DRAFT AGENDA FOR THE SECOND GATHERING OF
THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP NETWORK (NLN)

APRIL 11-13, 2018 | NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

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DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11:

Memorial of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr

FOCUS – BUILDING UNITY

1:00-2:00   Core Team Meeting

1:00-3:00   Arrival and Check-In – Jesse Johnson and Tracey Lamont

2:00-3:00   Task Group Meetings

·       National Leadership Network – Nick Stein/John Beaulieu

·       Phase 2 Conversations – Don Boucher/Tom East/Bob Rice

·       Encuentro and Synod Integration – Paul Jarzembowski/Patty Jimenez

·       Prayer – Fr. Alejandro Lopez-Cardinale/Christina Lamas

3:00           Welcome Session: Gathering and Introductions – Doug Tooke and Kathia Arango

·       Welcome and Opening Prayer led by timone – Prayer Triads/Quads  -- introduce National Dialogue Official Prayer (15 Minutes)

·       Roll Call of National Leadership Network (10 Minutes)

·       Review of Schedule and Meeting Goals (15 Minutes)

o   Assignment of Prayer Partners, and Ministry Areas for Meals

o   Assignment of Small Groups

·       Interactive Introductions Activity (30 Minutes)

·       Overview of the Goals of the NLN, fruits of the ND by John Beaulieu (15 Minutes)

4:45           Break

5:15           Opening Mass: Bishop Cepeda, Celebrant and Homilist

6:00           Dinner with Ministry Area

7:00           Session 1, Part 1: Overview of Year Two Conversations (Focus will be on sharing about the dialogue and then asking them to think through how they will implement and support) — Dr. Bob Rice and Don Boucher to facilitate.

·       Brainstorm ways this can work in ministry area groups

·       Contextualization

·       Momentum-building

·       Pathways to Success

8:30           Session 1, Part 2: Preparing Leaders to Facilitate Conversations (Focus will be on sharing about how we are envisioning training and then asking them to share in triads, and then large group, about this topic.) – Tom East to facilitate

·       Who are my facilitators?

·       What do they need?

9:30           Wine, Cheese, and Dessert Social – MaryElise Zellmer and Colin Nykaza to Host


DAY 2 – THURSDAY, APRIL 12:

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter

FOCUS – PHASE 2 CONVERSATIONS

7:30           Liturgy of the Hours (available) – John Beaulieu

8:00           Breakfast with Prayer Partners

8:45           Announcements and Prayer – Doug and Kathia

9:00           Board Buses for Newark CYO Center

9:45           Session 2: Bridge-Building: Deep Listening and Vulnerable Sharing– Kristin Witte/Nick Stein (NLN Task group will put parameters around this and then have Doug and Kathia and Bishop Caggiano (20 minutes) facilitate. This is where we will introduce our touchstones for deep listening and mutual dialogue to prepare the participants for vulnerable sharing on Thursday.)

10:45         Session 3, Part 1: An Experience of Dialogue (Small Groups of 6 plus one facilitator per group)

12:15         Break

12:30         Lunch with Ministry Area

1:15           Session 3, Part 2: Debriefing of Dialogue Experience – Kathia and Doug to facilitate in large group.

2:15           V Encuentro and XV Synod Updates – Paul Jarzembowski and Ken Johnson-Mondragan

2:45           Break

3:15           Prayer Service with Confession, Exposition, Adoration, and Benediction: Bishop Caggiano, Celebrant (Focus on Reconciling as part of our unity-building theme, including collective Examination of Conscience for the fields of youth and young adult ministry.) Mark Berchem to assist

4:30           Break

4:45           Daily Mass: Bishop Caggiano, Celebrant and Homilist.

5:30           Group Picture

Dinner with Task Groups

6:30           Session 4: “Dialogue is our Method”: USCCB Panel Discussion on Pope Francis’ Call to Engage with Youth and Young Adults (Kathia and Doug facilitate. We will ask for questions in advance and as people arrive on Wednesday. Pre-Selected questions asked from the floor.)

“Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose his offer of love (Mt 20:1-16).

The path ahead, then, is dialogue among yourselves, dialogue in your presbyterates, dialogue with lay persons, dialogue with families, dialogue with society. I cannot ever tire of encouraging you to dialogue fearlessly. The richer the heritage which you are called to share with parrhesia, the more eloquent should be the humility with which you should offer it. Do not be afraid to set out on that “exodus” which is necessary for all authentic dialogue. Otherwise, we fail to understand the thinking of others, or to realize deep down that the brother or sister we wish to reach and redeem, with the power and the closeness of love, counts more than their positions, distant as they may be from what we hold as true and certain. Harsh and divisive language does not befit the tongue of a pastor, it has no place in his heart; although it may momentarily seem to win the day, only the enduring allure of goodness and love remains truly convincing.”

-       Excerpt from ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER, MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Cathedral of Saint Matthew, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A helpful background article can be found here.

8:00           Depart CYO Center for Hotel

9:00 Wine, Cheese, and Dessert Social – Trivia Night -- MaryElise Zellmer and Colin Nykaza to Host
 


DAY 3 – FRIDAY, APRIL 13:

Optional Memorial of St. Martin I, Pope

FOCUS – MISSION

7:30           Liturgy of the Hours (available) – John Beaulieu

8:00           Breakfast with Prayer Partner

8:45           Prayer (Theme: Mission) led by Juan Pablo – Prayer Partner and Lectio on Gospel of the Day?

9:00           Session 5: So How Do We Begin?

Radical Hospitality and Dialogue – Facilitated by Katherine Angulo and Doug Tooke

·       Entering the Conversations

·       Collaboration and Connectivity

·       Your Roadmap for Year Two

·       Practical Next Steps

o   Report from NLN members on what they are committing to do

·       APP

·       Facilitator registration form

·       September Meeting Focus (e.g. Reaching out to unaffiliated and engaging them in conversation) and asking for additional topics/speakers

11:00         Closing Mass: Celebrant: Bishop Cepeda; Homilist: Fr. Abraham

12:00         Departure

12:30-1:30 National Leadership Network Task Group Evaluation Meeting

 

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