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Convocation 2000

16 January 1998


c.gif (1084 bytes)hrist calls his people to holiness and mission. Convocation 2000: Christ Calls His people is a three day reflection and celebration of mission and ministry based on the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Utilizing keynote addresses, liturgies, workshop sessions, commercial and apostolate exhibits, special youth programs, social gatherings and entertainment, this event will prepare laity, clergy, religious and educators to be better equipped to answer Christ's call in the Church of the Third Christian Millennium.

Convocation 2000 is being held Thursday, Jan. 15 to Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Washington Convention Center.

A few keynote speakers from Catholic University include:

Peter Newburn Campus Ministry "Single-Hearted Devotion: Challenges and Opportunities in the Single Life":

Workshop Session 1: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 Workshop Session 8: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17

This workshop will address the particular challenges and opportunities of being single. It will consider how one may discover God's unique call and blessing as a single adult in today's society. Using personal story-telling and sharing of life experiences, this workshop will examine scriptural models and Christian principles to provide support and insight for the challenge to love God and love one another in relationships.

John Grabowski Associate Professor, Theology "Family, Catechesis, and the Mystery of Human Sexuality"

Workshop 2: 8-9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16

This workshop will highlight the role of family in evangelization and catechesis. It will offer an overview of the Catholic understanding of the mystery of human sexuality and consider steps toward effective catechesis: If, as Vatican II teaches, Christ fully reveals us to ourselves and this includes human sexuality, then the starting point for effective catechesis about sexuality is the person of Jesus. Catholics must avoid the trap of reducing morality to law which has plagued the Church for the last four centuries. Who can forget the perennial question, ":How far can we go on a date without sinning?" Such a question cannot be answered directly without falling into legalism or laxism. To be a disciple entails more than avoiding sin - it means the pursuit of holiness.

The Church tells us that parents should be the first and primary teachers of their children in the area of sexuality. It does not say that they must be the only teachers.

Catholicism is not prudery and chastity is not repression. For Pope John Paul II, chastity is the self-possession which makes self-giving possible in a manner appropriate for married, single, and celibate Christians.

Peter Casarella Associate Professor, Theology "The Word of God as a Personal and Sacramental Encounter with Jesus Christ" (in Spanish)

Workshop Session 8: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17

This workshop presents a Roman Catholic understanding of how the Bible is read, interpreted and lived out in the Christian life. The immediate context for treating this topic is that so many Hispanics have been attracted to pentecostal and fundamentalist groups, in which the personal appropriation of Scripture by each individual is key.

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