Track IV - Year of Faith
A new series of webinars focused on the “Year of Faith” will be offered. The webinar topics and presenters were approved by the Bishops
Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. Topics include how to make use
of the Leadership Institute's resources, prayer, and vocation. Once
posted, participants will
be able to access the webinars online.
Webinar Info and Links
NOTE: Certificate of Completion No Longer Available
track iv - webinars
Using the Leadership Institute in a Group Setting
Track III of the USCCB Leadership Institute focuses on the
New Evangelization and is an excellent tool for dioceses and parishes to use.
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
| Feedback © 2013 Dr. Lorraine DeLuca and Paul Thomas. Used with permission.
Dr. Lorraine S. DeLuca
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.
Mr. 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 managing 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).
Professing the Creed
Dr. John C. Cavadini
The New Evangelization: Why Bother?
There is a lot of talk in the
Church today about the “new evangelization.” But what exactly is it? And why,
really, should we engage in it? There are many reasons given for its importance
but one of the most important is rarely mentioned: many peoples’ eternal
salvation is at stake. In the climate of a vague “universalism” which presumes
that virtually everybody will be saved, what does Vatican II really teach about
this most important reality?Webinar: Part I
| Part II
| Part III
| Feedback © 2013 Dr. Ralph Martin. Used with permission.
Dr. Ralph Martin
Dr. Ralph Martin is the Director
of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major
Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit (www.shms.edu
). He is also the President of Renewal Ministries (www.renewalministries.net ) a
Catholic evangelization ministry that works in more than 30 different
countries. He holds an S.T.D. from the Angelicum University in Rome. He was
appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the
New Evangelization and as an “expert” to the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.
Praying the Lord's Prayer
Dr. Dianne Marie Traflet
Traflet, J.D., S.T.D., is Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Pastoral
Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (ICSST) at Seton
Hall University, South Orange, NJ. The
founder and co-director of the Seminary’s Institute
for Christian Spirituality, Dr.
Traflet received her BA from Montclair State University and her JD from Seton
Hall University School of Law. She
practiced law for four years while earning her MA in Catholic Theology and
Pastoral Ministry from the Institute for Advanced Studies of Catholic Doctrine
at St. John's University in New York.
She then studied at St. Thomas Aquinas University (the Angelicum), Rome,
where she earned a licentiate and a doctorate in Sacred Theology, focusing on
the life and work of St. Edith Stein.
has given numerous presentations, retreats, and days of recollection here in
the United States, as well as England, Ireland, Canada and Italy, emphasizing
the spirituality of Edith Stein, as well as related topics in spiritual
She is the author of Edith
Stein: A Spiritual Portrait,
published by Pauline Media in 2008.