Catechetical Convocation: In Review

Thanks to all who attended the great Catechetical Convocation put on by the OEC and MDREO. What a privilege and blessing it was to hear from our Shepherd and wonderful teacher, Bishop Morlino only a week away from the beginning of the Year of Faith!

As a way to look back on the day and what those gathered had a chance to learn, we are going to review this afternoon the TOP SIX tweets from the day, as created by Fr. Eric Sternberg and Madison Catholic Youth. Go ahead and follow their twitter accounts for more entertaining and inspiring tweets.

Number Six
This quote may have gotten the most laughs of the day, as the Bishop began his second hour of teaching in the morning. Relating modernism to Burger King, a few quotes via song and other little bits of humor here and there were appreciated by all.

Number Five
As the Year of Faith draws close, the Bishop encouraged his catechetical leaders to dive into the teachings of the Church as found in the Catechism, as well as teachings from the Second Vatican Council, like those on religious freedom and the sacred liturgy.

Number Four
The Bishop shared at length about the theme for the Year of Faith in the Diocese of Madison – Evangelization Through Beauty. He was primed to talk about it, as he had just written a great article about the search for true beauty in the Catholic Herald this week!

Number Three
As this day was dedicated to the formation of the catechetical leaders in the Diocese, it was fitting that they were given some history on the true teaching of the Catholic Church. Bishop Morlino, in teaching about the Second Vatican Council, reminded those present that the doctrine has not changed. Teach methods throughout the Church’s history have changed, and they must, to keep up with technology and after reflecting on the signs of the times. (Take a look at Gaudium et spes, 4 to get an idea of what reflecting on the signs of the times means!)

Number Two
At the heart of this whole day, and the entire Year of Faith, is the reminder that we are all called to holiness. Pray hard this week and get ready to enter through, “the ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) [that is] is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church” (Porta fidei, 1).

Number One:
Fr. Eric’s opening tweet for the day takes the top sport on the review of the 2012 Catechetical Convocation. Simple and true words were tweeted. As this Year of Faith draws near, let us remember to keep him in our prayers — especially that he is blessed with many healthy, holy years ahead of leadership in our Diocese!

It was a great day, indeed.

As for a few business matters, if you don’t follow this blog yet, go ahead and sign up for e-mail updates right now! Also, we didn’t show the demo of the first Year of Faith video being produced in collaboration with Backflip Films. If you head over to, you can preview it there. Check back next week for the real thing and plenty more resources as this year gets started!

Again, thank you so much to all who made time to be with us on this great occasion. For those who weren’t able to join us, hopefully this was a good start at the recap. All are welcome to weigh in with other highlights or questions!

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