Amarillo—The seventh annual Diocesan Faith Formation Conference for all parish leaders, catechists, Catholic school teachers, lectors, RCIA leaders, parents and all involved in parish ministry will take place Saturday, Aug. 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1200 South Washington.
Registration begins at 8:30am, with Bishop Patrick J. Zurek leading Morning Prayer at 9:00. Also participating in Morning Prayer will be St. Laurence Church guitarist Natalie Zamora.
Bishop Zurek was installed as the eighth Bishop of Amarillo on Feb. 22, 2008. He was ordained a priest in St. Peter’s Basilica by Blessed Paul VI on June 29, 1975. He served as a priest in the Diocese of Austin until his episcopal ordination as Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio by then-Archbishop Patrick F. Flores on Feb. 16, 1998.
After Morning Prayer, Bishop Zurek will address attendees, followed by presentations from two keynote speakers.
John Collins, a National Religion Consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc., will present a morning talk on Opening the Door of Faith in your Catechetical Program. His talk will answer the question What do your students, catechists and parents need to want to come in? He will also speak after lunch on Sparking the Fire of Faith and Mercy.
School Sister of Notre Dame Sister Beatriz Martinez from the Diocese of Dallas will offer a talk in Spanish on Enciende el Fuego de la Fe y la Misericordia.
Cost of the conference is $15.00 per person and includes lunch. For more information, contact Sister María Elena Ferrer, SSND, Coordinator of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Amarillo at 383-2243, ext. 113. Registration and payment for the conference can be made