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Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., Ph.D.

 Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., Ph.D.

Presentation: “Looking Forward: Ministry Preparation for Priests
in the Church of the 21st Century”

Ministry in the life of the Church during the past half century has evolved and developed according to the conditions of the people being served and the culture in which it exists. Since Vatican II, awareness of the close connection between Church and society has called forth creative response from priests and others serving the needs of the faithful. This talk examines the requirements of preparation for priests who will serve the Church as it exists in reality these days and also take into account the impact of secular culture on the Church today.  Among the questions to be explored are: What are the realities of the present day and what changes are ongoing or likely to affect ministry in the future?   What is happening to the strength of Catholic identity and church attendance in recent years? On the whole, is polarization a factor among parishioners, priests, and lay ministers? What shifts in parish life have taken place recently?

Biography: Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., Ph.D.

Sr. Katarina Schuth has been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Rochester, MN, from 1960 to the present. Her career as a faculty member in higher education spans four decades. Since 1991 she held an Endowed Professorship for the Social Scientific Study of Religion at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. In 2017 she retired from teaching, but continues to do research, write, and give presentations. Along with numerous articles, she has written six books on church life and well over 100 articles and book chapters. Her most recent book, Seminary Formation: Recent History, Current Circumstances, and New Directions, published in 2016 by Liturgical Press, covers the last thirty years of education and formation for ministry. She also authored Priestly Ministry in Multiple Parishes, published by the same press in 2006, for which she surveyed and interviewed a 1000 priests who are pastoring more than one parish.

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Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda, S.T.L., S.T.D.

Bishop Arturo Cepeda

Presentation: “A Band of Joyful Missionary Disciples:
International Priests Serving our Multicultural Church”

In the light of the New Evangelization, this presentation will explore the blessings and the opportunities our fellow international priests bring to the unique makeup of the multicultural U.S. Church.

Biography: Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda, S.T.L., S.T.D.

Bishop Jose Arturo Cepeda Escobedo, STL, STD, is originally from San Luis Potosí, SLP, Mexico. He received his elementary and High School education in Catholic schools of San Luis Potosí under the direction of the Sisters and Brothers Josefinos. Later, he completed a year of spiritual formation, followed by studies in philosophy at the Archdiocesan Seminary Guadalupano Josefino. After moving with his family to San Antonio, Texas, Bishop Cepeda continued his seminary studies at Our Lady of the Lake University, and obtained a degree in Religious Studies with a specialty in Psychology from the College Seminary of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Returning to San Antonio’s Assumption Seminary he received the degree of Master in Divinity from Oblate School of Theology and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Patricio Flores on June 1, 1996. In 2001 after obtaining the degree of Master in Biblical Theology from the University of St. Mary’s and while he was assigned as parochial vicar in the Cathedral of San Fernando, Bishop Cepeda traveled to Rome to study at the Pontifical University “St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum,” where he successfully obtained a licentiate and doctorate degrees in Sacred Theology (STL, STD).

Returning to San Antonio in 2005, he fulfilled teaching and formation duties at Assumption Seminary and Oblate School of Theology. He served as Vocation Director and Faculty member of the Transitional Ministry Formation Program for newly ordained priests. He also served as formation faculty for the Center of Spiritual Direction “St. Peter upon the Water” in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Bishop Cepeda was named Vice Rector of Assumption Seminary in 2009.

In 2010 he was installed as rector of the Seminary, where he served until his appointment as Titular Bishop of Tagase and Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit on May 5, 2011. He serves as vicar of Hispanic Ministry and Immigration for the Archdiocese of Detroit. In December 2012, Bishop Cepeda was appointed director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, a position he held until June 2017.

Bishop Cepeda currently serves as a member of the following USCCB Committees and Subcommittees: Committee on Catholic Education, Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service, and the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs. He also serves as Episcopal Liaison for the Instituto Fe y Vida and the Federación de Institutos Pastorales (FIP), and the National Federation of Priests’ Councils (NFPC).

On August 29, 2013, in the city of Las Vegas, NV, Bishop Arturo Cepeda summoned the leadership of all national Hispanic pastoral organizations to a preliminary conversation on the initiative of a V Encuentro. Bishop Cepeda said the meetings have been the backbone in the development of Hispanic / Latino ministry and have given us the opportunity to interpret and project our own identity, presence and contributions to the Church and society in the United States into the future. Bishops Arturo Cepeda, Gerald Barnes, Nelson Pérez and Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller were elected by the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs to more directly accompany the Encuentro process. Bishop Cepeda is the national vice-president of the V Encuentro.

In 2013 Bishop Cepeda was honored with the “American Bible Society Christian Leadership Award” which is presented to a Christian Church leader that exemplifies great leadership skills.

Hello Connie,

I would like to UPDATE my address. I am no longer at 802 Lovell Ave. Tybee Island, GA

I am retired and now my residence address is:
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
222 E. Harris Street
Savannah, GA 31401

My email is the same as is my cell phone.
I believe my dues are up to date

THANK YOU, Connie, for assisting me in keeping my NFPC information coming to me


Fr. Tom Peyton


Fr. Allan Deck, SJ

Father Allan Deck, SJ

Presentation: “Re-configuring the Priesthood in Times of Epochal Change”

The ministerial priesthood is at the forefront of ecclesial reform today in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has vigorously taken up the mantle of reform insisting on one common identity for all the baptized, namely, that of “missionary disciples.” The ministerial priesthood is thus being invited to develop spiritually and to reconfigure itself in ways that reflect its missiological and evangelizing character in a time of unprecedented “epochal” change. With more than forty years of background and service in the U.S. Church as pastor, writer, and theologian–and building on the NFPC’s central role in the lives of priests and the local church over five decades– Father Deck will seek to illuminate the nature and implications for the ministerial priesthood of the emerging vision of the priesthood suitable for an extroverted Church that is at once evangelizing and being evangelized, and siempre en salida, that is, “always reaching out.”

Biography: Father Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, PH.D., S.T.D.

Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck is currently Rector of the Jesuit Community and Distinguished Scholar of Pastoral Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He holds doctoral degrees in Missiology and in Latin American Studies. As a newly ordained priest he served as administrator of a barrio parish and as first diocesan director of Hispanic Ministry. He taught pastoral theology and Latino studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University where he established the Instituto Hispano. Father Deck was a co-founder and first president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM). In 1997 he established the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA and served as its first Executive Director. In 2008 he was named first Executive Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Father Deck has authored or edited nine volumes on pastoral ministry, faith and culture, and spirituality. His latest book is titled Francis, Bishop of Rome: The Gospel for the Third Millennium and is published by Paulist Press. This year in cooperation with the USCCB he edited a manual for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities titled Building Intercultural Competence for Catholic Colleges and Universities which will be published in 2018.


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