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Parish Ministry & Catechetical Conference Sept. 30

Image: PMCC 2017 Cover Graphic, anchor with the words "Hope, Anchor of the Soul" from HebrewsAttend the ultimate annual event of our diocese for parish ministers, catechists, school teachers and anyone wanting to spend the day growing and learning in faith! 

This year's theme is:

Hope…. Anchor of the Soul
(Hebrews 6: 18-19)

Date & time:

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. including noon Mass with Bishop Walkowiak
(Doors open at 7:30 a.m.)


1801 Bristol Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 


$40 per person (before Sept. 22)
Late registration: (after Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.) $50 per person (no parish/school group discount)
Parish/School Discount: Register six people together from the same parish/school for $200. Registration and payment must be received together on or before Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.


Pre-registration is required for all participants (see conference pricing above). Space is limited so register early! The registration deadline is Sept. 22, 2017
Las personas que desean participar en esta conferencia necesitan inscribirse. El cupo es limitado, inscríbase temprano para asegurar su espacio. La fecha límite es Septiembre 22, 2017.
View the Conference Brochure (PDF | Flipbook) 
Reference the conference brochure link(s) above for a full list of available institutes and workshops, then register yourself or you and your group in one of three ways:
  • Online - Begin online registration and payment
  • By email - Please complete this registration form (bilingual) and submit to Marianne Verner ( as an attachment. Registration by email will be considered complete only when your payment is received. Mail check made out to  Diocese of Grand Rapids to the address under "By mail" below.
  • By mail - Register by postal mail by sending completed registration form(s) (bilingual) and payment to:  Office of Faith Formation, Attn: Marianne Verner, Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Ave. S., Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4501 

Additional Information:

The 34th annual Parish Ministry and Catechetical Conference, hosted by the diocesan office of pastoral services, will again have something for everyone to enrich their ministry experience. Over 70 workshops and two all day institutes will be offered. Catholic school teachers, and clergy, as well as parish catechetical, RCIA, youth ministry leaders/coordinators/team members, pastoral musicians and other laypeople are invited to attend and devote a day to growing and learning in faith. 

Workshops include topics on:

• Leadership and communication
• Ministry with youth and families
• Sacraments and Prayer
• Interfaith dialogue
• Adult faith formation 

Institutes | Institutos

Two full-day institutes are offered for those professionals who need Professional Theology or Spirituality for their certification. Five and 1/2 hours of professional theology will be offered for each of the Institutes, including the keynote address. Each institute will be held 10:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., breaking for the conference Mass and lunch.
  • Institute 1: Praying the Psalms for Life with Thomas Smith
  • Institute 2: Sing To The Lord: Music in Divine Worship - 10 Years Later: Where do we go from here? with Deacon Dennis Rybicki, Michelle Ogren and Robert Batastini

Keynote Presentation | Presentación Principal

Dr. John R. Wood is the author of, “Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission: 5 Steps to Winning the War Within.” Since the release of the book in December 2012, John has spoken at more than 100 parishes and schools across the country to people of all ages, inspiring thousands to embrace the message of the Universal Call to Holiness and help awaken the sleeping giant called the Catholic Church.
Dr. John R. Wood es el autor de , “Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission: 5 Steps to Winning the War Within.” (Vidas Ordinarias, Misión Extraordinaria: 5 Pasos para ganar la guerra interior). Desde el lanzamiento de su libro en diciembre de 2012, John ha hablado en más de 100 parroquias y escuelas en todo el país a personas de todas las edades, inspirando a miles de personas a abrazar el mensaje de la llamada Universal a la santidad y ayudando a despertar al gigante dormido llamado Iglesia católica. 


Questions? Contact Sister Barbara Cline, FSE, or call 616-551-4742.