Pastoral Institute plans summer workshop, conference

The president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians will lead the 16th Annual Pastoral Music Workshop June 17-18 at the University of the Incarnate Word.
The workshop is part of the 2011 Pastoral Institute at UIW directed by Sister Eilish Ryan. Another special part of the summer program will be the Ministry and Education Conference which will look at “Vatican II – 50 Years Later.”

Dr. J. Michael McMahon, director of music at St. Agnes Catholic Parish in Arlington, Va., will
conduct “An Evening of Song, Prayer and Reflection” to open the music workshop 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 17, in Our Lady’s Chapel.

The music workshop continues 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, in CHRISTUS Heritage Hall at the Village at Incarnate Word where the focus will be on “New Words, New Songs: The New Roman Missal and the Call to Continuing Liturgical Renewal.”

McMahon holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh; master’s degree in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame; Master of Divinity degree in theology from Washington Theological Union; and Doctorate of Ministry degree in theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Ministry and Education Conference
Presentations for the Ministry and Education Conference will be led June 24-25 by certified spiritual director Camilla Chedester, who teaches adult catechtical courses for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Chedester holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theological studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She has been working in religious education, youth ministry and retreat ministry for 25 years in the Galveston-Houston and Austin dioceses. She has taught theology at Reicher Catholic High School in Waco.

Sessions with Chedester will take place 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. both days in Marian Hall Ballroom.

“Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council,” Ryan said. “This call of aggiornamento was meant to revitalize the Catholic Church and to reveal God’s splendor to the world. In preparation for this anniversary, we will look at how we are doing with the task the Council put before us.

“In a world that is slowly turning away from God, the Council documents provide some specific ways by which teachers and ministers can cooperate with the Holy Spirit in stirring up the flames of faith that are necessary for conversion during this new ‘springtime of faith’ that Pope John Paul II indicated was upon us.”

Dr. J. Michael McMahon

Camilla Chedester


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