One day courses for ministry training, faith formation and general interest open to all.

Date:   Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time:   10:00 am to 4:00 pm, unless otherwise noted
Notre Dame Secondary, 2880 Venables St., Vancouver
Cost:   $40.00 on or before January 16, 2019
$45.00 after January 16, 2019
    Online registration is now closed
In-person registration begins at 9 a.m. at Notre Dame Secondary


Addressing the Clerical Sexual Abuse Discovering the Gospels
Basics of the Faith – Part II Classroom Management
Volunteer Management: There Is No “I” in “TEAM” Adult Catechesis – Part I


Course Descriptions

Addressing the Clerical Sexual Abuse

Course No: W801

Presenter: Jean-Luc Padley


With the recent revelations of sexual abuse as well as cover-ups at some of the highest levels in the Church, it is important to understand how certain Churchmen have failed, how the Church has responded properly, and what still needs to be done to bring perpetrators to justice and to provide support to victims.

With this information and using the Catholic Voices method, we will be able to answer the question, “Why has it taken so long for the Church to take clerical sexual abuse seriously?” in a way that sheds light and avoids generating heat in discussions with family, friends and professional associates.

Jean-luc Padley is from Catholic Voices Academy. He is a graduate student in the Trinity Western University Counselling Program – Marriage and Family Therapy.


Basics of the Faith – Part II 

Course No: W802

Presenters: Fr. Anthony Ho & Madonna House


The Catholic Faith is true and beautiful, but many have yet to discover its riches. Part 2 explores the moral life and prayer, two of the four pillars of the Catholic Faith.

Fr. Anthony Ho is pastor of St. John the Apostle in Vancouver. Madonna House is a Catholic community dedicated to poverty, prayer and hospitality.


Volunteer Management: There is no “I” in “TEAM”

Course No: W803

Presenters: Clayton Imoo & Erwin Fung


A parish ministry will have a much better chance of growing if there is a team of people involved in its leadership.  This workshop will help parish leaders to recruit, train, and support ministry volunteers. Come to this workshop to learn some practical and effective ways of reaching out to new potential leaders and how to keep them on board.

Clayton Imoo (Associate Director) and Erwin Fung (Coordinator) work in the Ministries and Outreach Office of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.  They have over 40 years of combined ministry experience, primarily in youth ministry.


Discovering the Gospels

Course No: W804

Presenter: Susan Diewold


Why are the same stories slightly different in each of the Gospels? What’s the difference between a temple and a synagogue? How is Jesus the fulfillment of the Old Testament? We will look at Jesus’ life and ministry, the culture and political scene of the time, how the New Testament was assembled and more. Together we’ll discover diverse ways to read, study, ponder and teach the Gospels. This is an excellent course for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of our Lord and the Gospels. Come, and bring your questions.

Susan Diewold has worked in the Catholic Schools of Vancouver for many years.  She is a long time parishioner of St. Mary’s, Vancouver and participates in the parish RCIA and the 5 pm Choir.


Classroom Management

Course No: W805

Presenter: Murita Chua


In this course, you will learn how to create a religious education environment conducive to learning and celebrating. Topics include: creating a positive catechetical environment, establishing classroom norms and consequences, conflict resolution, group management and communication skills.

Murita Chua is the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.


Adult Catechesis – Part I

Course No: W806

Presenter: Jody Garneau

Full Day

“Go… teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”. This workshop provides an overview of the role of adult catechesis in the mission of the Church. Participants will examine the content that is to be delivered, including the Sacred Scripture doctrine and personal testimony. While emphasis is given to RCIA, the principles explored are applicable to any form of adult catechesis.

Jody Garneau is a parishioner at St. Ann’s Church in Abbotsford. She has been involved in RCIA and Adult Faith Formation for many years.


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For more information contact the Ministries and Outreach Office: 604-683-0281 ext. 50237

Winter Institute Registration:

  • The cost of registration includes morning  snack and lunch.
  • Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Late registration is not guaranteed a lunch
  • Registrant should confirm billing arrangement with parish or school.
  • Registration is not processed until payment has been received.
  • Request for refunds must be received by January 14, 2019 to: 604.683-0281 or
  • For a refund, there is a $5 processing fee which will be deducted from your remaining balance.

Online registration is now closed
In-person registration begins at 9 a.m. at Notre Dame Secondary

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