Growing in Grace Conference

restoring the vision

 

 

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
REGISTRATION
SPEAKERS

 

 

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

We are excited to invite you to the first Growing in Grace Conference (GIG)! It will be held from Wednesday 13- 17 April 2016 at Swanleigh in Middle Swan. It will incorporate key elements of the successful Embrace the Grace youth conference (ETG) held every year in New Norcia, however, this conference is targeted towards adults of all ages.

Experience a conference with a difference. GIG is based upon the charism and spirituality of Pope St. John Paul II whose contemplative, joyful, personal and heuristic approach to the faith brought countless people to Christ. The conference is designed to create an opportunity for participants to encounter the Lord, to receive formation and to experience a great sense of community. Like an encounter with the late Pope, each participant will hopefully go away feeling loved and enthusiastic about carrying out God’s calling for them.

The theme for the inaugural GIG is ‘Restoring the Vision.’ We chose this theme because we are conscious that so many of us feel dissatisfied and unfulfilled with life. So many are unsure of how to respond to the desire for something more, to address a dry spiritual life and the weariness that often comes with doing the same thing every day. Like driving around with flat tyres or looking at the world in black and white. The Church recommends that we make a retreat each year to come apart with the Lord and allow Him to renew and strengthen us- to restore our vision. In this conference, we will be reminded of God’s wonderful plan for humanity and discuss how we can both live this more fully and effectively share this with others.

Each day will involve Mass, sung Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office), optional 24 adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, discussion groups, periods of silence, a keynote address to the whole group in the morning and evening and a choice of another talk in the morning and a workshop in the afternoon. The choice of talks and workshops will allow you to choose subjects that are pertinent for you. There will even be a dinner dance on the Saturday night as the conference draws to a close. Whether you are a strongly practicing Catholic or someone on the periphery, we trust the conference will be an enriching experience. To download the GIG brochure, click here.                                                                                            back to the top

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* The registration fee of $445 includes accommodation, meals and a conference pack.
* There is some sponsorship available for those unable to pay the full amount.
* For those unable to attend for the duration of the conference, you are able to register for half the conference (Friday 1pm- Sunday 1pm). The cost for attending half the conference is $245.
* Talks will be available for purchase after the conference.
* Please let us know if you are able to sponsor someone who can not afford the registration fee, or if you or your company would like to make a donation and be a sponsor for the conference. You may not be able to bring someone to the conference, but you might be able to make it possible for someone else to have a life-changing experience.

How to register:
1) Payment can be made by sending a cheque to the Missionaries of the Gospel: PO Box 8171, Perth Business Center WA 6849. Or bank transfer to Missionaries of the Gospel, 086006 867 962 392- please include ‘GIG’ and your name in the description.
2) Fill in the registration form by clicking here. Please note, your registration will not be complete (and your place at the conference- locked in) until a non-refundable deposit of $50 is received. Places are limited.
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SPEAKERS

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Paul Kelly M.Rel.Ed.; Dip Ed.; FBDO. Religious Education Co-ordinator at Aquinas College, and popular speaker at youth events.

Discovering your temperament and spiritual gifts:  This talk will be all about YOU!  Your charisms, your temperament and your spiritual gifts.  It’s easy to get distracted in today’s culture from your central goal:  becoming a saint.  Paul will challenge you to plumb the depths of your God-given gifts.  St Louis de Montfort says that the first stage in getting closer to Jesus is through self-knowledge.  That is where you will begin in this workshop.
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Philippa Martyr
PhD. Communications and Research Officer (Clinical Research Centre, North Metropolitan Health Service Mental Health)

Restoring the Vision: Singleness, Jesus, and You: This talk is for anyone who is currently single, and anyone else who wants to support and help the single Catholics in their lives. Warning: this talk will not give you dating advice, tell you that you have a ‘single vocation’, or that you should be less picky. Instead, we will look at some practical steps towards restoring the vision of yourself and of Christ in your single life, as it is, right here, and right now.
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Ben and ElisaElisa and Ben Peterson. Ben and Elisa Peterson used their science and engineering training to research their way from life-long Protestantism into full communion with the Catholic Church, together with their children, on the Easter Vigil 2014. They have 6 children.

Forming children in the faith: Children, no less than adults, crave solid answers to their deepest questions. As Catholics who know Scripture and the teaching of the Church, we can and must share the beautiful, unshakeable, and deeply satisfying Truth with our children. In their workshop, Ben and Elisa will discuss ways to captivate children with Christ’s Truth and discuss all aspects of the faith with them in accessible, easily adapted, ways.  As adults we do not have to have all the answers prior to discussing faith with the next generation. Rather, we learn together as we seek God and grow in relationship with Him and each other.
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Fr MarkFr Mark Baumgarten. Is a diocesan priest serving as an assistant priest at Whitfords parish and as the assistant Vocations Director for the archdiocese.  He was ordained in August 2014, and has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St Thomas, Rome (Angelicum).

Discerning the Priesthood: Jesus Christ has a plan for all of our lives, and he calls each of us by name in unique ways.  A select few are called to live a life of service and sacrifice in the Holy Priesthood.  As with the Apostles, the men whom the Lord calls to the priesthood are not always those most esteemed by the world.  However, the Lord knows what he is doing, and he provides abundant graces to those whom he calls so that they may follow him faithfully.  In this presentation, Fr Mark will share the story of his unlikely call to the priesthood, and offer some suggestions for those who are trying to discern whether or not the Lord is calling them to the priesthood.

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Daniel Lazaroo BPsych(Hons), MPsych(Clinical), MACPA. Clinical Psychologist

Daniel will be giving a keynote address: Responding to a friend experiencing addiction & running a workshop entitled: Learning the greatest skill in relationships.
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Natalie Thomas LLB (Law), BA (Communication Studies), MTheol (Marriage and Family). Currently doing a Masters in Philosophy at Notre Dame.

Natalie will present a keynote address: Understanding what human dignity consists of & will run a workshop entitled: Deal breakers for Catholic relationships.
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vicky and sophieVicky Burrows and Sophie Stewart. Vicky Burrows Dip Yth Work, BA (Politics & International Relations), M.A.T.S. is the Director of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry and is doing a Masters in Philosophy. Sophie Stewart BA (Politics and International Relations) has been heavily involved with Young Christian Workers and refugees, asylum seekers and efforts to help children in detention. Sophie is currently doing her honors at UWA.

A Catholic response to migrants and refugees. The Church’s commitment to migrants and refugees can be attributed to the love and compassion of Jesus, the Good Samaritan. By responding to the divine commandment and attending to the spiritual and pastoral needs of them, the Church not only promotes the human dignity of each human person, but also proclaims the Gospel of love and peace in situations of forced migration. This workshop will explore the realities of displaced people in today’s world, our global response and how the Church is encouraging us to act with love towards others.                                                                                          …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

anthonyAnthony Coyte. Executive Officer in the Vice Chancellery (University of Notre Dame).

Discovering the gems in Pope St. John Paul II’s letter to artists

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fr brennanFr Brennan Sia. Chaplain of Catholic Youth Ministry and Assistant priest at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Fr Brennan was a pharmacist before becoming a priest.

The key elements of a strong spiritual life

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fr johnsonFr John Joseph CRS. Superior of the Somascans and resident priest at the Spearwood Parish.

Learning to Forgive

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