Welcoming and Commisioning Day

As Catechetical leaders in the Church we share in the teaching ministry of the Bishop, our ministry flows from the Bishop. As a sign of this each year those engaged in Faith Formation as Directors and Youth Ministers gather together to be commissioned by the Bishop (or his delegate) during Eucharist. As part of this day we gather as community building community, networking and for an ongoing formation session. This year our liturgy will be celebrated by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath and our speaker is Dr. Owen Cummings.

Welcoming and Commissioning Day is a long-standing tradition in the Diocese of San Jose. It offers an opportunity for pastoral ministry leaders to renew friendships and welcome new-comers. It also includes a special liturgy and commissioning.  Guest speaker, Deacon Owen F. Cummings.

Owen F. Cummings, who is currently Regents Chair of Theology, Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean at Mount Angel Seminary, Mount Angel, Oregon. Owen and his wife Cathy (who is a psychotherapist) are the parents of five children and grandparents of seven. Owen and Cathy currently live in the town of Silverton, Oregon. Owen is originally from Glasgow, Scotland. Owen has taught not only on the College/University levels but has taught in Catholic High Schools, was Director of Education and Formation for the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City, Utah and was Director of the Office of Diaconate Formation, Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah. Owen brings to his presentations not only his intellect but insights, quick wit, and a deep love for his faith and the Church and his pastoral experiences. He will break open for us the Catechetical Sunday theme, “Enlisting witnesses for Jesus Christ.”

Thursday, September 27

Holy Family Parish
4848 Pearl Ave.,
San Jose, CA  95136

Registration fee is $25.00 per person, make  check payable to Diocese of San Jose. You may RSVP early online. Please ensure that the check contains the online RSVP registrant name. For flyer click here.

Send completed form and  check to:
Office for Parish Services, Attn: Semi Gurbiel
The Chancery, 1150 North First Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95112-4966

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