CFM Announces Event Calendar for “Year of Faith”

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 11:13

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SAGINAW – The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw’s Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., in Saginaw has announced its calendar of retreats and enrichment opportunities for 2012-2013 — a year which Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed the Year of Faith.

“I am very pleased to announce the presenters who have agreed to be part of this year’s line-up,” said Dr. Dan Osborn, Director of the Center for Ministry. “In particular, we are blessed to offer an enrichment opportunity led by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone. He will join us on October 27 to speak about a topic very close to his heart – the Holy Eucharist.”

Other highlights during the year include a September 22 offering on “dealing with change” facilitated by Tom Conklin, Executive Director of Catholic Family Service. “This is an important session to offer to our entire community as the diocese continues the work of Planning Tomorrow’s Parishes,” Osborn added. “And given the importance the Church is giving to the New Evangelization, we are grateful that Sister Ann Shields will be here in March to lead a mini-retreat on this theme.”

To commemorate the Year of Faith — which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council — Dr. Osborn and his wife, LeAnne, will lead a Faith Study evening called "Into the Deep" on the first Wednesday of each month from October to May. It is not necessary to attend every study sessions; individuals are invited to attend some or all.

An overview of the entire year’s offerings and session leaders follows:

Sept. 22           

Dealing with Change and Helping Others along the Way, Tom Conklin

Oct. 3-May 1    

“Into the Deep” Faith Study Evening (First Wed. of each month), Dr. Dan Osborn and LeAnne Osborn

Oct. 5-7            

Make Room for Love: Lay Ministry Retreat in Conway, Mich., Father Ron Wagner 
Oct. 27             

Eucharist and Reconciliation, Bishop Joseph Cistone and Dr. Dan Osborn 

Nov. 10            

Catholicism: Faith, Reason, and the Love Story, Dr. Dan Osborn 

Nov. 17             

Inner Peace and Happiness: A Saints' Guide, Father Bert Gohm 

Dec. 1              

Advent Readings, Father José Cabrera    

Jan. 5               

Wellness Day Retreat, Jean Thiele, Molly Morrisey and Sr. Yvonne Mary Loucks

Feb. 1-2            

Living the Beatitudes, Father Bernie Owens   

Feb. 14             

Valentine Couples’ Night Out with Bishop Cistone

Feb. 15-17         

Lenten Retreat: Scriptural Reflections on the C Cycle Sunday readings, Father Bill Taylor   

March 8-9         

Lenten mini-retreat: Conversion, the New Evangelization and Me, Sr. Ann Shields    
April 12-14        

Women’s Retreat: Called to be Free, Feminine and Filled with Faith, Jenny Klement

April 27            

Apocalyptic Literature, Father Bill Taylor

The 2012-13 Center for Ministry brochure, including associated event fees, is available by clicking here or register by calling (989)797-6607.

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