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Leadership Institute Webinars - Adult Catechesis


Category: Adult Catechesis

A series of webinars focused on “Adult Catechesis”. Click on the "Webinar" link to view each webinar video. For more webinars on other topics, click on a category link in the right column.

Using the Leadership Institute in a Group Setting

This webinar shares the experience of the Diocese of Beaumont, TX in using this track with various groups through the development of questions for discussion based on the existing webinars. The practical steps of planning and implementation will be discussed.

Webinar | © 2013 Dr. Lorraine DeLuca and Paul Thomas. Used with permission.


Lorraine DeLucaDr. Lorraine S. DeLuca

Born and raised in Norwalk, CT, Dr. Lorraine S. DeLuca was a life-long resident of Norwalk until moving to Beaumont in 1997 to become the Director of the Office of Lifelong Catholic Formation/Education for the Diocese of Beaumont. Previously she ministered as a PCL for sixteen years in various parishes in the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT in children and adult catechesis and the RCIA. Dr. DeLuca received a Master of Arts in Adult Religious Education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY in 1981, and a Doctor of Education in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY in 1994.  She also served on the Executive Committee and Board of the NCCL where she was elected Treasurer in 2006.


Paul ThomasMr. Paul J. Thomas

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Paul eventually relocated to Rhode Island where he worked for the Diocese of Providence for over 20 years as a Parish Music Director and managed an inner city drop in center. In 2003 he relocated to Beaumont, TX filling the position of Parish Social Ministry Director for Catholic Charities. Recognizing the need and opportunity to address formation, he accepted the position he currently holds as Associate Director in the Office of Lifelong Catholic Formation/Education for the Diocese of Beaumont. Paul believes that ongoing education and formation of conscience are essential for the transformation of society. Along with his formal education in music through Rhode Island College and Berklee College of Music, Paul also began his theological studies through evening courses at Providence College. He continues his own commitment to formation through the University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF).

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Identifying, Engaging and Welcoming Inactive Catholics

The presentation by Fr. Frank describes the broad cultural issues behind people who do not regularly practice their faith, and talks about three specific segments--young adults, young married people, and older alienated Catholics--giving ways to listen to their concerns, involve them, and build bridges between them and the church. The presentation will help all nuance their ideas about "inactive Catholics."

Webinar | Discussion Questions | © 2012 Rev. Frank DeSiano, CSP. Used with permission


desiano-fr-frankRev. Frank DeSiano, CSP

Father was ordained a Paulist Priest in 1972 and since has served in many parts of the United States, including as pastor in downtown New York and Chicago. He earned a D. Min. from Boston University, completing his thesis on "Parish Based Evangelization," in 1990. He served as President of the Paulist Fathers, a consultor to the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Evangelization, and now is President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries, an apostolic arm of the Paulist Fathers. His is a noted speaker and preacher and has written many books and articles. Among the most recent are "Why Not Consider Becoming a Catholic?" and "Mission America: Challenges and Opportunities for Catholics Today."(NCCHM).

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Engaging and Inviting Back Those Who Have Simply Slipped Away From Church Life and Sacraments

Over fifty-five percent of Catholics rarely or never attend Mass or attend a few times a year. The presentation will address some of the reasons for the dramatic decline in Mass attendance, and then offer various strategies and approaches that will assist parishes and dioceses to invite and welcome Catholics whose faith is currently not nourished by the Eucharist and the other sacraments.

Webinar | © 2012 Rev. Kenneth Boyack, CSP. Used with permissions.


boyack-fr-KennethRev. Kenneth Boyack, C.S.P

Father was ordained for the Paulist Fathers in 1979 and currently serves as the Vice President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries, He received an M.A. in Theology and a D.Min. from The Catholic University of America. The author or editor of seventeen books, including Awakening Faith: Reconnecting with Your Catholic Faith (co-authored with Rev. Frank DeSiano, CSP), Fr. Boyack is the general coordinator for Living the Eucharist, a new Lenten spiritual renewal program for the whole parish.

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Taking Stock — Questions to Help Assess and Shape a Parish Faith Community for Its Evangelizing Mission

Affirming the value of assessment in the improvement process, participants begin with the 2002 document Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States. This document contains three goals, 31 objectives, and 156 strategies. Each strategy can be the basis of an assessment question. Utilizing this tactic, participants can also address the questions in Pope Benedict's Porta Fidei, in the Lineamenta for the 2012 Synod on the New Evangelization, and in Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization by the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. The webinar concludes with a reference to the list of propositions from the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.

Webinar | © 2013 Leland Nagel. Used with permission.


Leadership Institute - Lee NagelLeland Nagel

Leland Nagel held a variety of positions on both the diocesan and university level. He is the former Director of Education for the Diocese of Green Bay. Lee was completing his dissertation at the Alliant International University in San Diego, California for his doctorate in Leadership and Human Behavior. He was the Executive Director of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. His message was motivational and inspirational. A faith-filled storyteller, Lee Nagel was an educator by profession and a catechist by vocation, a teacher by trade and an evangelist by Baptism. Lee passed away in 2014.


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Catechesis & the Fathers of the Church

In "Catechesis and the Fathers of the Church," we'll explore the content and methods employed by the most effective teachers in early Christianity. In years before mass media -- and through centuries of intense persecution -- they evangelized the world with remarkable success, achieving a Church-growth rate of 40% per decade. They taught by means of ritual, art, preaching, letters; they taught sometimes openly and sometimes in code; they taught most effectively by the example of their lives and deaths.  

Webinar | Q & A | © 2011 Michael Aquilina. Used with permission


Leadership Institute - Mike AquilinaMike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He is author or editor of more than twenty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. His titles include The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, Signs and Mysteries: Revealing Ancient Christian Symbols, and The Resilient Church. With Scott Hahn, he has been co-host of eight series that air on the Eternal Word Television Network. Mike is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He blogs on early Christianity at Mike has been married to his wife, Terri, for twenty-five years; they have six children.

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Living the Beauty of Faith: How to Use the Adult Catechism in Adult Faith Formation Programs

This presentation will focus on a variety of practical and concrete ways to use the Adult Catechism in adult faith formation programs. By situating adult faith formation as a graced moment within the New Evangelization, the presenter will provide an overview of the history of the USCCA, its structure, and potential uses in faith formation.  

Webinar | © 2011 Jem Sullivan, PhD. Used with permission


Leadership Institute - Jem SullivanJem Sullivan, PhD

Jem Sullivan, PhD a former staff in the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis at the USCCB. At the time of recording this session entitles "Living the Beauty of Faith: How to Use the Adult Catechism in Adult Faith Formation Programs, she served as Coordinator of Assessment for the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis at the USCCB. As a catechist and teacher, she has served high school, young adult, and adult faith formation programs, as well as a professor in graduate level seminary courses. She is the author of two books from Our Sunday Visitor, one of which is A Study Guide to the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.


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