Speeches & Presentations
Delivered at the Convocation
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Francine Cardman, PhD, Weston Jesuit School
of Theology, MA. Francine is an Associate Professor
of Historical Theology and Church History at Weston Jesuit School
of Theology, Weston, MA. Her
expertise in early Church history, early Church leadership, the
history of Christian spirituality, and ecumenism promises to
inform and energize.
"Re-membering the Church" brought the entire audience
to their feet and set the stage for an empowered and empowering
weekend. Click here to
Justice Anne Burke, former Advisory Panel member and, subsequently,
interim chair of the National Review Board for the Protection of
Children and Young People. Anne is a life-long advocate for children,
as well as a steady supporter of VOTF and speaker at many a VOTF
David Castaldi, former
chancellor of the Archdiocese of Boston and new chair of VOTF
Board of Trustees David was
also named in 2004
by Archbishop Sean O’Malley to direct the Parish Reconfiguration
Fund Oversight Committee in the Boston Archdiocese. He is
a strong advocate for lay involvement in parish finance councils. Click here to read.
Paul Lakeland, Fairfield University (CT) professor
of Religious Studies . Paul’s book The Liberation of the Laity is
a well-received call for, among other needs, structural change
in leadership and
authority. This book was published in 2002, when the abuse crisis
was just beginning to break the surface, making it nearly as prophetic
as the voices of the survivors.
Paul Lakeland, author of The Liberation of the Laity, delivered the
following talk for the Saturday afternoon panel discussion on "Accountability
in Our Church." Prof. Lakeland addressed the segment on lay
accountability. Click here to
Jim Post, President of Voice of the Faithful - VOTF at the Crossroads:
Where Are We Going?
National Leadership Convocation, Indianapolis, IN
July 8-10, 2005. Click here to
Gaile Pohlhaus - Concluding
Mass on Saturday evening, VOTF secretary Gaile Pohlhaus delivered
a theological reflection. Click here to
Working Group Presentations
The Saturday morning Working Group panel at the Indianapolis Convocation
included representatives from each of the six major working groups
in Voice of the Faithful. These are the groups that put our goals “on
the map” three years ago – articulating their substance,
animating their meaning and communicating their respective messages.
The following texts are the presentations made in Indianapolis on July
Voice of the Faithful Leadership Meeting
Indianapolis, IN July 8 -10
Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol Avenue
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