Social-ministry event to be held in Geneva - Catholic Courier

Social-ministry event to be held in Geneva

The Diocese of Rochester’s 2014 Social Ministry Conference will be held May 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Our Lady of Peace Parish Center, which is located on Center Street between State and Toledo streets in Geneva.

The conference is open to pastors and parish staff as well as parishioners, especially youth ministers, catechists, and members of parish councils and social-ministry committees. Conference participants will reflect on the question, "How can we integrate social ministry into every aspect of parish life?"

The conference will begin with registration at 9 a.m., followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. The conference also will include a keynote presentation from Father Jim Hewes, who has been a longtime supporter of social ministry and developed one of the first social-ministry training programs in the diocese. He also helped found Catholic Charities of Livingston County and Catholic Charities of Wayne County, and he chaired the Diocesan Human Life Commission for seven years. For the past 18 years he has been the director of Project Rachel, a reconciliation ministry for people who’ve been affected by abortion.

Lunch will be provided. Conference participants are encouraged to bring their ideas, questions, concerns, examples and experiences to share during the afternoon discussions, which will take place in an "open-space format" designed to encourage such sharing.

Registration for the conference is free, but free-will offerings are welcomed. Participants should RSVP by contacting either Marvin Mich at or 585-546-7220, ext. 7021, or Ruth Marchetti at or 585-546-7220, ext. 7099.


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