****2005 Convention Update from Ann Carroll
A 2005 Convention Exploratory Committee has been formed
to determine a site and date for a 2005 VOTF Convention.
Committee members are:
Maria Cleary, Northern NJ
Betty Clermont, Atlanta, GA
Pat Gomez, Concord, MA
Vince Grenough, Louisville, KY
Larry Mulligan, Grand Rapids, MI
Anne Pullen, Concord, NH
John Ryan, Peoria, IL
Marilyn Wells, NW Chicago suburbs, IL
Gaile Pohlhaus, Philadelphia, PA (Rep. Council Steering
Ann Carroll, Boston, MA (VOTF Treasurer)
Thanks to all for volunteering to serve.
Regular updates will be provided to VOTF Representative
Council members beginning in late August. The October
issue of In the Vineyard will contain much more
news - stay tuned!
aware of the National
Parish Life Center web site. The site has just
posted details about the Annual Parish Leadership
Convention November 18-20 at the Sheraton City
Center in Cleveland, OH. AND a Voice of Renewal
correspondent suggested a look at this web
site for one parish's family-based religious ed.
you should check when you can: National
Catholic Reporter , Commonweal
magazine ;and ZENIT
is an International News Agency that covers Catholic
Church issues, events and documents.
College Church in the 21st Century free publication
offers many of the lectures in this initiative. Go
to their web
site to request a copy of C21 Resources.
August 2, 2004 issue of America magazine includes
coverage of the Portland, Oregon diocesan bankruptcy
case. Go to www.americamagazine.org
for access information. Note: web-only subscription
rates are half the cost of hard copy.
you come across another VOTF-relevant site? Please
share the discovery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
****August 15 Mass on Boston Common sponsored
by Boston VOTF marks another first not only for VOTF
but for all Boston Catholics. As far as we know, it
is the first time that a public Mass in Boston has been
organized by lay Catholics and the first time that a
public Mass in Boston will not be celebrated by a bishop.
Read more from Donna Doucette in VOTF
on Boston Common.
****October 3, 2004 - Rejoice With Voice!!!
Come, one and all, and Rejoice with Voice! In response
to many requests, members of Voice of the Faithful are
planning a social event for late afternoon, Sunday,
October 3, from 5 - 8 p.m. The location will be announced
shortly and will be convenient to Interstate 95 (Route
128 in MA), from all directions.
There will be music, food and drink, and an opportunity
to socialize and enjoy the company of other Voice members
and friends. Join us to celebrate our accomplishments
and to get to know one another in a social setting.
Tickets will be priced as moderately as possible to
cover our costs. Committee members who answered the
invitation to help with the planning are finalizing
the details at this time. You'll be hearing much more
very soon. In the meantime, SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 3!
****SAVE THE DATE- NOVEMBER 13, 2004 - NEW ENGLAND
VOTF CONFERENCE WORCESTER, MA
"It's Not History - It's Time For Renewal" will be
the theme of a full-day conference sponsored by the
New England affiliates of Voice of the Faithful at the
Worcester Centrum on Saturday, November 13, 2004. The
conference derives its name from the words of Bishop
Wilton Gregory, President of the USCCB, who summed up
the bishops' response to the John Jay Report on the
clerical abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in the
United States with the words, "It's history."
"By selecting this theme, we want to affirm, first,
that the abuse scandal cannot be swept under the rug,
and second, that we must renew and reform the Church
to ensure that the scandal is never repeated," said
Bob Morris of the Winchester, MA VOTF, Chair of the
Confirmed speakers for the conference to date include
Fr. Thomas Doyle; Pamela Hayes of the National Review
Board; authors Jason Berry, David Gibson and David France;
former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tom O'Neill;
Professors Paul Lakeland of Fairfield, David O'Brien
and Bill Clark of Holy Cross, Kathleen Kautzer of Regis
College, and Ruth Wallace of George Washington University;
Sue Archibald, President of Link-Up, and David Clohessey,
President of SNAP; and Fr. Robert Silva, President of
the National Federation of Priests' Councils. A Priest
of Integrity award will be conferred on a New England
priest who has courageously stood up to the power of
the institutional Church on behalf of survivors of clergy
For further information, or if you'd like to help out
in any way, contact Bob Morris at email@example.com.
****Boston College is hosting "Handing on the
Faith" September 17 and 18, 2004. The conference will
bring together approximately 22 prominent Catholic scholars
and leaders to discuss three interrelated dimensions
of the issue of handing on the Catholic Faith: the Context
of contemporary American culture that fosters or
renders difficult the task of handing on the faith;
the Content of the faith that we seek to pass
on to future generations; and the modes of Communication
apt to convey the beauty and truth of the Catholic
tradition. The content of this conference will be available
in book form in 2005.
conference will also include a Public Lecture by
Archbishop Sean O'Malley. Only the lecture by
Bishop O'Malley on Friday night (Sept. 17) will be
free and open to the public. It will take place at
St. John the Evangelist Parish, 9 Glen Rd., Wellesley
Hills, MA. For information on the rest of the conference,
and for registration information, use this link: http://www.bc.edu/church21/programs/hotf/
You can also receive a free periodical that covers
many of the talks given throughout the Church in the
21st Century Initiative.
