ZEAL Summit calls faithful to take Gospel to outer edges of the modern world

FORT WAYNE — The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend’s Office of Catechesis will hold its first annual ZEAL Missionary Discipleship Summit from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Bishop Dwenger High School, 1300 E. Washington Center Rd., Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Oct. 10. The all-day conference spring-boarded from the former Catechetical Institute Day for DREs and catechists and is the office’s response to Pope Francis’ focus on evangelizing all the faithful, equipping them to take the Gospel to the peripheries of the modern world.

This event is open to any adult currently serving the Church through a ministry, teaching others or seeking growth in his or her personal faith journey. The cost is $20 and participants must be preregistered and prepaid to attend.

The schedule for the inspiring day includes registration at 8 a.m. with Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades and Oblate of St. Francis of de Sales Father Mike Depcik at 9 a.m. Morning snack and Ministry, Service and Publisher fair, offering a variety of parish and community-based ministries, at 10 a.m. with keynote address presented by popular co-authors and call-in radio program personalities Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak at 10:30 a.m. Following the 11:30 a.m. break, morning workshops will begin at 11:45 a.m. and conclude for lunch break and ministry fair at 12:45 p.m. Afternoon break-out sessions will begin at 2 p.m. Closing prayer and commissioning will take place at 3:10 p.m. with dismissal at 3:30 p.m.

Father Mike Depcik, from the Archdiocese of Detroit and one of only 10 deaf priests in the world, will offer both a morning and afternoon workshop for the deaf. Interpreter services will be provided upon request with registration.

In addition to the keynote address “Radical Love: Living the Catholic Difference in Relationship” with the Popcaks, a rich variety of workshop sessions from parenting and signed Mass for the deaf to evangelizing with digital technology and intentional discipleship will be offered.

Sessions on Enrichment and Personal Formation

• Living the Catholic Difference in Marriage
Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

 

• The Good News about Suffering
Dr. Thomas McGovern

 

• The Year of Mercy and the Writings of Pope Francis
Dr. John O’Callaghan

 

• Dignity and Vocation of Women
Deb Baum

 

• Difficult Choices: A Catholic Perspective on Health Care at the End of Life
Dr. Eustace Fernandes

 

• Complementarity in Parenting
Meg Hanlon

 

• Scriptural Images of Marriage
Anthony Pagliarini

 

• Understanding the Catholic Mass Part 1
Father Michael Depcik
(American Sign Language)

 

• Fostering a Charism of Hospitality
Claire and John Fyrqvist

 

• Building a Personal Prayer Life

Sessions on Best Practices

• How to Form an Odd Generation: The Gift of Catholic Millennials to the Church
Justin Bartkus

 

• Pope Francis and the Missionary Call to Accompany Couples at the Peripheries
Fred Everett

 

• Raising Children in the Theology of the Body
Lisa Marino

 

• One Body, One Family: The Value of Diversity and Inclusion
James and Wendy Summers

 

• Called by Name: Reflections for the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Pastoral Outreach to Those with Special Needs
Mary O’Callaghan

• Forming Intentional Disciples
in the Parish
Cindy Black

 

• Everyday Evangelizing
Panel Discussion

 

• Screens: Digital Mission Territory
Nate Proulx and Cory Heimann

 

• Engaging Families
Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak and Panel

 

• Understanding the Catholic Mass Part 2
Father Michael Depcik
(American Sign Language)

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