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Keynote Speakers

Most Reverend Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston

Friday Session Title: Mercy: The True Face of Love

His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston and pastor to its 1.7 million-plus Catholics (and the 6.2 million people within the Archdiocese) and 435 priests in 146 parishes and 59 schools spread over 8,880 square miles. His seats are St. Mary Cathedral Basilica in Galveston and the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston.

Born in Steubenville, Ohio, and raised with three siblings in Castle Shannon near Pittsburgh, Cardinal DiNardo attended St. Anne grade school and the Jesuit-run Bishop's Latin school before enrolling in St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received his master's degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and degrees of Sacred Theology from both the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on July 16, 1977 and served as parish pastor, seminary professor, spiritual director and in the chancery. From 1984 to 1991, he worked in Rome as a staff member for the Congregation for Bishops, as director of Villa Stritch (the house for American clergy), and as adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College. In 1991 he returned to Pittsburgh, serving as pastor to several parishes and again in the chancery.

He was appointed coadjutor bishop of Sioux City, Iowa and ordained there as a bishop in October 1997. As his Episcopal motto he adopted: Ave Crux Spes Unica, meaning "Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope." He succeeded retiring Bishop Lawrence Donald Soens of Sioux City in November of 1998.

He was named coadjutor bishop (later coadjutor archbishop) of Galveston-Houston in January 2004 and succeeded Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza on February 28, 2006. On June 29, 2006, he received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in November of 2007 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He was designated the titular Church of Sant'Eusebio in Rome. 

As a member of the Sacred College, he served as a Cardinal-Elector in the Papal Conclave of 2013, which saw the election of Pope Francis to the See of Peter. 

In November of the same year, he was elected by his brother bishops as the Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for a three-year term. Cardinal DiNardo served as President of the USCCB from Nov. 2016 - Nov. 2019.

He is on the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Mike Patin

Saturday Session #1: Fearless Love
Saturday Session #2: Bearers of God's Love

Mike Patin, “the Engagin’ Cajun,” is from Louisiana.  He has spent over 35 years serving the church as a high school teacher, coach, diocesan staff person, and youth minister. Since 2003, he has been a full time “faith horticulturist” — speaking across North America to young people and adults on connecting Catholic faith to everyday living and living life faithfully and joyfully.

When Mike is asked how he likes to be introduced, his response is “as a man of hope & a struggling disciple of the Risen Jesus.”

Workshop Sessions

Workshop Sessions provide participants a chance to learn more about a variety of topics. The topics below are separated into ministry-specific categories. Participants are invited to pick workshops that either enhance or support their current ministry or to learn something new about a different ministry offering.

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There will be 2 sessions for workshops on each day of the conference.  Please see below for a list of workshop titles that will be available during the Proclaim 2022 Conference. Speaker details will be updated soon.

Youth Ministry

  • Accompanying Youth through a Post-Pandemic World
  • Evangelizing 21st-Century Hispanic Youth
  • Catechizing 21st-Century Hispanic Families

Catechesis and Faith Formation

  • Have Mercy on Those Parents (for PCLs)
  • Adaptive Ministry: Reaching and Teaching All of God's Children (for Catechists)
  • Being Intentionally Catechetical in your Service Learning (for Catechists)
  • Guiding Disciples to Where Their Gifts are Fruitful (for PCLs)
  • What Parents in the 21st Century Need to Know (Bilingual presentation in English/Vietnamese)
  • Being Intentionally Catechetical in Your Service Learning
  • Show Us O Lord Your Mercy, and Grant us Your Salvation

Family Life Ministry

  • Theology of the Body for Families
  • Raising Missionary Disciples in Your Family
  • Show Us O Lord Your Mercy, and Grant Us Your Salvation
  • The Transformative Power of Marriage

Liturgy and Worship

  • Celebrating the Rite Way: Initiation Rites with Adults & Families
  • Unity in the Liturgy: The Continuing Call to Hospitality in the Midst of Diversity
  • How the Eucharist can Radically Transform Your Parish
  • Eucharist and Meaning: Encounter Christ Through Mystagogical Reflection on Experience

Catholic Schools

  • Be Jesus Christ in the World: Living Out the Spiritual & Corporeal Acts of Mercy
  • How to Light the Fire of the Holy Spirit: Responding to Students' Questions (for Teachers/Catechists)

Young Adult & Campus Ministry

  • Living Christus Vivit: How to Engage Young Adults in the Parish
  • Young Adults, Peer Leadership, & Accompaniment

Pro-Life Ministry

  • Transgender, Human Nature & Ethics of Medical Intervention
  • After Roe?: Evaluating Dobbs, Preparing Ourselves

Living the Catholic Faith

  • Sharing God's Message: Being a Great Parish Communicator
  • Reviving Your Parish Post-Pandemic
  • Unlocking the Power of the Rosary
  • How Older Adult Catechesis Can Reenergize Your Parish
  • 5 Ways to Build a Culture of Vocations
  • Igniting and Extinguishing: Results from the Synod
  • Serving Ministry & Keeping Sane

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