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placeholder November 18, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
Annual Faith Formation Conference:
Multicultural, multilingual event

On Nov. 22-23, the Diocese of Oakland will join with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Dioceses of Monterey, San Jose and Stockton for the annual Faith Formation Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The theme will be "Alive in the Spirit/Vivos en el Espíritu."

Wendy Scherbart, catechetical director for the Diocese of San Jose, explained, "The conference is a multicultural and multilingual event that highlights the importance of lifelong faith development and is aimed at adults to enrich their faith and strengthen their knowledge, skills and commitment to be disciples in their church and in the world."

More than 2,500 attendees are expected to come from all over Northern California to attend a variety of 105 workshops which will be offered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, and to visit more than 70 exhibits.

Scherbart said, "Parishioners and parents are encouraged to attend along with church/parish ministers including pastors, pastoral associates, school principals and teachers, catechists, liturgists, youth, young adult and social ministers. This year, on Saturday, there is a special track for environment and art."

The event provides Catholic formation, education and training in catechesis, liturgy, social justice, youth and young adult, family life, art and environment and ethnic ministry. Nationally renowned speakers include Carole Eipers, Rev. Steven Bell, Rev. Domingo Rodríguez Zambrana, Rev. Thinh Duc Pham, Sherry Weddell, Alice Camille, Tony Magliano, Leif Kehrwald, Joe Paprocki, Tony Alonso, Jared Dees, Steven Ellair and Jerry Galipeau.

On Saturday, after Eucharistic liturgy, there will be three keynotes given by: Revs. Steven Bell in English, Domingo Rodríguez Zambrana in Spanish and Thinh Duc Pham in Vietnamese.

For more information on speakers and workshops, visit www.faithformationconference.com.

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