Rev. Allan F. Deck SJ
Dear Friends in Ministry,
The Convocation was a wonderful experience at Notre Dame. I write to share the results of the evaluation instrument and inform you about post-Convocation developments. Our website features updated information and resources on our Convocation as well as an evaluation of the event.
The over-all rating was good to excellent in all categories with very large percentages giving a rating of excellent. We owe this to the hard work of all the committees and to the support of the University of Notre Dame, our many supporters and to you who participated so thoughtfully and enthusiastically.
Here are the elements of the post-Convocation activities:
- Our pre-Convocation resources including the reflection papers for each of the families is located in our toolkit section: /ccdnc/toolkit.shtml
- Many Convocation resources like the remarks of the six witnesses are also there along with the texts of Bishop Soto’s welcoming address, Archbishop Gregory’s and Bishop DaCuña homilies, Archbishop Sambi’s conference and the live-streaming along with a briefer five-minute video that recaps the whole event.
- You will also find some examples of how the Convocation methodology is being already being implemented in pastoral settings throughout the country.
- Staff is currently working on a simple outline or template of the Convocation process for possible replication in dioceses, parishes, schools or organizations where there is considerable cultural, racial or ethnic diversity. Stay tuned for this resource.
- The Intercultural Competence for Ministers Program including guidelines is almost complete and will be reviewed in June by the bishops of the Cultural Diversity Committee. We expect the Program to undergo discussion at the bishops’ November meeting in Baltimore. The final product and plan for implementation should become available in 2011.
- The Convocation theological reflection process facilitated by Dr. Peter Casarella
of DePaul University is underway. Twenty-five theologians met immediately after
the Convocation at Notre Dame and did an initial debriefing on the experience.
Dr. Casarella will be reporting on their plans in a few weeks.
- The Digital Media Department of the USCCB and New Group Media together with the Cultural Diversity Secretariat are working on a 20 minute video and study guide that will be available on the website in September.
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Thank you for your support of the Catholic Cultural Diversity Network Convocation and the U.S. bishops’ priority on recognition of cultural diversity. We expect to stay in touch with you and ask you to stay in touch with us through our online resources.
Yours in Christ,
Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