Upcoming Events

Rooting Youth Service Experiences: A Practical Guide

Rooting-Youth-in-Service-Logo-COLOR.pngWith the upcoming Synod of Bishops in October focusing specifically on youth, now is a springtime for us to strengthen our approach to engaging youth in service experiences. Such opportunities are formative in their catechesis and faith formation, which plants a seed for a deep love for the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

We write to invite you to attend a new workshop developed to assist you in your ministry with youth in the Archdiocese of Hartford. The Office for Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis and the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry have put together a practical guide entitled “Rooting Youth Service Experiences: A Practical Guide” coupled with a workshop to help supplement the resource. The workshops are being offered on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 - St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hartford 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • *New date added* Thursday, September 20, 2018 - St. James Parish Hall, St. Josephine Bakhita Parish, Rocky Hill 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Register here for one of these workshops.

We hope to provide you with practical guidance for planning and leading youth through meaningful service learning experiences. Whether you serve in a parish or school setting, we aim to provide you with suggestions to help you plan as well as link you to agencies and people where you can connect youth to service opportunities.


Smart Board Training Exploring the Pedagogy behind the SMART Learning Suite Online!

The purpose of this workshop is to help teachers explore the pedagogy behind SMART Learning Suite Online and how to create interactive lessons and assignments available to students anytime, anywhere. During this workshop, they will learn how to create lessons within SMART Learning Suite Online and upload any previously created lessons using SMART Notebook and participants will understand how to spark active learning, challenge students and also allow students to work at their own pace using SMART Learning Suite Online.

August 8, 2018
Session 1: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Session 2: 11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Connecticut Business Systems: 100 Great Meadow Road - 3rd Floor, Wethersfield
Email Laura to attend: Laura.McCaffrey@aohct.org


RCIA Training Day: Introduction to the RCIA

RCIA.jpgJoin the OEEC for our first RCIA workshop of the 2018 - 2019 pastoral year on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Saint Dominic in Southington.

Topics will include:

  • An introduction to/review of the RCIA process
  • Sharing of RCIA resources
  • Review of Archdiocesan RCIA guidelines
  • Engaging with the parish community
  • Utilizing social media and other digital tools for inviting inquiries

Presenters will include:

  • Lisa Orchen, Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Initiatives, Archdiocese of Hartford
  • Nicole M. Perone, Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation, Archdiocese of Hartford
  • John Grosso, Director of Digital Media, Diocese of Bridgeport

Whether you are new to RCIA ministry, or experienced but seeking ongoing formation, this workshop is for you! This workshop is open to all involved in RCIA ministry: RCIA coordinators, team members, or catechists; parish priests; Parish Catechetical Leaders; etc.

Lunch will be provided. Click here to register - Cost is $10.00.

Please contact the OEEC at 860-242-5573 if you have any questions.


Prepare for the Year of Luke:

Since the year of Luke begins on December 1, now is the time for preachers, catechists, and Bible study groups to begin focusing on his writings. Stephen J. Binz will offer insight to help Catholics understand the uniqueness of Luke's thought and ways that Luke's writings can enhance the liturgy of Cycle C, catechesis, Bible study, pastoral ministry, and personal spirituality.

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Pastoral Center, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield
Click here to register. No charge.


Accompanying Youth on Their Journey of Faith and Discernment


The OEEC is partnering with the Center for Ministry Development to offer a workshop guided by the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.

This workshop will explore accompaniment as our model for ministry with youth and their families, and engage participants in practical ways they can support young people in discernment and prayer.

For more information click here.


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