Campus minister to focus on forgiveness throughout ministry, education conference

“Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness” is the focus of the Pastoral Institute’s Ministry and Education Conference set June 27-28 at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Dr. Sandra Derby,campus minister at St. Michael Catholic School in Houston, will be the facilitator for the conference, said Sister Eilish Ryan, longtime director of the institute.

“Using the theme for this year’s Catechetical Sunday, Dr. Sandra Derby will help us reflect on God’s inexhaustible mercy, forgiveness and love,” Ryan said. “Guided by Scripture and recent papal documents (Novo Mellenio Ineunte, Deus Caritas Est and Evangelii Gaudium), we will reflect on our own experience of God’s grace and our call as catechetical ministers to enliven the experience of God’s forgiveness in those we teach and serve.”

Derby holds a master’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame and her doctorate in music education from the University of Texas at Austin.  She also holds degrees in piano performance and choral conducting.

She has worked as a pastoral minister and catechist in archdioceses across the country. In addition, she has more than 30 years of experience as a music and theology teacher at the middle school, high school level and university level. Derby, who also has been a Catholic school principal, is active as a retreat facilitator, choral clinician, and staff development consultant.

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

All sessions will be in Marian Hall Ballroom in the Student Center.

 Friday, June 27

8-8:50 a.m.: Registration Desk opens for check-in. Coffee available. ¡VIVA! Bookstore opens.

9-9:30 a.m.: Welcome & Prayer

9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Session I

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Light lunch provided. Visit book exhibit.

1:15-4:15 p.m.: Session II

Saturday, June 28

8-8:50 a.m.: Registration Desk opens for check-in. Coffee available. ¡VIVA! Bookstore opens.

9-9:15 a.m.: Prayer

9:15-12:15 p.m.: Session III.

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Light lunch provided. Visit book exhibit.

1:15-4:15 p.m.: Session IV

CONFERENCE COSTS

Full conference: $50 general public ($55 after June 13); $40 a person for groups of three or more ($45 after June 13); $35 UIW graduates and students ($40 after June 14).

One day only: $40 a person for groups of three or more ($45 after June 13); $35 UIW graduates and students ($40 after June 14).

One day only per day: $30 general public ($35 after June 13); $20 UIW graduates and students ($25 after June 13).

On-campus housing available with a shared bath, $20 single a night; double $17 a person a night.

Linens provided upon request, $6 extra.

Send information and checks made payable to the University of the Incarnate Word in care of the Pastoral Institute, CPO 51, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209.

 

 

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