During last week's Spring Enrichment gathering at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, The Evangelist asked participants to talk about their favorite workshops. The four-day event brought together religious educators from across the Albany Diocese for courses on various aspects of faith.
Workshop: "So what? Why It Matters that We Believe in God and Who That God Is"
"It made me think about my own perceptions of God: Am I living to my full potential? I was going into it from a youth minister's point of view, but until you've looked into your own faith, you can't really get there with others." - Kathleen Curtin, St. Mary's parish, Clinton Heights; youth minister at Holy Trinity and St. Michael's, Cohoes
Workshop: "Digital Discipleship"
"It gave us a lot of good ideas. We really don't do anything computer-wise with the kids. We don't think like that. Spring Enrichment always gives me that push." - Jaime Kosowicz, Holy Trinity parish, Johnstown
Workshop: "Third Edition of the Roman Missal: Something Old is New Again"
[The speaker] "had an excellent presentation. She gave information on what we are [currently] saying and what the changes are going to be. It gave me enough of the background to be able to answer questions parishioners may have." - Elizabeth Schlesier, Christ Our Light parish, Loudonville
Workshop: "How Catholics Read the Bible"
"It gave me some more background information and context. We looked at comparisons of the four Gospels and how they were geared toward different audiences. It will make it more meaningful when I'm reading the New Testament." - Peg Schumacher, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany
Workshop: "Introduction to the Liturgical Year"
"I didn't really have a good understanding of what the liturgical year was. The presenter broke it down into the Christian year being a year with God as its basis. The liturgical year really has no beginning or end. It's in God's time. I'm very time-oriented. To realize that there are other time frames that are not binding - it's kind of comforting." - Robert Ottaviano, Immaculate Conception parish, Glenville
Workshop: "Women of the Hebrew Scriptures"
"Women get overlooked a lot when we think about Church. We're mostly a patriarchal and hierarchical society. There are a lot more women mentioned in the Bible. Even though history is 'his' story, women did play a role in the Church." - JR McGinn, Christ Our Light parish, Loudonville