, is author of six books and over 200 articles and reviews in journals including Worship, Ecclesia Orans, and Questions Liturgiques. He is also composer and arranger of over 300 pieces of liturgical music.
3-11 High is the Heavens
This workshop explores the influence of Celtic spiritual traditions and beliefs on the worship of today. Writing from the Celtic perspective, “High is the Heavens” is a new musical collection from Liam Lawton. Each song has its own story, with its roots in the past, but written for a contemporary Church. Liam Lawton endeavors to build a bridge bringing the uniqueness of this ancient tradition into finding the same God in our modem world.
Liam Lawton is a priest of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Ireland, where he serves as Director of Music. He has recorded 16 collections of music and has written two books. Fr. Lawton has recorded several TV specials including two on PBS. He has presented at conferences in Europe and across the United States and was commissioned to compose the Psalm setting for 2019 Papal Mass in Dublin, Ireland, as well as the Offertory Music for the 2018 Beatification of Brother Solanus Casey at Ford Field in Detroit.
3-12 Live! Be! Finding the Movement in Our Prayers
Join us as we find ways to encourage assemblies to pray with the whole body. From gestures to our favorite parables to incorporating American Sign Language to enhance liturgical celebrations, you will leave reignited to fully and actively participate in prayer services and liturgies! Be ready to move, pray and gather many ideas to keep students and colleagues praying with more than just words.
Monica Luther, EdD
For over 23 years, Dr. Monica Luther has offered her movement ministry at prayer services, concerts, liturgies and conferences with assemblies at RECongress and the Los Angeles Archdiocese Regional Congress as well as across the country. She has over 15 years of teaching in public schools and 13 years teaching adult learners and facilitating professional development. Dr. Luther works as a national staff developer for public school education and as Assistant Principal at Buena Park Junior High School in Buena Park, Calif.
3-13 The Way of Mercy & Holiness – Humility and Vulnerability
“Be strong. Be brave. Don’t show weakness”: Nice sentiments, true. But our faith speaks a deeper transforming truth – be merciful, be humble, be holy. It’s the life of Jesus, his Paschal Mystery. No short cuts and no “Cliffs Notes.” Come and be prepared to “let go and let God.” In the process, we’ll be more inspired to live what we believe and teach!
Jesse Manibusan, founder of Jesse Manibusan Music Ministries, has over 30 years of experience as a liturgical music minister, youth worker, catechist and parish mission director. He has presented at all the major youth conferences, including the L.A. Religious Education Congress and several World Youth Days. Manibusan has performed at various conferences worldwide and has several CDs published with Oregon Catholic Press.
3-14 “Who Do People Say That I Am?” What Young Adults Are Saying ...
Understanding how emerging generations understand faith is critical to being messengers of the faith. Join a discussion around how the Church needs to message the Good News in language that rings true in their ears (not necessarily my ears).
Fr. Michael T. Martin, OFM Conv
Franciscan priest Fr. Michael Martin was named Director of the Catholic Center at Duke University, N.C. in August 2010. A lifelong educator, Fr. Martin has held a variety of teaching, coaching and administrative positions since his ordination. He has served on a number of boards and commissions and is a highlighted presenter on strategic issues facing the Church, campus ministry and Catholic schools today. In 2007, he received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal for service to the Church from Pope Benedict XVI.
3-15 The Virtue of Courage and the Moral Life
As St. Thomas Aquinas teaches, “Courage is the precondition of all virtue.” In short, without courage, it is impossible to live a moral life. This presentation explores what Catholic moral tradition means by “courage” and its role in ethical decision-making. It also considers some concrete situations where courage is essential in responding to contemporary ethical challenges.
Fr. Bryan N. Massingale, STD
A priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese, Fr. Bryan Massingale is Professor of Theology at Fordham University in New York. A noted authority on Catholic moral theology and social ethics, he has lectured extensively on ethical and racial justice issues both throughout the United States and internationally. Fr. Massingale has presented at numerous colleges and universities and at most of the national Catholic conferences. He is a past keynoter at the Los Angeles Congress. His book is titled “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church.”
