By Liz Sullivan
Same enriching experience.
The California Catholic Ministry Conference (CaCMC), formerly known as the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference, will take place December 5-7 at the San José Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Growing in Faith … Living with Hope.”
In addition to the new name, the conference has moved its location from Santa Clara to the more accessible San José Convention Center. The conference is a collaboration effort between the Dioceses of San José and Monterey, along with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Dioceses of Oakland and Stockton.
The Conference, in addition to Catechetical Formation, is also focusing on Social Justice, liturgy and leadership development. Region XI Liturgy Directors are leading a liturgical track, and liturgical publishers and artists are joining for liturgical formation. Clergy formation is now a key part of the Conference this year focusing on preaching and presiding, with Clergy formators being contacted across Region XI.
In 2018, an additional day, Thursday, was added to the schedule for day-long workshops sponsored by our partners in ministry. This year, the number of day-long workshops will increase from four to six.
“Our theme this year is Growing in Faith, Living with Hope. There are many challenges confronting our world, our nation, and our church. And at times, these challenges may make us feel powerless to change the course of events,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú Bishop of San José, and Diocese of Monterey Bishop Daniel E. García in a welcome letter to attendees. “However, for us as Catholics, our faith empowers us to infuse these challenges with the light of faith which can bring about profound hope in our times. This Conference is a time for us to remember the words of Isaiah, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone.”
There also will be several night time events this year, after the regular conference sessions have ended for the day.
On Friday, December 6 the Assyrian Women’s Chorus will perform at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. A day later, Presentation High School will perform a concert at the Cathedral. Both are open to the public.
In addition, the Diocese will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with celebrations at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in San José. (Check out CaCMC.net for more information).
This year’s conference features more than 120 workshops, 80 speakers, sponsors and prayer opportunities. Bishop Cantú and Bishop Garcia will celebrate Mass on December 7.
Regular registration rates for the second and third days of the conference will increase $10 on November 18
“It is our hope that this year’s Conference will enrich our local churches and each one of us in this Advent, a joyous season of hope!,” Bishop Cantú and Bishop Garcia added.
For more information, and to register: www.cacmc.net.