The diocesan Catechetical Congress — Forming Communities of Missionary Disciples — will be held on Saturday, September 20, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist High School, 1170 Montauk Hwy, West Islip.

The day will include worship, a keynote address, and many workshops which will touch on every aspect of catechetical parish ministry, all focused on building communities of “missionary disciples,” as Pope Francis writes in “The Joy of the Gospel.” It will be an opportunity for renewal, formation, fellowship, and the chance to receive the blessing of catechists from Bishop Murphy.

Workshop topics include “The Gospel of Mercy,”  “Baptism Preparation for Today’s Church,” “Building an Evangelizing Community in your Parish,” and “Creative Catechesis For Multiple Intelligences.” To see the complete listing of workshops and get registration instruction, click here.

Father Theo Trujillo present the keynote address on how, as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ, we need to understand how faith and identity become embodied in culture. He will share his insights and ways of promoting spiritual growth and true community by working prayerfully through conflicts and identifying models for effective pastoral responses, principles, and practices that shape fruitful ministry in intercultural settings.

A native of Colombia, South America, Father Trujillo  is a graduate from the University of San Buenaventura in Bogota where he earned a BA in Philosophy and a Licentiate in Theology. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Salesiana in Rome. Currently he serves as Pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Simpsonville, S.C.  and was appointed Vicar of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Charleston by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone in 2011.