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"Joy of the Good News"

On November 7th, 2015 from 8am to 5pm at St. Monica Church in Barre, VT - Catholics from all over New England will be gathering for the 9th Annual VT Catholic Conference to celebrate - "Joy of the Good News."  - a call by our new bishop - Christopher Coyne, Bishop of Burlington, to show VT Catholics that we should exude Joy to the world in our faith.   Our Keynote Speaker is Fr. William (Bill) Kiel, returning to us again this year from Pennsylvania. He will present on topics of "Joy of Mary the First Christian" and "I am a Sinner." This year's conference will also include general session presentations on "Crisis in the Middle East" and "Joy of the Parish" as well as workshops on "Sainthood - Our Ultimate Joy", "Touched by an Angel" and a "Life in the Spirit Seminar."

Watch a promo video by CatholicTV and Bishop Christopher Coyne - https://youtu.be/ilE9lcfI-G4

Fr. William (Bill) Kiel

We are pleased to bring Fr. Kiel back to the Vermont Catholic Conference as a keynote speaker this year. Fr. Bill was the presenter for the "Our Father: Everyday Living" workshop at last year's Conference.

Prior to Fr. Kiel's ordination for the Diocese of Greensburg Pennsylvania in 1993, he worked as a High School Biology teacher for 22 years at Greensburg-Salem Senior High in Greensburg as well as a college Adjunct Instructor, a Supervising Teacher for student teachers, and an Interpretive Naturalist for Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Fr. Kiel retired from active parish ministry in 2013 after assignments as Parochial Vicar at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Parochial Vicar at St. Regis in Tratford, and as pastor at Saint Mary - Our Lady of Guadalupe in Kittanning, Saint John the Evangelist in Uniontown, and at Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Since his retirement, Fr. Kiel has presented days of recollection and retreats; celebrated masses with prayers and laying on of hands blessings for healing; spoken at Marian Conferences; serves as Spiritual Director for individuals, groups, and Saint Vincent Seminary; leads pilgrimages to shrines in the U.S., Canada and Europe, especially Medjugorje; presents meditations for Scripture and Mass prayers on WAOB Catholic radio.

Presentations

Keynote: The Joy of Mary the First Christian
In Mary, for the first time the Father found a dwelling place where his Son and his Spirit could dwell among men. In her the wonders of God began to be manifested.  Mary found Joy in that first, "Yes."  How can we model our own lives after Mary's example?

Keynote: I am a Sinner
An average Catholic's approach to faithfulness -- Living with faith, purpose, and passion: growing in the Joy of God.  "Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof but only say the word and my soul shall be healed."

General Session: The Joy of your Parish - (Fr. Dwight Baker, Northfield VT)
A Church building, a community of believers, the Mysteries of Christ: What is the role of the Parish in your life?  No one is saved alone.  It is with the help of the parish community that we are brought the understanding  and the love of Christ.  How can we nurture the joy of the Parish to build a stronger faith?

General Session: Crisis in the Middle East - (Fr. Benedict Kiely, Stowe VT)
Throughout the world, but especially in the Middle East, our Christian brothers and sisters are facing persecution, ethnic cleansing, martyrdom and genocide. The darkening of our world can make us fell as though there is no hope. But each of us can make a difference. "Let us do good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the Faith" Gal 6:10.

Workshop: Sainthood - Our Ultimate Joy - (Msgr. John J. McDermott, South Burlington VT)
How do we get to Heaven?  Are there certain things a person might do that will stop them from entering Heaven?  We all think of ourselves as unruly saints.   This workshop will explore the lives of unruly saints and how allowing the Grace of God to change their lives brought them into the Joy of Heaven.

Workshop: Touched by an Angel - (Fr. Lance Harlow, Williston VT)
The Church teaches the existence of angels, but what are they and what should our relationship be with them?  Did St. Michael the Archangel actually slay a dragon?  Did the Angel Gabriel really visit Mary before she conceived?  The Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels, so come learn how you're touched by an angel. 

Workshop- Life in the Spirit Seminar - (Presented by multiple speakers)
What does it mean to live your Catholic Faith in the power of the Holy Spirit? Come learn and experience it first-hand with this seminar, which has been in use for over 40 years. You'll be surprised how this outpouring of the Holy Spirit can affect every aspect of your life, empowering a stronger faith and deeper love for the Lord.

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On November 7th, 2015 from 8am to 5pm at St. Monica Church in Barre, VT - Catholics from all over New England will be gathering for the 9th Annual VT Catholic Conference to celebrate - "Joy of the Good News."  - a call by our new bishop - Christopher Coyne, Bishop of Burlington, to show VT Catholics that we should exude Joy to the world in our faith.   Our Keynote Speaker is Fr. William (Bill) Kiel, returning to us again this year from Pennsylvania. He will present on topics of "Joy of Mary the First Christian" and "I am a Sinner." This year's conference will also include general session presentations on "Crisis in the Middle East" and "Joy of the Parish" as well as workshops on "Sainthood - Our Ultimate Joy", "Touched by an Angel" and a "Life in the Spirit Seminar." 

More information and registration available at www.VTChallengers.org.

 

The Church teaches the existence of angels, but what are they and what should our relationship be with them?  Did St. Michael the Archangel actually slay a dragon?  Did the Angel Gabriel really visit Mary before she conceived?  The Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels, so come learn how you're touched by an angel.
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