Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Travel Day/Conference Opening

  • 5 p.m. - Mass
  • 6 p.m. - Social
  • 6:30 p.m. - Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. - Welcome, Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C.
  • 7:45 p.m. - Opening Address with Fr. Nate Wills, C.S.C.
    • Evangelizing the next generation unites many facets of ministry, all with the aim of seeking greater missionary creativity at our Holy Cross institutions. Here, we will acknowledge the generational markers of ourselves and those we serve; examine the gap between social fragmentation and Christian integration; and explore what it takes not only to survive, but to thrive in ministry.

    • Constitution 2:15-16: “Our concern for the dignity of every human being as God’s cherished child directs our care. Wherever we work we assist others not only to recognize and develop their own gifts but also to discover the deepest longing in their lives. And, as in every work of our mission, we find that we ourselves stand to learn much from those whom we are called to teach.

Friday, June 16, 2017
Theme: Diagnosis of the Situation

  • 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 8:45 a.m. - Morning Prayer
  • 9:30 a.m. - Session 1: Generational Milieu with Brett Robinson
    • We are all formed in a particular culture—time and place and customs—that we tend to take for normative and perhaps even ideal. But customs shift and cultures are reconstituted in every generation. In this session, we will review previous generational markers and put these into dialogue with the distinctive marks of a current digital culture.

    • Constitution 2:12: "As disciples of Jesus we stand side by side with all people. Like them we are burdened by the same struggles and beset by the same weaknesses; like them we hope for a world where justice and love prevail. Thus, wherever we go as educators in the faith to those whose lot we share, supporting men and women of grace and goodwill everywhere in their efforts to form communities of the coming kingdom."

  • 11 a.m. - Facilitated Session by Ministry Group
  • 12 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1 p.m. - Session 2: The Gap Between Professed and Operative Ways of Being with Colleen Moore and Josh Noem
    • Christian formation aims at wholeness in Christ, but many of our current cultural practices incite fragmentation. This fragmentation attenuates the capacity for commitment, specifically in our conception of identity, branding, technology and intimacy. How might we foster integration in ourselves and those entrusted to our care so as to close the gap between professed and operative ways of being?

    • Constitution 3:22: "Our thoughts are not easily God's thoughts, nor our wills God's will. But as we listen to God and converse with God, our minds will be given to understand God and God's designs. The more we come through prayer to relish what is right, the better we shall work in our mission for the realization of the kingdom." 

  • 2:30 p.m. - Workshops
  • 4 p.m. - Congregation of Holy Cross Jubilarian Mass
  • 6 p.m. - Dinner
  • 8 p.m. - Social

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Theme: Cultivation of Behavior and Disposition

  • 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 8:45 a.m. - Morning Prayer
  • 9:30 a.m. - Session 3: Flourishing in Ministry with Matt Bloom
    • Ministry is personal, both in terms of who is served and who is serving. The person of the minister is the focus of this session with the aim of flourishing in ministry: not just surviving but thriving. Authentic ministry depends, in part, on the wellbeing of the minister who is a resource and witness for those they serve. Specific emphasis will be placed on restorative activity and essential relationships.

    • Constitution 4:39: "We are people who work. We are, as well, people who need to be revitalized after that work. Each local community needs to provide some measure of domestic privacy where we can be at home among ourselves and find an enclosure of silence for prayer, recreation, study and rest."

  • 11 a.m. - Facilitated Session by Ministry Group
  • 12 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1 p.m. - Break
  • 3 p.m. - Session 4: Missionary Creativity with Fr. Dan Issing, C.S.C.
    • “We should not be trapped into wasting our energy in doleful laments, but rather seek new forms of missionary creativity. In every situation that presents itself, the Church is conscious of the need to offer a word of truth and hope…” Amoris Laetitia 57). If we consider our own college and university cultures, what do we hope our graduates value and practice, both upon graduation and decades from now? How do we proclaim that vision in our ministry and form our students to profess and embody the truth of the cross, our only hope?

    • Constitution 5:52: "Our commitment is the same wherever we are, but we seek to express it in a manner rooted in and enriched by the varying contexts and cultures in which we live. In this way we hope to make our witness and service more effective for the kingdom."

  • 4:30 p.m. - Facilitated Session by College
  • 6 p.m. - Closing Mass
  • 7 p.m. - Closing Banquet
  • 9 p.m. - Social

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Travel Day

7:30 -8:45 a.m. - Continental Breakfast