3-16 Aligning Our Vision of Youth and Young Adult Ministries with Christus Vivit
Pope Francis, the Synod Fathers and thousands of young people have been actively engaged in dialoguing and reflecting upon pastoral ministry with the young church. In Christus Vivit (and other Synod documents), we see a vision for ministry with youth and young adults emerging. With the growing numbers of young people becoming disaffiliated with religion, it is critical that we examine how our vision and practice of youth and young adult ministry needs to change so that we can turn this tide. We will reflect upon how our personal, parish and national visions might be aligned with the insights gained from the synodal process and Christus Vivit.
Charlotte McCorquodale, PhD
Louisiana native Dr. Charlotte McCorquodale has been President of Ministry Training Source since 2000. Her professional career in Catholic youth ministry and lay ecclesial ministry has spanned almost four decades serving in parish, school, diocesan and university ministry settings. Dr. McCorquodale serves as an international educator, researcher and consultant for the fields of certification standards, youth ministry and e-learning, and has been awarded for her contributions nationally to the field of Catholic youth ministry.
3-17 Me Cry! Mercy! Merci!
A play on words? No … what can the hungers and lives of teens today tell us about our strategies for encounter, outreach, evangelization and discipleship? The “alphabet soup” of their lives (and ours, for that matter) offers us “recipes” for our ministries. We’ll explore how mercy remains the lens for effectively serving young people.
Mike Patin, the “engaging Cajun,” lives in Lafayette, La. He has served the church as a high-school teacher, coach and diocesan staff person. Since 2003, Patin has been a full-time “faith horticulturist,” addressing multi-generational groups across the United States and Canada as parish mission presenter, trainer, retreat facilitator and more. He is also author of “This Was Not in the Brochure: Lessons from Work, Life and Ministry.”
3-18 The Penultimate Invitation to Holiness – Practicing Mercy as Jesus Practiced It
Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful: That’s quite an invitation! It’s also the invitation that lies at the essence of all religion and all religious practice worthy of the name. It’s what, ultimately, makes for holiness. How is God merciful? How do we incarnate that? More importantly, how might the practice of biblical mercy help heal our bitter divisions with society and the Church today?
Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI
Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer and writer. His books have been translated into many languages, and his weekly column is carried by more than 80 publications worldwide. Prior to his present position, Fr. Rolheiser taught at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province and on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome.
3-19 Children’s Liturgy of the Word That is Prayerful, Formative and Exciting
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a liturgical experience that opens young people to hear and respond to God’s Word in ways that enable them to be nurtured and challenged by its power. This workshop will provide a tried and tested vision, animating many adults and teenagers as leaders in this important ministry.
Based in Chicago, Michael Ruzicki is the Training and Events Manager at Liturgy Training Publications and served as Director of Music at Notre Dame de Chicago Church for the past six years. He is author of “Guide for Training Initiation Ministers: An Introduction to the RCIA” and “Signs and Symbols of the Liturgy” and is a former team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. Since 2017, he has served as the MC and conference coordinator for the National Gathering on Christian Initiation in Chicago.
3-20 Ardi, Ape and Android: Dialogues with the Imago Deiin Genesis
If Ardi (Ardipithecus ramidus) hominid evolution raises questions about the rise of homo sapiens; if (the late) Koko the Gorilla achieved a 500-word capacity in American Sign Language; if Artificial Intelligence surpasses human capacity – then are the traditional Christian concepts of “The Imago Dei” up to these challenges? Though Imago Dei is traditionally about humans, in this session, Dr. Smith-Christopher will draw on his work on theology in the Book of Genesis and “The Image of God” (Imago Dei), as well as his love for science fiction(!), in order to propose why biblical theology can, and does, suggest creative responses to very modern challenges.
Prof. Daniel Smith-Christopher
Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher is Professor of Theological Studies, Director of Peace Studies and Director of the New Zealand Study Abroad programs at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he has taught for 31 years. He has published over 40 scholarly articles and 14 books and has been honored with numerous awards for teaching and research. Dr. Christopher has also appeared on several TV documentaries for A&E and The History Channel.
