Institute at NALM Annual Conference
Linda Couri and Kasia Kasiarz attended the National Association for Lay Ministry Annual Conference, The Fire Within: Lay Ministry in Today's Church, May 27-31.
Pre-conference events included a roundtable for Lay Ministry Formation Directors, facilitated by Denise Simeone (National Catholic Reporter). The conference commenced with the blessing of Francis Cardinal George, who made a special appearnace. Keynote speakers included Stephen Bevans (Catholic Theological Union) and Joe Paprocki who recalled the role of the Second Vatican Council in sparking the flame of lay ministry in the church.
The conference brought together coworkers from all over the nation and world and serving at parish, diocesan, national, and university levels. In the photo, left to right: Maryellen Knuth (Lay Formation, Catholic Theological Union), Katarzyna Kasiarz (Institute for Lay Formation, USML), Graciela Sonntag (Crossing Over, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany), Harry J. Dudley (Secretariat for Catholic Education, U.S.C.C.B.), Linda Couri (Institute for Lay Formation, USML), and Mark Bersano (Institute for Pastoral Studies, Loyola University, Chicago).