Saturday, November 11, 2017

Morning Session:  10:00 – 12:00

“The Diaconate: Fundamental Issues”

Keynote Address:  Deacon William Ditewig, Ph.D., Diocese of Saint Petersburg, FL

  • Historical and Theological Insights
  • World War II and Priest-Survivors of Dachau
  • Vatican II Bishops’ Discernment
  • Vocation of the Diaconate


“Talitha koum! Little Girl, get up! * Following One’s Call Despite Ambivalence”  *(Mark 5:41)

Panelist:  Carolyn Johnson, Ed.D., Professor, Felician University, Lodi, NJ

  • Renewal – Clerical Resistance
  • Pope Paul VI – Study Suppressed
  • Pope Benedict XVI – Ambivalence
  • Pope Francis I – Another Commission


“Baptism as the Matrix of All Ministry in the Church”

Panelist:  Rev. Gerard (Jerry) Austin, O.P., S.T.D., Dominican Scholar in Residence, Barry University, Miami, FL

  • Primacy of Baptism and Eucharist among the Seven Sacraments
  • Baptismal Priesthood
  • Ministry as Historical Development
  • Clericalism’s Resurgence


Afternoon Session:  2:00 – 4:00

“Living the Call of the Holy Spirit”

Panelist:  Deacon Gretchen Peske, RN, MSN, Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA

  • Accepting God’s Plan
  • Bi-vocational Functions and Challenges


“Giving Witness: Called By Name”

Panelist:  Deacon John Monahan, JD, Diocese of Metuchen, NJ

  • Listening and Responding to the Spirit’s Call
  • Ministry of Justice


“Restoring Women Deacons: Reasons for Hope and Action”

Panelist:  Deborah Rose-Milavec, MA, Executive Director, FutureChurch, Lakewood, OH

  • Women Deacons: It’s Time!
  • Discerning the Spirit’s Call
  • Initiating an Open Dialogue
  • Reality in Action


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