Upcoming conference aims to equip faithful to actively observe Year of Faith
By Julie Filby
All are invited to a conference Sept. 7-9 in Denver designed to build attendees up, renew their spirit, and empower them for their mission in the Church today.
“Open Wide the Doors,” hosted by Archdiocesan Renewal Ministries, will help area Catholics kick off the upcoming Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI. The Year of Faith will run Oct. 11, 2012 (the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council opening and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church) through Nov. 24, 2013. During this time, Catholics are asked to reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism to deepen their knowledge of the faith and renew their relationship with Christ.
“This conference is for anyone who desires to grow deeper in their faith, in their love for the Church, and desires a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit for the role they play in helping bring about the new evangelization in our time,” said Jim Beckman of Denver’s Augustine Institute and one of the conference organizers.
Keynote speakers include Beckman, Father Scott Traynor, Father Dave Pivonka, and Dan and Caroline Gambale Dirkes.
“When we experience the Holy Spirit and are truly transformed, it compels us to share God’s amazing love with others,” Caroline Dirkes told the Denver Catholic Register. “Our transformation leads to our proclamation. That’s what happened 2,000 years ago and that’s what needs to happen today!”
Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila will celebrate the closing Mass at 11 a.m. Sept. 9. Additional speakers include Tammy and Mark Evevard, John Leyendecker, Kate Sweeney, Mark Giszczak and Meg Beckman.
The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Convention Center at 15500 E. 40th Ave. in Denver. The cost is $80 for adults, $140 for couples, $50 for students; and priests and religious are free. To register, visit www.openwidethedoors.com. For questions, call 720-808-0637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.