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CE-01 What Did Pope Francis Mean by That?

Pope Francis seems to remake Church policy at press conferences and casual conversations …or does he? What is really going on? Who is really in charge? Learn the latest inside news and thinking from Senior CNN Vatican analyst John Allen. Learn how to reply when friends ask “What did the Pope mean by that?”

John Allen - CE-01 - Wed., March 8 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Paschal Church

CE-03 From Conflict to Communion: Commemorating the Reformation

Catholics and Lutherans are formally commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation during 2017. Will our two churches ever reunite? How might this dialog and understanding be implemented in our parishes and how can it affect our daily lives?

Rev. Alexei Smith -  CE-03 - Thurs., March 16 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Paschal Hall

CE-05 Respect for Life: The Prophetic Gift the Church Gives to the World

The 2016 election pulled Catholics into reflection on life issues. Everyone knows we are a church against abortion, but we also respect the rest of life: health care, death penalty, racism, global warming, immigration/refugees, sexism, poverty, and so much more. Life is sacred and a gift. Reflect and find your own call to action in Pope Francis’ message of service and mercy.

Fr. Chris Ponnet  - CE-05 -  Mon., March 27 -  7:30-9:00 pm - St. Mel Auditorium

CE-07 Lunchtime Food for Thought: Rules of Engagement: How Should We Support Our Church?

Is today’s culture pulling us away from Church principles? What does it mean to be religious? What myths affect our approaches to stewardship? How can we continue to engage our parishioners and our community? The answers, some of which have not changed during our history, might surprise you.

Deacon Jim Carper - CE-07 -  Fri., March 17 - 12:15-1:45 pm - St. Paschal Hall

CE-09 Lunchtime Food for Thought: Good News for Catholic Schools? Indeed!

A delegate at the Vatican’s World Congress on Education describes new trends finding their way into Catholic classrooms, schools and dioceses around our country - reversing closures and growing schools. Discover how Catholic education can thrive and grow our future Catholic faithful.

Michael Van Hecke - CE-09 - Fri., March 31 -  12:15-1:45 pm - San Buenaventura Mission, O'Brien Hall

CE-02 Middle East Politics: Christians, Crusades, and Controversies

What were the Crusades all about? How do they figure into Middle East politics with ISIS, Syria, and Iran today? What role did St. Francis play centuries ago and how about Pope Francis today about the future of the Middle East and the possibility of peace? Fr. Dave has led 12 annual archaeological pilgrimages to the Middle East and will bring his insights to this session.

Fr. Dave Heney - CE-02 - Tues., March 14 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Mel Activity Center

CE-04 Religious Freedom: It Isn't Free

Religious minorities are often the target of government persecution, but never has the tension between religious belief and governments touched so many as today. Even mainstream Christians are feeling singled out and discriminated against. Learn about the origins of this post-modern trend, and how the faithful Catholic should answer.

Glenn Dickinson -  CE-04 - Tues., March 21 -  7:30-9:00 pm  -  Padre Serra, Serra Center

CE-06 Pope Francis and Other Religions: Where Might He Be Leading Us?

As Archbishop of Buenos Aries, Pope Francis enjoyed wonderful relationships with Jews, Muslims and Evangelical Christians. How does that in uence his Papacy and us? Can we learn clues from his past that will help us understand our future under Pope Francis?

Rev. Alexei Smith - CE-06 -  Mon., March 27 -  7:30-9:00 pm - St. Julie Billiart Hall

CE-08 Pope Francis and Global Warming: Discovering the Beauty of his Encyclical on the Environment

Fr. Marinello will explain the Pope’s teachings and connect it with the liturgical life of the Church and your role in making our planet a safer place. Rediscover our call to be stewards of God manifold gifts in creation, life, and in our families.

Fr. Marinello Saguin - CE-08 -  Tues., March 28 -  7:30-9:00 pm - St. Mary Magdalen Hall

CE-10 The Persecution of Christians in History and Today

Persecutors target Christians because of our faith or the movements and causes we support. Our response to persecution must af rm the right to religious freedom, but must also lead to soul-searching. How have we come to be both hated and feared? How can we better represent Jesus Christ?

Dr. Mark Fischer - CE-10 -  Thurs., April 6 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Julie Billiart Hall