2015 Keynote Speakers

The 2015 Cathedral Ministry Conference will offer many exciting educational opportunities!

Keynote Speakers:

Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J.

Fr. Thomas ReeseJesuit Fr. Thomas J. Reese will share his keynote address, titled “Pope Francis and Church Reform” on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:00 am.
Pope Francis has surprised everyone with his actions and message. What is the ecclesiology behind his vision and where is he leading us?

Fr. Reese is senior analyst for National Catholic Reporter. Reese entered the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained in 1974. He was an associate editor of America magazine, where he wrote on politics, economics and the Catholic church, from 1978 to 1985 and editor-in-chief from 1998 to 2005. He was a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center from 1985 to 1998 and 2006 to 2013. Learn More

Sr. Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., Ph. D.

DianneBergant_smallSr. Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., Ph.D., will share her keynote address, titled “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” (Romans 10:15) on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:00 am.
This passage from Paul describes both the urgency in proclaiming the gospel and the delight in hearing it. It sets the twofold challenge in preaching. It must be alive and dynamic, and it must touch the minds and hearts of the hearers. Drawing on insights from Evangelii Gaudium, his presentation will examine the role of preaching in the Sunday assembly.

Sr. Bergant is the Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wis.; an M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University. Learn More


Fr. Jan Michael Joncas

MichaelJoncas_smallFr. Jan Michael Joncas will share his keynote address on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:00am, titled “The Second Vatican Council and Liturgy: Learning from the Past and Hopes for the Future.”
Perhaps the most visible changes in Catholic Church practices were instigated by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council with the promulgation Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. What elements of that document’s teaching have been “received” by the Church? What elements have been disregarded or superseded? What elements might shape future liturgical worship for Roman Catholics?

Fr. Joncas graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with a degree in English from St. Thomas. He earned a master’s degree in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has composed (and in some cases, recorded) 25 collections of liturgical music. One of his best-known works is “On Eagles’ Wings.” Learn More