OEEC Virtual Events
Women's Conference 2020 - Going Virtual!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Archdiocesan Women's Conference, scheduled for November 7, 2020, has been postponed in-person.
However, the experience of the Women's Conference will take place in an extended virtual format, from this fall to next spring. These virtual events will take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The evening will be a little taste of the Women's Conference experience: a workshop followed by a unique prayer experience.
We invite you to register in advance for the virtual event and come as you are - yoga pants or sweatshirt or stilettos, glass of wine or cup of tea - to partake in spiritual nourishment and time in community as a taste of the experience of the Women's Conference in this socially distant time.... and of course, you can save your registration fee for the next in-person conference in 2021, because this year will be free of charge!
Please join us on December 2, 2020 for our next session:
Workshop: Mary's YES (presented by Sheri Dursin)
“I am the Lord’s Servant. May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) Mary’s response to God’s invitation brought Christ into the world and changed our lives forever. What courage and faith it must have taken to say “yes”—an act of complete surrender to God’s will. In doing so, Mary shows us what our response to God’s call should be. During this Advent season, reflect on the ways in which God is inviting you into an intimate relationship with your Creator. By responding with our own “yes” we are bringing Christ into the world every day.
Prayer Experience: Visio Divina
Visio divina invites the viewer into "divine seeing." Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina. Similarly, visio divina invites one to encounter the divine through images. A prayerful consideration of and interaction with a photograph in the magazine, icon, piece of art, or other visual representation allows the viewer to experience the divine in a unique and powerful way. Visio divina can be practiced individually or in a small group or worship setting by using a piece of art as a focal point for prayer. Scripture can also be paired with the image in order for the viewer to reflect on the scripture through the art. (Description courtesy of The Upper Room Ministries)
Please feel free to share this event with anyone who would benefit from participating. All women of faith, of every age and stage, are welcome! More information about the virtual conference and the schedule of speakers is available on the Women's Conference webpage.
Christus Vivit Virtual Study Group
The OEEC will be breaking open Christus Vivit, the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis to young people and to the entire people of God. This document challenges each of us to consider the ways we can serve young people enthusiastically and joyfully, and invites them into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church.
All who have a heart for serving young people (both youth and young adults) and engaging them in the life of the Church are invited to attend!
We especially invite:
- pastors and parochial vicars;
- priest chaplains to high schools and colleges;
- Catholic school teachers and campus ministers;
- youth ministers;
- leaders of young adult ministries;
- parish catechetical leaders and catechists;
- sacramental preparation coordinators;
- and beyond!
If you have ever said “Where are all the young people??” or “I wish we had more young people engaged in our parish,” you are welcome too!
Due to recent changes within the structure of the OEEC, we are postponing these meetings until early 2021. Please feel free to register, we will send you an email announcing the dates as soon as they are set. They will be hosted on GoToMeeting with this recurring link, but we ask anyone interested in attending any session to please complete this simple registration form for our own record-keeping.
Those dates are as follows:
- *Postponed* November 11: Introduction and Overview
- Theme 1 – The Holiness of the Young
- Theme 2 – The Spirit of Synodality
- Theme 3 – The Journey of Accompaniment
- Theme 4 – The Now: Reality and Response
- Theme 5 – The Gospel Message
- Theme 6 – Pathways of Ministry
- Theme 7 – The Wisdom of Generations
- Theme 8 – The Call to Leadership
- Theme 9 – An Invitation to Discernment
- Theme 10 – Our Pathway to Mission
We will be using the NFCYM study guide Christus Vivit: The Pathway to Accompaniment as a resource. (It is also expected that attendees will have read Christus Vivit itself, freely accessible by clicking.)
We look forward to this rich series of conversations and hope you will join us! If you have any qestions, please contact us.
Advent Evening of Reflection
Save the date for an Advent Evening of Reflection on December 15, 2020, facilitated by Colleen Moore of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.
This event is in conjunction with the New England Faith Forum.