Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Vineyard Colloquia Speakers 2010-11

We are privileged to announce: the first Vineyard Colloquia speakers!

"Opportunities and Challenges in Lay Ministry"
September 19, 2010, 7pm
The President's Room, Toner Center
Sr. Kate Dooley, O.P.

Sister Kate Dooley, O.P. is a Sinsinawa (WI) Dominican Sister who teaches at Dominican University in River Forest, Il. For the past twenty five years she taught in The School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. She holds an M.A. from the Catholic University of America, a M.Th. from Harvard Divinity School, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Dr. Dooley has published widely in catechetical and liturgical journals, and written a number of texts and resource materials for religious education. She is one of the General Editors for the Benziger series, Christ Jesus the Way. Other publications are To Listen and Tell: Commentary on the Introduction to the Lectionary for Masses with Children (Washington, D.C.: Pastoral Press, 1993); co-edited The Echo Within: Emerging Issues in Religious Education (Allen, Texas: Thomas More, 1997); and is currently working on Be What You Celebrate on liturgical catechesis. She has received numerous national awards, including the National Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Liturgical Life of the American Church (Georgetown Center for Liturgy, 2005) and the Emmaus Award for Excellence in Catechesis (National Catholic Education Association/National Association of Parish Catechetical Leaders, 2005).

"The Lay Vocation to Ecclesial Ministry"
January 25, 2011, 4pm
Todd Graff

Todd Graff currently serves as the Director of the Office of Ministry Formation for the diocese of Winona. Todd received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and his Master of Arts degree in Theology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. Previous to coming to the diocese, he served as a campus minister at Creighton University and as a high school religion teacher and campus minister at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, IL. He came to the Diocese of Winona in August, 1990, to serve as the Coordinator of Social Action Programs for Catholic Charities. In December, 1999, he assumed his present position. Todd is married to Laurie Ziliak and the father of six children - Isaac, Jesse, Nathan, Samuel, Sophia, and Hannah.

"On The Spirituality of Youth Ministry"
March 18, 4pm.
Rich Curran

Rich Curran is a SMU alum (and current student in the Institute for Pastoral Ministries program) who, after being seriously injured sledding down our bluff (really), changed directions with his life and ended up serving for years as the director of youth ministry for the diocese of Green Bay. He has since been doing consulting with parishes, religious and secular organizations, and speaking on a variety of faith-based topics. A video of Rich's work these days is on his site, under "media." He is going to speak to our majors March 18th on the spirituality that is born out of engaging in youth ministry.