September 17 and Saturday, September 18, 2004
Weekend Course Part I: "The Church: From Crisis to
Renewal- from Polarization to Dialogue in Today's
Church," with Peter Steinfels, religion columnist,
The New York Times, Location TBA Sponsor: the
Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry
Information: 617-552-8440. A $300 fee will be charged
for this three-part course. The remaining two sessions
will be on October 22-23 and November 19-20.
September 25, 2004
Workshop: "Sexuality in Catholic Tradition," with
Francine Cardman, associate professor of historical
theology, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, 9:00 a.m.
- 2:00 p.m., Location TBA. Sponsor: the Institute
for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry Information:
617-552-8440. $35 fee will be charged
September 15, 2004
Lecture: "Naming the Wound: The Common Dynamic of
Ecclesiastical Style and the Sexual Abuse of Persons,"
with Eugene Kennedy, Professor Emeritus of psychology,
Loyola University of Chicago. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.,
Gasson 100. Sponsor: the Church in the 21st Century
and the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral
Ministry Information: 617-552-8440. Registration
****HEADS UP FOR OCTOBER - Monday, October 18, 2004
Lecture: "How Rome Views the American Church," with
John L. Allen, Rome correspondent for the National
Catholic Reporter. Time and Location TBA. Sponsor:
Boston College Church in the 21st Century Initiative.
Information: 617-552-0470. Also, John Allen's new book
All the Pope's Men is in book stores and available
****HEADS UP FOR THE NEXT EIGHT MONTHS!! Adult
Education and Faith Formation Series: 2004-2005 - Lynn,
North Shore and Seacoast Affiliates sponsor a second
annual adult education series. Mo Donovan reports:
The second annual Adult Education and Faith Formation
Program will be offered from September 26, 2004 through
April 10, 2005 in Newburyport, Amesbury, Topsfield and
Lynn. The series, The Living Christ, and We His Disciples,
is offered in collaboration with Boston College's Department
of Theology, and is sponsored by the Voice of the Faithful
Affiliates of the Lynn, North Shore and Seacoast areas.
The Program's purpose is to give adults an opportunity
to deepen their knowledge of Christ and their life in
Christ from presentations by faculty of the area's Catholic
colleges, and from discussions, with the faculty and
among themselves, of the topics presented.
The speakers are from Boston College, Weston Jesuit
School of Theology (Cambridge) and Merrimack College.
They will discuss how we become disciples of Christ,
and the role that freedom, character and conscience
play in that; the various forms of prayer Christians
over the centuries have used to seek Christ; how Christians
can grow in their faith through reading, discussion
and prayer with one another; the common traditions Christians
share with Jews and Muslims as believers in one God,
and the growth of ecumenical dialogue among leaders
and members of the various Christian Churches.
The lectures are on Sunday evenings at 6:30. The dates,
locations and topics areas follows:
(Newburyport; Immaculate Conception Church): Making
Disciples of Christ I: The Role of Freedom and Character.
Fr. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., Ph.D. (Boston College,
Department of Theology).
(Amesbury; Holy Family Parish Hall): Making Disciples
of Christ II: The Import of Conscience. Fr. Kenneth
Himes, O.F.M., Ph.D. (Boston College, Department of
7: 2004 (Topsfield): Seeking Christ in Prayer:
How Christians have done this through the centuries.
Francine Cardman, Ph.D. (Weston Jesuit School of Theology).
(Topsfield): Vatican II's vision of the layperson's
spirituality. Francine Cardman, Ph.D. (Weston Jesuit
School of Theology).
(Topsfield): Faith Formation: Deepening our Faith
Through Reading, Discussion and Prayer with Others.
Jane Regan, Ph.D. (Boston College, Department of Theology).
(Topsfield): Community-wide Catechesis: Developing
a community of faith. Jane Regan, Ph.D. (Boston College,
Department of Theology).
(Lynn): We Believe in One God: Jews, Christians, Muslims
as Brothers and Sister in Faith: Our Common Heritages
and Differences. Dr. Padraic O'Hare (Merrimack College).
10: 2005 (Lynn):
Christian Ecumenical Dialogue: Progress Since Vatican
II In Creating Closer Ties Between the Christian Denominations.
Dr. Padraic O'Hare (Merrimack College).
For further information, please call or send an email
message to Jim Callahan (978 887-7690; firstname.lastname@example.org);
Vince Guerra (978 887-3412; email@example.com),
Mo Donovan (978 465-0620; firstname.lastname@example.org), or Jack
Whelan (781 477-4951; email@example.com).
****November 18-20 the Annual Parish Leadership
Convention in Cleveland, OH sponsored by the National
Pastoral Life Center. Go to www.nplc.org.
Part of the Center's work is the fulfillment of Cardinal
Bernardin's legacy - the Common Ground Initiative.
**** Friday, October 8th, Fr. Tom Doyle will speak
at a VOTF-sponsored event in Indianapolis. On Saturday,
October 9th, we will have a day of workshops in which
Fr. Tom will participate. Stay tuned for updates on
other speakers who will also participate in the Saturday
events. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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