1. KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza
See front page for more information.
2. Dialogue with Keynoter
Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza
An opportunity for additional exploration of topics presented in the keynote talk through discussion in a small group setting.
3. Part I: Mother Church – Love Her Or???
Archbishop John Vlazny (Thurs & Fri)
We will talk about the Church — “Without the Church there is no Eucharist; without the Eucharist there is no Church” as Pope Benedict reminded us.
Part II: The Eucharistic Prayer Uncovered
Abbot Jeremy Driscoll (Sat & sun)
In its official introduction, the Roman Missal used to celebrate the Mass identifies and succinctly describes eight different parts of the Eucharistic Prayer. We will read those descriptions together and open up their depths. Then we will move through a Eucharistic Prayer and learn to identify the different parts. All this is with a view toward our enhanced participation in this vital part of the Mass.
4. Connecting with God
Beth Barsotti and Molly Buccola
Being nudged to jumpstart or refresh your prayer life or create intentional space for God? Come explore and experience a variety of spiritual practices to center yourself and connect with God.
5. Catching a Glimpse; Reflective Writing
Take a second look at the startling ideas, questions or insights from the keynote address or other classes and experiences in your day. Sparked by writing and small group discussion, this class offers a time to slow down and catch a glimpse of grace given and received
6. Pope Francis and the Five Popes Before Him
This class will look at a history of the popes from Pope John XXIII in 1958 to Pope Francis today. We will listen to stories, read Papal Documents and look at the culture that has brought the Catholic Church to the summer of 2018. Class will include a little night time reading, stories and walks down memory lane and sharing.
7. Keeping the Faith: Being Fed by Sacred Scripture, Sacred Art and St. Benedict
In this class, each day will focus on a different theme, such as faith, suffering, and accepting love. Together we will read, pray, and discuss Scripture passages which fit that theme; look at art which illustrates that theme; and examine passages in the Rule of St. Benedict which echo that theme.
8. The Catholic Experience in the United States
Ian Berge and Nick Hegwood
In this class we will focus on the attitudes toward the Church in the United States with a particular focus on the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Using primary sources from the time, we will discuss how Catholics in this country faced discrimination and an overall suspicion of their loyalty to their country. We will use this as a foundation for a larger discussion of our modern times.
9. Loving Discipline
Whether a parent, teacher, mentor or coach (or all the above) this class will examine how we interact with our youth, through both action and inaction, to guide their emergence into healthy and loving adults. We will reference Taking Charge by Joann Nordling.
10. The Daily Bluff
Come help us continue chronicling Summer Conference. We’ll find the stories and publish a daily companion to our shared Conference life. Bring your whimsy, your sense of humor, your curiosity, your storytelling, your artistic talents and, if you want, your camera. All skill levels welcome. Gr. 5 and up.
Come learn the art of mosaics, from design to production to presentation. All supplies provided. Gr. 5 and up. $5 fee.
12. Psyanky Eggs
Pysanky are Easter eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax resist method. The designs are not painted on, but written on the egg with beeswax and then cold dyed several times for dramatic and beautiful results- much like batiking on cloth. We will learn the traditional symbolism while practicing the great virtue of PATIENCE. Gr. 5 and up. $10 fee.
13. Yoga for Everyone
After spending time sitting, listening and thinking about inspirational topics, come to this yoga class focusing on accessible yoga poses and stretches to unwind and undo all the muscle tightness associated with sitting. We will work on simple stretches and movements that incorporate breathing in a more meditative approach to movement. Gr. 8 and up.
14. Zentangle Art
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. Each student will be given a Zentangle kit that can be taken home at the conclusion of the class. Gr. 5 and up. $10 fee
Fun embroidery for beginners! We’ll learn some basic stitches and work on projects to explore the wonderful world of stitchery through colorful, fun and playful stitch “doodling." Gr. 2 and up. $5 fee
16. Tennis Anyone?
For anyone who wants to try tennis for the first time or wants to improve their tennis skills. This is a class that involves all participants. Come join us! Bring a racquet if you have one! Gr. 2 and up.
17. Work that Body
Come move your body as we explore various genres of dance. See how dance can be more than just a physical workout but also a chance to express yourself, calm your mind, and have fun. We will incorporate ballet and jazz and dance where the spirit guides us. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Gr. 8 and up.
18. Exploring Watercolors
Meeghan and Brendan Hart
Explore and enjoy the basic techniques of painting with watercolors. We will play with different paper types, washes, wet and dry brush techniques to unlock the beauty and flexibility of watercolors. All you need is curiosity and a willingness to explore. No experience required. Gr. 5 and up. $10 fee.
19. Keynote Infant Care
Rachel Klinger and Kelly Vanderwal
20. Promise A (Pre K-Gr. 1)
21. Karing Kids A (Gr. 2-4)
22. Horizons (Gr. 5-7)
Margaret Dickinson and James Dickinson
23. Choices (Gr. 8-9)
Allison Thompson Miller
24. Youth and the Church (Gr. 10-12)
25. Promise B (Pre K-Gr. 1)
26. Karing Kids B (Gr. 2-4)
27. Let's Find Some Fun
Come join in a variety of outdoor games! Having fun is the only rule and success is dependent on good communication, attitude and perseverance within the whole group. Gr. 5 and up.
28. Craft, Fun and Make Believe
This year we will play and explore some Old Testament adventure stories with costumes, craft and drama. As in past years, students will have the chance to make things to play with that they can take home Gr. 2 and up.
We will play with water in the sandbox, using sluices, model structures and toys. Discover how water can sculpt the landscape and how people can use water for work and recreation. Gr. 2 and up. $5 fee.
30. Cozy Corner
Bobbie Weber and Julie Brand Conroy
Bring your little-and big ones-to a warm and relatively quiet space toward the end of a busy day to share stories and activities. Bring your favorite books, poems or joke books to share and of course your pillows and blankets! All ages welcome-including teens! Children under 2 with a parent.
31. Kids R Cookin
So many choices! Come learn basic cooking skills such as measuring, cutting and mixing as we explore the kitchen and express our individuality. Kids will create and fill their own recipe books as well as enjoy their unique kitchen creations from fresh fruit smoothies, pizza and more. *Please note if you have gluten intolerance or other dietary restrictions/allergies on the registration form so the instructor can make accommodations in advance. Bring an apron and a smile. Gr. 2 and up.