Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom:
Congress Days 2020 – March 27 and 28
Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK
Open to all!
Register for both days, or either day!
COST: $35/day or $50/two days (Student price: $20 flat rate) – includes meal each day
DEADLINE: Register by 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020
All are welcome to attend these days of training presented by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon to help every one of us to “Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom” in our parishes, communities and families.
Offering enrichment and inspiration Congress Days will explore the diocesan Pastoral Plan’s focus on our call to Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom and will help to equip us as missionary disciples to respond to that call!
Keynote: André Regnier
André Regnier co-founded Catholic Christian Outreaach (CCO) in Saskatoon in 1988 along with his wife Angèle. For over three decades CCO has been affecting change in the lives of the students to whom it ministers, calling them to deeper conversion and a Christ-centred life. André and Angèle were awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal for distinguished service to the Church. This is the highest medal that can be awarded to laity by the Pope.
André has written 3 books: Catholic Missionary Identity, Five Tenets to Renew the World, and Clear and Simple: How to Have Conversations that Lead to Conversion.
In November 2019, André and Angèle and their entire family (five children, three in-laws and grandchildren) spoke at the Vatican on the topic of the universal call to be missionary disciples. The family has also written a book together titled Brick by Brick that speaks about how to raise children to have missionary hearts.
André is a motivating and engaging speaker who gives talks both nationally and internationally. He is especially sought-after to present on discipleship formation in dioceses and parishes alike. His desire is to draw people to a deeper conversion to the person of Jesus Christ, and to be a catalyst for them to embrace the Church’s evangelical mission.
Keynote: Harry Lafond
Harry Lafond is from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, which is in Treaty 6 Territory, part of the Cree Nation which occupies the territories stretching from James Bay to the Rocky Mountains.
By profession Harry is a teacher, who has taught from elementary classrooms to university classes. He has a Masters degree in education with certification to teach the Cree language. He was asked to be the chief of Muskeg Lake and served the people in this role for 10 years. He is currently a councillor, a role that he has served for the past nine years. For 11 years Harry served as the Executive Director of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner in Saskatchewan.
Harry believes in the power of building relationships as the primary road to a better community and the building block to the strengthening of a people.
March 27 Breakout Session: Jackie Saretsky
Jackie Saretsky is the Coordinator of Hospital Chaplaincy for the Roman Catholic diocese of Saskatoon. She has been in this position for 4 years. Previously, she worked in the Spiritual Care department for the Saskatoon Health Region at St. Paul’s hospital in Saskatoon for 9 years.
She has a Master’s in Theological Studies and has a passion for educating people on the dignity of human life, end of life and promoting good end of life care.
March 27 Breakout Session: John Hickey
John Hickey is the Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) Campus Leader at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He and his wife Heather have four children.
John says on the CCO website: “While I was baptized as an infant, and grew up in the Church, faith was just a small interest in my life. After being away from the Church for about a year as a university student, it was through my involvement with CCO that I had an encounter with Jesus which changed everything.
He adds: “I am always blown away by the way God works so clearly and powerfully in the lives of the students I get to work with. If you just give Him a chance, he’ll do big things in your life…. Being on staff with CCO has allowed me to grow in my leadership and in my faith. Through my involvement with CCO, I have been given opportunities to lead others that I never would have thought possible. I’ve also learned how to effectively share my faith with others, which has been a great blessing in my personal life.”
March 28 Breakout Session: Patrick Clarke
Patrick Clarke has served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon over the past 21 and half years as a Youth Minister, Pastoral Associate, Parish Life Director, Cathedral Administrator and currently as the Human Resources Manager.
Patrick hold a certificates in Business Administration from the U of S and in Human Resources and Labour Relations from Athabasca University. Patrick is certified by Kilmann Diagnostics to use the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument in working with teams and individuals. Patrick is married to Tanya (20 years) and has three children ages seven to 14.
March 28 Breakout Session: Masson Normand
Masson Normand has been leading worship and speaking to audiences of all ages since 2007. He travels across Canada full-time leading faith-based events in Catholic schools. His message, combined with his musical talents, allow him to lead students to an authentic experience of Christ’s love.
PULSE is an organization dedicated to helping lead students to an authentic encounter with the person of Christ. The PULSE belief is that God has called each student by name and given him or her a unique purpose that is to be lived out boldly.