Busy summer ahead for faith formation in Oakland diocese

Five major faith formation events are scheduled in the diocese or nearby, including the 2019 Catechetical Congress on Aug. 10 at Bishop O’Dowd High School

Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California.

It will be a busy summer for faith formation. Five major faith formation events are scheduled in the Diocese of Oakland, or nearby.

“Lead Me Lord” is the title of the Diocese of Oakland’s 2019 Catechetical Congress, to be held Aug. 10 at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. One thousand participants are expected this year; 700 attended the 2018 event.

This year, there will be offerings in three languages: English, Spanish and Vietnamese. San Jose Bishop Oscar Cantú and Victor Valenzuela, vice president of ministry formation for Dignity Health, will be the keynote speakers for the Spanish-speaking community.

Bob Rice, professor at Franciscan University, and Rev. Hy Nguyen will be the keynote speakers for the English and Vietnamese communities.

A dozen speakers will lead workshops during the day. Register online at www.oakdiocese.org/congress. Early-bird registration is $35 before July 15, after that date $40. There will be no onsite registration. Last day to register is Aug. 5.

Two events for teenagers are also on the calendar. NorCal Discipleship Training: Youth on a Mission, which runs June 20-23 at Holy Names University in Oakland, is a four-day discipleship training camp for Catholic teens. At Youth on a Mission, youth will encounter Christ, learn practical skills for servant leadership, discover God’s call to evangelize, be encouraged to be active in parish life and be challenged to take the next step in their discipleship.

Registration and information are available at norcalcatholicyouth.org. Register by June 1 to pay $249 per person. Contact Richard Cherveny of the Diocese of Sacramento, 916-366-7954, or rcherveny@scd.org, for additional information.

With the theme “Belong,” Steubenville NorCal returns to the East Bay July 26-28. The event will be held at the San Ramon Marriott. Early-bird pricing, at $190 per participant, ends June 1; after that, the fee is $205.

Patti Collyer, coordinator of youth ministry and special initiatives, calls the conference, sponsored by Life Teen, “transformative,” helping young people “to encounter Christ.”

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate the closing Mass on July 28.

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