On Saturday, adult catechists to gather at St. Joe’s Seminary

It’s often said that religious education ends for most people around the time that their braces come off.

This Saturday (June 6), the Cathechetical Office of the Archdiocese of NY will hold an all-day forum on adult faith formation at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers.

The idea is to give support, ideas and training to pastors, educators and anyone in the parishes of New York who try to help adults grow in their faith.

Interestingly, the much of the conference will be presented in English and Spanish, as the archdiocese is increasingly becoming an Hispanic church.

Jerry Galipeau, associate publisher at World Library Publications, will give the English keynote. He presents workshops around the country on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, liturgical spirituality, ritual music, evangelization, and adult spiritual formation.

Sr. Maria Luz Ortiz, national consultant for Catechesis for Hispanic Catholics for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Religion Publishers, will deliver the Spanish keynote. She has been in the catechetical field for more than 35 years, serving in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Columbia, and parts of the United States. NOTE: HER APPEARANCE HAS SINCE BEEN CANCELED.

The conference will feature representatives of 16 of the lay ecclesial movements active in the archdiocese, including Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Lamp Ministries, Focolare, Cursillo, Pax Christi, the Neocatechumenate Way, and Communion and Liberation. Also, Maryknoll Bro. John Blazo and two affiliates will talk about their experiences as Maryknoll missioners.

For info or to register, visit www.Nyfaithformation.org or call 646-794-2692.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.