All presenters have agreed to stay on for the 2020 Alumni Reunion as it is reworked as a virtual conference. Please note that the titles are subject to change as the planning comes together.
Title: “Keeping the Faith While Spreading the Gospel”
For experienced pastors, deacons, youth ministers, catechists, and lay persons involved in ministry, this keynote will be a great spiritual boost for anyone who brings the Gospel to others. To be “around” faith is not the same thing as having faith. With spiritual and practical suggestions on keeping our own faith strong, this keynote is designed, with a little humor, to keep us from mistaking our own spiritual journey with our frequent professional “near faith experiences.”
Title: “Creating a Culture of Grace”
In the sacraments, we experience a true foretaste of heaven. You likely have experienced it firsthand. Perhaps you’ve even thought, “If everyone knew what I knew, they would ALL be here!” Well … they don’t know what they don’t know. In a culture steeped in consumerism, we have made even the reception of the sacraments a transaction. This keynote seeks to bring greater richness to both our sacramental preparation and sacramental experiences, so that our parish gathers not as consumers of sacraments but as a community steeped in a culture of God’s grace.
Steve Angrisano is this year’s keynote speaker. He graduated from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in 2019 with a master’s in theology. For many years, Angrisano has created music for worship with OCP and has been featured at six World Youth Days, the National Pastoral Musicians Conference (NPM), the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, National Catholic Youth Conferences (NCYC), and many other national and international events.
Title: “Cardinal Newman: A Saint for our Time”
This talk looks at the life of John Henry Newman in light of his impact on the modern Church. Newman’s pastoral approach to philosophy and theology will be considered through his work as a teacher, school principal and religious administrator.
Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, is president-rector of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Fr. Denis attended the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, where he received a master’s degree in theology in 2002, a licentiate in sacred theology in 2003, and doctorates in sacred theology and philosophy in 2007. He is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality from the Catholic University of America.
Title: “Praying with Icons”
Within the Eastern tradition of Christianity, the icon, or religious image, long has held a place of honor. Western Christianity, too, has its traditions of using sacred images for prayer and worship. In this workshop, learn what an icon is and how it can be used in liturgical, devotional, and catechetical ways.
Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB, is the director of graduate programs at Saint Meinrad. Her research and teaching interests include Church art, especially iconography, and monastic studies. Her book, Icons in the Western Church: Toward a More Sacramental Encounter, was published by Liturgical Press in 2016.
Title: “Global Friendship: The Story of a Well in Togo”
This workshop tells the story of a water well constructed in Togo in 2017. The real story, though, is one of friendship. This friendship has reached around the globe to create a network of people, many with a tie to Saint Meinrad, who share a common goal: the health and well-being of a small West African village on the outskirts of Datcha, Togo. Through Dr. Baker’s partnership, this network of people has supported the construction of a water well and two village latrine buildings. And the story continues with plans to replace a deteriorating school building. Come hear the story of how this special friendship is changing the lives of so many.
Dr. Kimberly Baker is an associate professor of Church history at Saint Meinrad.