3-21 Overwhelmed by God: Are We Really Called to be “Perfect”?
Before Vatican II, based on the Scripture quote calling us to be perfect like God, many Catholics believed that true holiness was reserved for priests and nuns. But the Council’s renewed understanding of Scripture required us to revisit our thinking ... seemingly in agreement with St. Augustine who claimed “there is no saint without a past and no sinner without a future.” Grounded in a renewed theology of grace, this workshop recalls the words of Yahweh to Jeremiah: “Before you were in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5). We have ALL been consecrated by our God and thus called to be holy.
Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP, PhD
Sr. Maureen Sullivan is a Dominican Sister of Hope from New York. After 26 years of teaching theology, she is now Professor Emerita at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. She also serves as a religion consultant for the William H. Sadlier Publishing Company. Sr. Sullivan has written two books on Vatican II: “101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II” and “The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology.”
3-22 From Christendom to Missiondom: Forming Intentional Disciples in the New Normal
Catholics in the West live in a new world where God has no grandchildren and where faith is chosen or rejected rather than inherited. Every believing Catholic and Catholic community has to learn the skills of evangelizing and ministering in a setting where the larger culture does not support faith. Sherry Weddell will share the latest discoveries that she and her global network of collaborators are making in how to effectively evangelize and form disciples in our new normal.
Sherry A. Weddell
Sherry Weddell serves is co-founder and Executive Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute, which provides formation in parish and diocesan-centered evangelization and disciple-making. She and her team have worked directly with 170,000 Catholics in nearly 1,000 parishes and 195 dioceses across North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Weddell is author of “Forming Intentional Disciples” and “Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World.”
3-23 Hope for Individuals & Families Affected by Addiction
Addiction devastates the lives of individuals, families and communities across the world. How can the Church provide helpful resources for those who are seemingly out of hope? In this session, Scott Weeman shares personal experience rooted in his own recovery journey while overlapping the sacramental life of the Church with 12-Step spirituality. He will tell how the Church can aid in healing those with addictions and unhealthy attachments by sharing stories of conversion, new life and hope.
Scott Weeman is founder and Executive Director of Catholic in Recovery as well as a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He coordinates with his wife, Jacqueline, the young adult ministry at Saint Brigid Parish in San Diego. Weeman has presented at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in addition to dozens of diocesan and parish events and conferences around the country. He is author of “The Twelve Steps and the Sacraments: A Catholic Journey Through Recovery.”
3-70 Sống Nhân Từ Để Nên Thánh Trong Gia Đình
Để có một gia đình hạnh phúc, các phần tử trong gia đình cần biết kiên nhẫn, hy sinh, tha thứ, nhẫn nhịn, nhân từ… Chúng ta yêu thương nhau, không phải chỉ yêu thân xác của nhau. Điều quan trọng hơn là chúng ta yêu linh hồn của nhau, để rồi được gặp lại nhau trên Thiên Đàng sau khi sống trọn vẹn cuộc sống trần gian. “Sống Nhân Từ để Nên Thánh trong Gia Đình” không phải là một khẩu hiệu, nhưng là một cách sống. Với cách sống đó, chúng ta được hưởng cả hạnh phúc trong cuộc sống này lẫn hạnh phúc vĩnh cửu đời sau.
Live Mercy – Be Holy in Family
To live happily as a family, its members need to practice patience, sacrifice, forgiveness, endurance and mercy. We love each other – not just love of each other’s bodies, but we must love each other’s souls – so we can meet again in heaven after living a full life on earth. “Live Mercy – Be Holy in Family” is not a slogan, but a way of life to enjoy both happiness in this life and happiness in eternal life.
Giáo Sư 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 & 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, PhD
Prior to 1975, Prof. Quyen Di was Assistant Director of Textbook and Curriculum Preparation at Dalat University in Vietnam. He trains Vietnamese-language teachers around the world and has been on the Vietnamese American National Catechetical Committee for nearly three decades. Prof. Di lectures at the University of California, Los Angeles and at California State University, Long Beach. He also teaches at California State University, Fullerton and is a visiting Professor at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. He is a trained spiritual director and family counselor who has authored 15 books.