Morning Sessions

Simultaneous Sessions


These smaller sessions gather speakers around related topics. Participants choose one topic from a group of simultaneous morning sessions and one topic from a group of simultaneous afternoon sessions. Participants will pre-register for which sessions they would like to attend. Each session is assigned a moderator to introduce speakers and field questions.


Simultaneous Morning Sessions

11:00am - 12:30pm





The New Evangelization and Media: Future Directions


Fruits of the Council:
Religious Freedom
and Gospel Proclamation

Catholic Education and the Church

Pat Gillespie

Rev. Gabriel de Chadarévian, OP

Dr. Christine Jones 

John O’Brien, SJ

Rev. Martin Moser, OMI

Dr. Adrienne Castellon 



Rev. Dr. Mark Hagemoen, PH

Question Period

Question Period

Question Period


Vatican II and the New Evangelization: Media, and Diocese

Pat Gillespie
Archdiocesan and Parish Challenges and Solutions in the New Evangelization

John O'Brien, SJ
Evangelization and New Media (The Blogosphere and Beyond)
Paul VI famously called the mass media a modern and effective version of the pulpit, and the Church has attempted to make use of it ever since, with a mixed record of success. This talk will survey past, present and future directions for effective use of the new media, as well as suggest a complimentary role that the Church must play of being a prophetic voice of sacramentality in a world increasingly characterized by virtual reality and disincarnate consciousness. In line with insights offered by Marshall McLuhan, Albert Borgmann and others, I suggest there is a twin need for the Gospel to be preached intelligently and creatively in the digital areopagus, as well as a recovery of the profound incarnate experiences of communal celebration, prayer and silence.


Fruits of the Council: Religious Freedom and Gospel Proclamation

Fr. Gabriel de Chadarévian OP
Renewal of Preaching for the New Evangelization in the Light of Vatican II
With over 100 references to “preaching”, the Vatican II documents are the delight of the Friar Preacher, the Dominican that I am who is also a teacher and a pastor involved in a parish that is energetically invested in evangelisation. Basing myself on the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul and the Church Fathers, I will try to emphasise the urgency of “Kerygma”, the Spirit-filled “pentecostal” proclamation of the Paschal Mystery in liturgical preaching (the “homily”) to revive the faith of the practicing Catholic faithful and to “fan into flames” their missionary witness and zeal for the Gospel.

Fr. Martin Moser, OMI
Religious Freedom and World Religions
On October 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, Pope Benedict XVI commented on the influence of Vatican II.  He noted that it was two minor documents, the Declaration on Religious Freedom and the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions whose importance has only gradually come to light in the context of the reception of the Council today.  These two documents will be considered briefly.  How have they influenced and changed our thinking in the Church regarding freedom of religion as well as the role of other religions – Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other religious traditions?


Catholic Education and the Church

Dr. Christine Jones
Education and the New Evangelization

Dr. Adrienne Castellon
Horizoning of Significance for Families Today
This talk will take a broad look at Charles Taylor's concept of 'horizons of significance'.  It will seek to answer several questions such as: What comprises the 'horizons of significance' for families today? What challenges does this pose for Catholic educators seeking to induct the young into the Roman Catholic Church and to a life with Christ? What can educational leaders practically do to infuse families' 'horizons of significance' with a Catholic worldview?

Rev. Dr. Mark Hagemoen, PH
Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities: Relating Themes of the New Evangelization to Catholic Higher Education in the Early Part of The 21st Century
Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have articulated several integral themes regarding the development of the New Evangelization. This presentation will focus on three major themes: a) Christocentric emphasis; b) the task of all the People of God; c) emphasis on a renewed missionary spirit.
These three themes will provide a basis to articulate issues and challenges for Catholic higher education, given the particular experience of two Catholic Colleges in the early part of the 21st century, that are embedded in a larger Canadian secular university system in the British Columbian provincial context.