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Transitions in Faith:
Young Adulthood and Beyond

Notre DameOn May 23 –27, 2004 the University of Notre Dame's Office of Campus Ministry in collaboration with: The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Catholic Campus Ministry Association, Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry, National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association, National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, held an important symposium aimed at addressing the needs of young people in the Church and society today.

Together we envisioned a gathering of North American campus ministers from colleges and universities, diocesan directors of youth and young adult ministry. As a result, we were very happy to welcome 360 participants representing 115 different institutions of higher learning from throughout North America and from 40 dioceses.

As a means of keeping the dialogue alive after those important days we have presented on this website all of the presentations delivered by our keynote speakers and workshop presenters. For those of you who were unable to attend we hope this proves especially helpful in your ministry.

May this gathering act as a spark to further collaboration between all engaged in this important ministry in our world today.

Keynote Presentations:

  • Opening Keynote - Dr. Scott Appleby is a professor of history here at the University of Notre Dame were he also directs Notre Dame's Joan B. Kroc center for International Peace Studies. A renowned and prolific speaker and author, his scholarship focuses on the history of religion, world religions, and religion and public policy.

  • Cultural Transitions - Sharon Daloz Parks is an Associate Director and Faculty member at the Whidbey Institute in Clinton , WA , former Associate Professor at the Harvard Divinity School and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
  • Church Transitions - Robert Ludwig was the long time Director of Campus Ministry at DePaul University and is currently beginning a new position as Director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago .
  • Evangelization - Archbishop Michael Sheehan has served as the archbishop of Santa Fe , New Mexico since 1993. He is a member of several committees of the USCCB, and is the Episcopal Moderator for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association.
  • Spirituality and Religion - Rev. James Bacik is a Pastor, Author, Campus Minister at Corpus Christi University Parish at the University of Toledo.
  • Catechesis - Dr. Michael Horan is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Religious Education at Loyola Marymount University , Los Angeles , California
  • Sexuality and Relationships - Sr. Fran Ferder, f.s.p.a. and Rev. John Heagle Fran Ferder is a clinical psychologist and a part-time faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University . John Heagle is a licensed psychotherapist and is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University .
  • Social Justice - Kathleen Maas-Weigert is the Director of the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service at Georgetown University and Research Professor in both Sociology and the Program on Justice and Peace.
  • Multicultural Church - Fr. Allen Deck, S.J . is closely involved in Hispanic ministry on a pastoral level, as the director of Hispanic ministry for the Diocese of Orange County .
  • Discipleship - Dr. Michael Higgins is the President and Vice-Chancellor of St.  Jerome's University, Waterloo , Ontario , Canada were he also teaches in the departments of English and Religious Studies.

Workshops Presented:

African-American Student Ministry       
Chandra Johnson
Director, African-American Student Ministry,
University of Notre Dame

Asian/Asian-American Student Ministry
Priscilla Wong
Director, Asian-American Student Ministry,
University of Notre Dame

Latino Student Ministry         
Fernando Moreno
Director, Campus Ministry,
Loyola Marymount University

Developing Student Leaders
Michael Galligan Stierle, Ph.D.
Asst. Secretary for Catholic Higher Education and Campus Ministry,
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Evangelization and the Media
Fr. Brett Hoover, csp and Mike Hayes
Director, Paulist Young Adult Ministries

Evangelizing the Un-churched
Tim Kruse
Director of Small Christian Communities,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Faith in Action Service Learning on Campus
William Lies, CSC (Executive Director, Center for Social Concerns)
Annie Cahill Kelly
Colleen Knight Santoni
Andrea Smith Shappell,
Center for Social Concerns,
University of Notre Dame

Sexuality & Relationships,
Fran Ferder, F.S.P.A . and Rev. John Heagle
Directors, Therapy and Renewal Associates, Archdiocese of Seattle

Parish Young Adult Ministry         
Michelle Miller
Executive Director, National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association

High School Youth Ministry         
Robert McCarty
Executive Director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Small Faith Sharing Groups
Leah Thomas
Campus RENEW and Young Adult Ministries, RENEW International

Inter-Denominational and Inter-Faith Activities
Kate Fagan Taylor
Roman Catholic Chaplain,
University of Victoria

Prayer and Worship On Campus
Paul H. Colloton, OP
Director of Continuing Education, National Association of Pastoral Musicians

Discernment and Discipleship
Christine Wilcox, OP
Director, Young Adult Ministry, Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco


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