Diocesan leaders and ministry coordinators will have a unique opportunity Oct. 6 to learn about FORMED, a Catholic resource for evangelization and faith formation, during the FORMED Diocesan Evangelization Conference.
Registration is open until Sept. 29 for the day-long event, which will be held in St. David the King Parish, 1 New Village Road, Princeton Junction, and is sponsored by the diocesan Department of Catechesis. An 8:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Father Timothy Capewell, St. David the King pastor, opens the conference, followed by talks, lunch and breakout sessions until 4 p.m. closing prayer.
FORMED, a production of The Augustine Institute, aims to provide digital Catholic educational resources to all who wish to be better formed in their faith. The diocesan conference is open to priests, deacons, catechetical leaders, coordinators of youth ministry, catechists, sacramental preparation leaders and key parish volunteers.
Conference speakers will include Josue Arriola, director of the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Family Life, who will present “Together in Mission.” Also three FORMED representatives, Sean Dalton, director of parish evangelization; Dan Donaldson, director of diocesan and strategic partnerships; and Luis Soto, director of parish implementation and Hispanic outreach, will address the gathering on “FORMED: Evangelization in a Digital Age” and “The FORMED P.L.A.N. and Parish Implementation Working Session.
With more than 25 years of leadership experience – including campus, parish and diocesan youth ministries – Dalton served for seven years as the western director for FOCUS before joining the Augustine Institute in July 2013. His passion is small group discipleship with teens and adults, and he directs YDisciple – an intuitive online platform designed to help parents and parishes cooperate to reach teens more effectively with the Gospel. Dalton and his wife, Jean, live in Littleton, Co. with their five children.
As director of diocesan and strategic partnerships, Donaldson works with the international parish consultant team, dioceses and other apostolates. He joined The Augustine Institute in 2015 after a successful 20-year corporate career in order to help spread the Gospel worldwide. He and his wife have five children and reside in Highlands Ranch, Co.
Before joining The Augustine Institute, Soto was director of ministry development at the Catholic Leadership Institute, and prior to that, was part of the founding team and executive director of Hispanic Ministry and Centro San Juan Diego, the Hispanic Leadership Institute for Pastoral and Family Life of the Archdiocese of Denver. Soto holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a Master’s degree in Theology.
Along with the keynote addresses, breakout sessions will also be offered for persons serving in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, family formation, youth, marriage and small group ministries, sacramental preparation and adult faith formation.
Participants must register through their parish, using a form provided to each pastor. For more information on the conference, contact Doreen Griffin-Gallway, 609-403-7144.
To learn more about FORMED and The Augustine Institute, visit http://formed.org.